December 17, 2016—Erica Cipparone has earned a Master’s of Science Degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Central Florida. By earning this advanced degree, not only has Erica’s technical abilities been enhanced, but all attorneys in BWSM’s biotechnology and life sciences patent area group now possess advanced degrees. Congratulations Erica!
November 4, 2016—Terry Sanks provided a presentation on the Federal Trade Secrets Act at an Orange County Bar Association’s seminar titled “Intellectual Property Updates: What IP Attorneys Need to Know.” The title of Terry’s presentation was “Can You Keep a Secret? The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016.”
November 1, 2016—As published in U.S. News and World Report, BWSM has been ranked as Tier 1, Best Law Firms for 2017 by Best Lawyers. BWSM’s Tier 1 ranking was for patent law in metropolitan Orlando. BWSM was also ranked for copyright law and trademark law.
October 28, 2016—Based on the number of attorneys in the firm, the Orlando Business Journal (“OBJ”) compiled a list of intellectual property law firms in Central Florida. BWSM was identified as the second largest law firm with an intellectual property law practice in Central Florida.
October 19, 2016—Terry Sanks guest lectured at Rollins College’s Crummer Graduate School of Business. His presentation was part of the Entrepreneurship course and the title of his presentation was “Patents! Anything and Everything You Want to Know About Them, Just Ask!”
October 10, 2016—Beusse Wolter Sanks & Maire, PLLC has been named a 2016 Law Firm 500 Honoree in the 1st Annual Law Firm 500 Award Honoree List of America’s Fastest Growing Law Firms. Earlier this year BWSM was nominated for its growth, operational excellence and commitment to client service. Each nominee was evaluated by an outside accounting firm, and subjected to an identical review process. The award honorees are a beacon of light for the legal industry demonstrating innovation, operational excellence, and a commitment to client service.
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.