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.
May 24, 2016–For the fourth consecutive year, BWSM is ranked “Highly Recommended” in the fourth edition of the IP Stars Handbook—a Managing IP guide which identifies the leading intellectual property firms and lawyers in the United States. BWSM is only one of four law firms in the State of Florida to achieve the “Highly Recommended” ranking. BWSM is recognized as being among the top IP boutiques in Florida for its particularly strong patent practice and burgeoning reputation for its trademark work.
The IP Stars Handbook is produced by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine which is a leading international magazine for in-house IP counsel and is part of the Euromoney Legal Media Group with offices in London, Hong Kong and New York.
Visit ipstars.com to view the 2016 rankings and editorial.
May 21, 2016—With the 138th International Trademark Association Annual Meeting occurring in Orlando this year, BWSM hosted a well-attended reception for foreign agents on the first evening of this six-day event. In addition to foreign trademark attorneys attending nearly an equal amount of foreign patent attorneys were also in attendance. This reception provided BWSM attorneys and staff an opportunity to forge more binding relationships with many of the foreign agents the firm currently uses and a chance to meet potential new foreign agents. The 2016 Annual Meeting had over 10,000 registrants, making this meeting the largest in INTA’s yet.
May 3, 2016— After an extensive and confidential peer review by members of the Bar and Judiciary, Dr. Gene Molinelli received a Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating of AV Preeminent, which is the highest rating available. According to Martindale-Hubbell®, “Peer Review Ratings attest to a lawyer’s legal ability and professional ethics in specific Areas of Practice, and reflects the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and Judiciary. The Peer Review Rating is established by lawyers. The legal community respects the accuracy of ratings because it knows that its own members are directly involved in the process.” Patents and intellectual property were the specific areas of practice in which Dr. Molinelli was evaluated.
April 19-20, 2016—Beusse Wolter Sanks & Maire PLLC sponsored the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) Partnering Forum on Communication Technologies at Georgia Tech Global Learning Center, Atlanta Georgia. Representing BWSM at this noteworthy event were Dr. Gene Molinelli and Dr. Judith Evans. The Forum brought together an intimate group of universities and companies interested in mining university technologies in the communications arena. University participants included Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Regents University, Iowa State University, Michigan State University Technologies, University of Georgia, University of Maryland, University of Notre Dame, University of South Florida, and University of Southern California Stevens Center for Innovation. Industry participants included Allied Minds, AT&T, Harris Corporation, HySky Technologies, Qualcomm Inc., StarMobile, and University Industry Demonstration Partnership.
April 15, 2016—Amber Davis was a panel participant during two sessions at the Orange County Bar Association’s Bench Bar Conference entitled “Cruising the Seven CLEs”. The two sessions were entitled IP Considerations in Business Litigation Part 1 and IP Considerations in Business Litigation Part 2. In addition to Amber, both esteemed panels also included The Honorable Paul G. Byron, United States District Judge, and two other local IP attorneys.
April 2016—Terry Sanks, Christine McLeod, and Jim Beusse were featured in Orlando Magazine’s annual list of Best Lawyers, published in the Orlando edition of the magazine. They were three of the 453 attorneys so recognized. Jim, Christine and Terry were three of the four attorneys recognized under the “patent law” category with Jim being honored as “Lawyer of the Year” for patent law. Jim and Terry were also included as best lawyers under the “trademark law” category. Terry was also included under in the “copyright law” category.
BWSM attorneys sponsored and provided two presentations to the in-house attorneys who are members of the Association of Corporate Counsel this year. In September, Amber Davis, Terry Sanks and Robert Wolter presented at an event titled A Bottle of Red, A Bottle of White…Bring Your Sports IP Appetite! Amber moderated a panel discussion about intellectual property and sports with a panel composed of in-house attorneys from the Orlando Magic®, The Walt Disney Company®, NASCAR®, and the LPGA® that are associated with sports and entertainment. Robert provided a presentation on international trademarks and Terry concluded with a discussion about design patents and how they were used in the Apple® versus Samsung® ongoing patent infringement litigation.
Then in December, John DeAngelis and Terry Sanks provided a presentation entitled 3D Printing is a Reality, Are Your Assets Protected? to a group of in-house attorneys in Melbourne Florida. This presentation focused on best practices in-house attorneys should consider in view that 3D printing has been described as a disruptive technology to intellectual property rights.
Beusse Wolter Sanks & Maire, PLLC is pleased to announce that for the fourth consecutive year the firm has received a Tier 1 Ranking by U.S. News—Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” Rankings. BWSM received a Tier 1 ranking (Orlando metro) for patent law. This ranking places BWSM in the 2% of national and international law firms that are so recognized for their distinguished services to clients and to the legal community. BWSM also received a Tier 2 ranking (Orlando metro) for trademark law.
The U.S. News-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process.
In its first ever listing of intellectual property law firms, Beusse Wolter Sanks & Maire, PLLC is ranked #1 by the Orlando Business Journal. This recognition is based on the number of intellectual property attorneys the firm has in Central Florida. BWSM has 15 intellectual property attorneys in the Central Florida area, where 7 of these attorneys are partners in the firm. Making this recognition most noteworthy is that unlike the full service law firms included in the ranking, the attorneys at BWSM focus their practice solely on intellectual property law.