October 4, 2016—With the pending Florida Constitutional Amendment on the November Ballot regarding medical marijuana, Kevin Wimberly provided a CLE-credit presentation entitled Medical Marijuana & Intellectual Property in Florida. Kevin discussed distinctions between Florida trademarks and federal trademarks while also providing examples and strategies for obtaining a medical marijuana trademark should the constitutional amendment pass. He also addressed marijuana patent issues and how local government regulations may affect medical marijuana dispensaries.
September 26, 2016—Fred Romano and John DeAngelis are scheduled to present another in a series of intellectual property law luncheon seminars at Florida Institute of Technology on October 11, 2016. All seminars in this series are open to the public at a minimal cost to cover lunch for the participant. At the October seminar they will discuss commercial transactions, especially as related to start-up and new businesses. Previous seminars in this series covered other aspects of intellectual property, including patents, copyrights and trademarks. For further information or to register for the seminar please contact Fred or John through our website or Mary Tabeling at Florida Tech at firstname.lastname@example.org or 321-674-8382. The seminars will continue monthly through June 2017.
September 21, 2016—Kevin Wimberly guest lectured during the Copyright Law class at Barry University’s School of Law. Kevin’s lecture used several real world case examples to teach the students about certain copyright issues, including the registration precondition to filing suit, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”), preliminary injunctions, and the way that copyright prosecution intersects with copyright litigation.
September 14, 2016—BWSM attorneys Terry Sanks, Robert Wolter, Amber Davis and Fred Romano provided a multifaceted presentation to members of the Association of Corporate Counsel entitled “Can You Keep a Secret? Considerations When Protecting Trade Secrets.” After a thought provoking overview of why trade secrets are so important in today’s business economy, a detailed review of the Florida Uniform Trade Secrets Act followed. The recently enacted Defend Trade Secrets Acts of 2016 was then discussed which was followed by a detailed analysis of restrictive covenants in Florida. The presentation concluded with a review of recommended best practices for in-house attorneys.
September 10, 2016—After a year hiatus, BWSM is again leading the Orange County Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Committee. Shanti Hill is Chair of the Committee for 2016-2017, and Erica Cipparone is Co-Chair. In addition to her role as Chair, Shanti kicked off the committee meetings this term with a presentation entitled “Copyright Litigation Post-Petrella v. MGM: Special Issues with Old Infringements.” Kevin Wimberly is scheduled to provide a presentation entitled “How Florida’s Medical Marijuana Vote Might Affect IP” on October 4, 2016. Then, as part of a three-hour Continuing Legal Education program on November 4, 2016, Terry Sanks is providing a presentation on “Recent Trade Secrets Protection Developments and Practitioners’ Tips: What is the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016? How Does It Vary from the Florida Uniform Trade Secrets Act?”
August 15, 2016—Beusse Wolter Sanks & Maire, PLLC is proud to announce that Jim Beusse, Christine McLeod and Terry Sanks have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. The categories in which each of these attorneys were chosen include:
Jim Beusse: Patent Law
Christine McLeod: Patent Law
Terry Sanks: Patent Law
Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers® lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Over 83,000 leading attorneys globally are eligible to vote, and we have received more than 13 million votes to date on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. For the 2017 Edition of The Best Lawyers® 7.3 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in almost 55,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers® is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”
July 13, 2016—Amber Davis authored a chapter in the book entitled Recent Trends in Trademark Protection, 2016 Edition, published by Thomson Reuters/Aspatore Books. The title of Amber’s chapter is Proper Research and Careful Communication with Clients Provide the Best Offense and Defense in Trademark Arena. The book published July 2016.
June 14, 2016—Terry Sanks was invited to be an author for the book entitled Recent Trends In Patent Infringement Lawsuits, 2016 Edition published by Thomson Reuters/Aspatore Books. The book published June 2016. The title of Terry’s chapter is Recent Trends in Patent Infringement Litigation have had a Profound Effect on Strategy.
June 9, 2016—Super Lawyers magazine recently published the 2016 edition of its magazine and several BWSM attorneys were included. Terry Sanks and Jim Beusse were recognized as Super Lawyers. Amber Davis and Kevin Wimberly were recognized as Rising Starts. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in Florida are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. With respect to Rising Stars, no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in Florida are selected to receive this honor.
Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.
May 24, 2016—Terry Sanks and David Maire have been recognized as “IP Stars” by Managing Intellectual Property (“MIP”) magazine in the fourth edition of the IP Stars Handbook—a Managing IP for 2016. Dave is recognized as a “Patent Star” for his patent prosecution practice. Terry’s recognition resulted from his varied legal practice covering primarily patent prosecution and IP litigation, as well as trademarks, copyrights, unfair competition, trade secrets, and licensing. As a result, Terry is recognized as both a “Patent Star” and a “Trademark Star.” Both founders of BWSM have been continuously recognized as “IP Stars” since the inception of this honor in 2013.
The IP Stars Handbook highlights the country’s leading intellectual property attorneys based on surveys and interviews where a recognized lawyer’s practice and industry experience along with recommendations from their peers and clients are used to identify such attorneys to in-house counsel at Fortune 500 companies.