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BWSM NAMED A 2018 LAW FIRM 500 HONOREE FOR THE 3RD YEAR IN A ROW

October 30, 2018—Beusse Wolter Sanks & Maire is honored to receive the 2018 Law Firm 500 Award. Although this recognition is calculated on growth, it could not be possible without the continued, daily operational excellence and commitment to client service exhibited by our team. This is the third year in a row, since the inception of this honor, that Beusse Wolter Sanks & Maire has been named to this list. Thank you so much to our loyal clients and partners who have supported us as we have grown.

TERRY SANKS AND JIM BEUSSE RECOGNIZED AS ATTORNEYS OF THE YEAR

October 24, 2018—Congratulations to Jim Beusse and Terry Sanks. Jim Beusse was named the Best Lawyers® 2019 Patent Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Orlando. Terry Sanks was named the Best Lawyers® 2019 Copyright Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Orlando.

FOUR BWSM ATTORNEYS INCLUDED IN BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA©

October 24, 2018—Congratulations to Christine McLeod, Jim Beusse, Terry Sanks and Amber Davis for being selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2019 publication The Best Lawyers in America©. Christine’s inclusion is in the category of Patent Law. Jim is included in two categories, Litigation – Patent and Patent Law. Terry is included in three categories, Copyright Law, Patent Law and Trademark Law. Amber is included in the categories of Litigation – Intellectual Property and Trademark Law.

TERRY SANKS CHAIRS THE FLORIDA BAR’S INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY COMMITTEE

September 2018—Attorney Terry Sanks is the 2018-2019 Chairperson of the Business Law Section of the Florida Bar’s Intellectual Property Committee. In this position Terry will lead the committee’s activities, including the Florida Bar’s 10th Annual Intellectual Property Law Symposium and participation in Florida legislative initiatives related to intellectual property law.

TIM VAN DYKE FEATURED IN ORLANDO STYLE MAGAZINE

September 25, 2018—Attorney Tim Van Dyke was featured in the Orlando’s Spotlight On The Law section of September edition of Orlando Style magazine. The feature can be found at http://www.orlandostylemagazine.com/timothy-h-van-dyke.

AMBER DAVIS JOINS THE ORLANDO CHAPTER OF THE FEDERAL BAR ASSOCIATION’S BOARD

September 7, 2018—Amber N. Davis was recently appointed to serve as a Director at Large for the Federal Bar Association’s Orlando Chapter for the 2018-2019 term.

MIAMI HERALD AND SUPER LAWYERS QUOTE TERRY SANKS FOR A CYBERSTALKER ARTICLE

August 31, 2018—Terry Sanks was quoted for an article titled "What Do I Do If I'm Being Cyberstalked? Attorneys' Advice On Putting A Stop To Online Bullies." The article appeared in Sunday edition, June 17, 2018 of the Miami Herald and is currently available on the Super Lawyers website, https://www.superlawyers.com/florida/article/what-do-i-do-if-im-being-cyberstalked.

KEVIN WIMBERLY POSTS CANNABIS PATENTS ARTICLE ON FIRM'S BLOG

August 21, 2018— Attorney Kevin Wimberly authored a blog post titled “Cannabis Patents — The Elephant in the Room?” The article can be found here.

KEVIN WIMBERLY SPEAKING AT "THE BUSINESS OF MARIJUANA" CONTINUAL LEGAL EDUCATION PROGRAM

August 21, 2018—Kevin Wimberly is presenting on trademark law and cannabis-related trademarks at the upcoming “The Business of Marijuana” CLE in Miami, October 2-3, 2018. More information about this seminar can be found at https://www.theseminargroup.net/seminardetl.aspx?id=5845.

SUMMER ASSOCIATE AMARIS GYEBI AUTHORS PATENT VENUE

August 10, 2018—Amaris Gyebi authored an article discussing how patent venue has been handled since the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling changing where a plaintiff may sue for patent infringement. The article can be found here

BEUSSE WOLTER SANKS & MAIRE RANKED #1 BY THE ORLANDO BUSINESS JOURNAL

July 27, 2018 – The Orlando Business Journal has ranked Beusse Wolter Sanks & Maire (BWSM) as the largest intellectual property law firm in Central Florida. BWSM is also ranked as the 30th largest litigation law firm in Central Florida.

TERRY SANKS AUTHORS DEFEND TRADE SECRETS ACT ARTICLE

July 9, 2018 — The Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) is now two-years old. In addition to providing a presentation on the subject, Terry Sanks has authored an article that discusses how the DTSA has fared in federal courts since its inception. The article can be found here.

TERRY SANKS RECOGNIZED AS FLORIDA LEGAL ELITE

June 25, 2018 – Terry Sanks was recently recognized in the 2018 edition of Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite™. The list of 1,012 honorees includes attorneys in private practice as well as top government and non-profit attorneys. Terry is just one of nineteen attorneys in the State of Florida recognized for intellectual property law. To compile the list, Florida Trend invited all actively practicing Florida lawyers to name the attorneys that they hold in highest regard – lawyers with whom they have personally worked and would recommend to others. The winner list represents just over 1% of the active Florida Bar members who practice in Florida. The entire Legal Elite report can be viewed at www.FloridaTrend.com/Legal-Elite.

