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 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 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 email@example.com 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.
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.
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 17, 2016—BWSM is hosting a six-part lecture series on six different intellectual property topics at the Florida Institute of Technology (“Florida Tech”) as part of Florida Tech’s Skill Space continuing education program. This luncheon lecture series is free for Florida Tech students, faculty and staff whereas there is a nominal charge for others attending. The presenters are BWSM attorneys John DeAngelis and Fred Romano. The first lecture occurred this week and the topic was “How Can I Use Copyrights to Protect and Grow My Business Assets?”
The next scheduled lectures and dates are as follows:
June 14: Leveraging Patent Rights to Achieve Business Success.
September 13: How Should Trademark Rights Be Used to Benefit a Business?
October 11: What Terms Should Contracts Require to Protect My IP and Avoid Liability? What Are My Rights and Remedies?
November 8: Strategies for Protecting Mobile Apps and Other Software-Based Products.