BWSM ATTORNEYS INCLUDED ON FLORIDA SUPER LAWYERS LISTS

June 18, 2018 – BWSM is proud to announce that attorneys Terry Sanks and Jim Beusse have been selected to the 2018 Florida Super Lawyers list and that attorneys Amber Davis and Kevin Wimberly have been selected to the 2018 Florida Rising Stars list. This is Jim’s 12th year being included on the Super Lawyers list and Terry’s 8th year. Kevin has been included on the Rising Stars list for 7 years and Amber has been included for 5 years. Both lists are highly exclusive as each year no more than five percent of the lawyers in the State of Florida are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive the Super Lawyers honor and no more than 2.5 percent are included on the Rising Starts list. Both lists are non-pay and non-solicitation recognitions. 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.

ATTORNEY MCLEOD RECOGNIZED IN 2018 LAWYER MONTHLY WOMEN IN LAWS AWARDS

June 15, 2018--Christine McLeod has been recognized in the Lawyer Monthly Women in Law Awards for 2018. The Lawyer Monthly Women in Law Awards celebrate and highlight the achievements of women working in the legal profession across the globe. Lawyer Monthly is proud to continue to recognize the contribution made by female legal professionals working in the legal sector and those women who have influenced the legal industry and beyond.

ATTORNEYS SANKS AND WIMBERLY SECURE DISMISSAL/TRANSFER OF A LAWSUIT FILED IN THE U.S. DISTRICT COURT, MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA

June 4, 2018—Attorneys Terry Sanks and Kevin Wimberly, retained as local counsel, assisted in successfully having a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida dismissed from the Middle District of Florida and transferred to the U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington based on the court finding that venue in Florida was improper. The case, captioned Hopjacks, Inc. v. Rock Solid Restaurants, LLC et al., involved a plaintiff, Hopjacks, Inc., that resides in and has a restaurant in Pensacola, Florida. The firm’s client, Rock Solid Restaurants, LLC et al. (“Rock Solid”) has restaurants in the Pacific Northwest and reside in the State of Washington. The causes of action brought against Rock Solid included federal trademark and trade dress infringement, willful trademark and trade dress infringement, federal unfair competition and false designation of origin, trademark dilution, cyberpiracy and cybersquatting, Florida common law trademark infringement, common law unfair competition, and Florida trademark dilution.

BWSM ATTORNEYS SECURE FAVORABLE RESOLUTION FOR DEFENDANT IN A LAWSUIT FILED IN THE U.S. DISTRICT COURT, MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA

June 1, 2018—Attorneys Terry Sanks, Amber Davis and Kevin Wimberly secured a favorable resolution for their client, Digitalev, LLC, after being asked to replace the client’s originally retained attorneys almost one year into the lawsuit. The case captioned Xymogen, Inc. v. Digitalev, LLC involved assertions of false designation of origin, common law trademark infringement under Florida law, common law unfair competition, violation of the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act (“FDUTPA”) against Digitalev, LLC as both companies have competing businesses of selling nutritional and dietary supplements.

BWSM RANKED AS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY MANAGING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MAGAZINE

May 17, 2018—Beusse Wolter Sanks & Maire has received the highest ranking that is provided by Managing Intellectual Property (“IP”) Magazine in its 2018 edition of IP STARS directory. BWSM was one of only three firms in the State of Florida to achieve the Highly Recommended ranking. This is the 6th year in a row that BWSM has been so recognized. For its IP STARS directory, a leading specialist guide of IP firms and practitioners worldwide, Managing IP identifies and analyzes the leading IP firms in the United States to provide deeper insights to the complex US IP legal market for in-house counsel at Fortune 500 companies. Each year data is obtained from law firms, IP agencies and in-house counsel through surveys (“World IP Survey”) and interviews. The information is reviewed, and independent research is further conducted before producing the firm rankings. The research is conducted rigorously and impartially. There is no cost to participate int eh research. No firm or individual has paid to be included in the ranking tables or list. Inclusion is based on merit and recommendation by peers and clients. The IP STARS directory serves as a one-stop reference guide for US and international in-house counsel and private-practice lawyers worldwide.

ATTORNEY SANKS IS INCLUDED IN THE IP STARS RANKING BY MANAGING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MAGAZINE AS ONE OF THE WORLD’S LEADING IP PRACTITIONERS

May 17, 2018—Attorney Terry Sanks is recognized as an IP Star in the individual attorney listings of the IP STARS directory that identifies the world’s leading IP attorneys as published by Managing Intellectual Property magazine. Based on the 2018 World IP Survey taken by Managing Intellectual Property magazine, Terry is recognized as both a Patent Star and a Trademark Star, the only two subcategories under IP Stars. For its IP STARS directory, a leading specialist guide of IP firms and practitioners worldwide, Managing IP identifies and analyzes the leading IP firms in the United States to provide deeper insights to the complex US IP legal market for in-house counsel at Fortune 500 companies. Each year data is obtained from law firms, IP agencies and in-house counsel through surveys (“World IP Survey”) and interviews. The information is reviewed, and independent research is further conducted before producing the firm rankings. The research is conducted rigorously and impartially. There is no cost to participate int eh research. No firm or individual has paid to be included in the ranking tables or list. Inclusion is based on merit and recommendation by peers and clients. The IP STARS directory serves as a one-stop reference guide for US and international in-house counsel and private-practice lawyers worldwide.

SEVERAL BWSM ATTORNEYS RECOGNIZED AS ORLANDO’S BEST LAWYERS FOR 2018

April 24, 2018—Attorneys Terry Sanks, Amber Davis, Christine McLeod and Jim Beusse are included in Orlando’s Best Lawyers 2018 section of April edition of “Orlando the City’s Magazine.” Terry is included under the categories Copyright Law, Patent Law and Trademark Law. Amber is recognized under the categories Litigation-Intellectual Property and Trademark Law. Christine is recognized under the Patent category. Jim is included in the Litigation-Patent, Patent Law and Trademark Law categories. “Orlando Magazine” provides this list as these attorneys are recommended by their colleagues in the field.

BWSM 2018 MARTINDALE-HUBBELL AV PREEMINENT ATTORNEYS

March 26, 2018—Christine Q. McLeod, Jim Beusse, Jackson Brownlee, David Maire, Amber Davis, Terry Sanks and Gene Molinelli have been recognized as AV-Preeminent Attorneys in the 2018 Edition of Martindale-Hubbell, the highest level of professional excellence at which they could obtain by their peers. This honor is reserved for those who demonstrate the highest in legal and the ethical standards. Based on these individuals, BWSM is also rated as an AV Preeminent law firm. This is also Ms. McLeod’s 16th consecutive year to receive an AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings.

AMERICA'S MOST HONORED PROFESSIONALS 2017 - TOP 1%, BY AMERICAS MOST HONORED

March 23, 2018—Christine Q. McLeod has been recognized in America's Most Honored Professionals 2017 - Top 1%. Qualification criteria for this recognition include repeated, authenticated, publicized honors from the press, peers, trade groups and clients over a five-year period.

TERRY SANKS QUOTED IN AN ORLANDO SENTINEL ARTICLE

March 8, 2018—Attorney Terry Sanks was quoted in an Orlando Sentinel article reporting on the Walt Disney Company’s patent and patent application specific to controlling a ride based on how the rider is feeling. The article may be found at http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/brinkmann-on-business/os-disney-ride-technology-patent-20180308-story.html.

ATTORNEYS SANKS AND O’BRIEN GUEST LECTURE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA

March 1, 2018 & March 8, 2018—Attorneys Terry Sanks and Cian O’Brien visited the University of South Florida (“USF”) to provide separate lectures. First, Terry lectured about disruptive technologies and how such technologies could affect intellectual property protection. The following week, Cian provided a lecture on patents. Both lectures were for students taking an intellectual property class that is part of the Masters’ degree program offered through the USF Center for Entrepreneurship.

AMBER DAVIS AWARDED THE 2018 LAWRENCE G. MATHEWS, JR. YOUNG LAWYER PROFESSIONAL AWARD

February 23, 2018—Attorney Amber Davis was awarded the 2018 Lawrence G. Mathews, Jr. Young Lawyer Professional Award sponsored by the Orange County Bar Association. Amber is the 15th recipient of this annual award. At the presentation of this distinguished award, Jackson O. Brownlee introduced Amber after which Amber gave an inspiring speech on legal professionalism.

GENE MOLINELLI MODERATES A PANEL AT THE AUTM 2018 ANNUAL MEETING

February 21, 2018 — Dr. Gene Molinelli organized and moderated a panel at the 2018 annual meeting of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM). The title of the session was “IP Trends and Successful Practices.” The focus of the session was software innovations and whether to protect such innovation and if so, how.

TERRY SANKS CO-MODERATES A FORUM AT THE FAMU COLLEGE OF LAW

February 8, 2018—Terry Sanks co-moderated a panel at the FAMU College of Law titled “Minorities in Big Law.” The discussion was centered on minorities in big law firm and different career paths that are possible.

AMBER DAVIS INCLUDED IN THE WORLD TRADEMARK REVIEW 1000 2017

January 17, 2018—Attorney Amber N. Davis has been ranked in the World Trademark Review (“WTR”) 1000 for 2018 as one of the World’s leading trademark professionals. The WTR is the world’s only independent daily news and information service exclusively reporting on trademark issues for in-house and private practitioners internationally. Individual practitioners, law firms and trademark attorney practices qualify for inclusion in the WTR 1000 on receiving sufficient positive feedback from market sources. The extensive research process was conducted over a four-month period by a team of full-time analysts and involved nearly 1,500 face-to-face and telephone interviews with trademark specialists across the globe. Through this research process, Amber’s clients described her as being a refined litigator and counselor. Her clients also remarked that her straightforward approach and speedy response times are the hallmarks of her trade.