May 20, 2015

CADRA Enacted by Florida Legislature

The Computer Abuse and Data Recovery Act (CADRA), Fla. Stat. § 668.801, was signed into law by Governor Scott on May 14, 2015 [click for a .pdf of CADRA]. After approval by the Business Law Section, CADRA was introduced into the Florida Legislature by Sen. Hukill (Ocala) and Rep. Spano (Riverview).

The Act was a result of nearly 20 meetings over a 2 ½ year period with members of the Computer Law, Intellectual Property and Business Litigation Committees. Robert Kain spearheaded the Task Force to draft and hone the proposed legislation, with support from many members of these committees, including, in alphabetical order:
Kimberly Bursum
Michael Chesal
Jude Cooper
Ury Fischer
Larry Kunin
Russ Landy
Sam Lewis
Jim Murphy
Andy Ostrow
Woody Pollack
Joel Rothman
Mark Stein
Dineen Wasylik

CADRA creates a remedy for business owners harmed by persons who abuse passwords and security controls on computers and computer-based information and programs. The law goes into effect October, 2015.

I thank everyone on the IP Committee who gave their time and insight to the drafting and legislative process, with a special thank you to Robert for taking the lead.

April 17, 2015

Florida Patent Pro Bono Program Launch

Patent Pro Bono Program Kick-Off

Image courtesy of Boston Patent Law Association and Fish & Richardson P.C. and used with permission


The Florida Patent Pro Bono Program matches qualified inventors or small businesses with volunteer patent agents or attorneys. By volunteering for the program you will be providing specific, well-defined services to qualified inventors in order to help build Florida’s innovation economy and accelerate the commercialization of new products. To learn more about the program or to register as a Volunteer Patent Agent/Attorney please visit the program’s website. This program is developed in conjunction with the USPTO’s Patent Pro Bono Program.

To mark the launch of this program in Florida, the Intellectual Property Law Association of Florida, along with the Florida Institute, are hosting launch events in Miami and Tampa. The Launch events will feature dignitaries from the USPTO and will double as a great networking event for the entire intellectual property bar, whether or not you are a registered patent attorney.

Miami Launch Event

  • When: Monday, May 4,2015; 1:15- 1:45pm
  • Where: eMerge Americas Conference, Expo Center Stage.
  • Address: Miami Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach, FL 33139
  • Tickets: Tickets for eMerge Americas may be purchased at: http://emergeamericas.org/attendee/
  • Discount Code: Register with a 15% discount by entering the following code at checkout RBALINA
  • Tampa Launch Event

  • When: Wednesday, May 6, 2015; 5:30pm – 7:00pm
  • Where: USF Research Park Embassy Suites Galleria
  • Address: 3705 Spectrum Blvd, Tampa, FL 33612
  • RSVP: There is no charge to attend this event. Please RSVP no later than May 1, 2015 to FloBono@Florida-Institute.com
  • April 15, 2015

    Save the Date for the IP Committee Meeting at the Annual Meeting

    Boca Raton Resort and Club Registration opens today for the The Florida Bar’s annual meeting from June 24-27, 2015. The meeting will be back in Boca this year, at the beautiful Boca Raton Resort and Club.

    Check out the Florida Bar’s event page for more information as it develops.

    The IP Committee will meet and offer a CLE during its meeting at the Annual Meeting. If you are interested in presenting CLE at the meeting, please contact our CLE Vice Chair, Kimra Major-Morris.

    February 27, 2015

    Symposium to Explore Issues with Intellectual Property Damages

    Cherry Bekaert

    In the last panel of the day for the 6th Annual Intellectual Property Symposium, Peter Gampel and Lisa G. Miller of Cherry Bekaert will provide an in-depth look on intellectual property damages. Because our speakers are accounting and valuation professionals, they intend to look at issues that arise in litigation and offer tips on analyzing damages in the current legal climate.

    The IP Symposium is only a week away. Have you registered? Be sure to register for the Symposium, and reserve a room at the Riverside Hotel, 620 East Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 by calling 954-467-0671 and asking for the FLORIDA BAR room rate. The Symposium is March 5-6, 2015 [.pdf of brochure] See you in Fort Lauderdale next week!

    February 24, 2015

    Keynote Speaker Featured on NPR

    Ronald K. Fierstein National Public Radio did a feature on Symposium Keynote Speaker Ronald K. Fierstein and his new book, A Triumph of Genius: Edwin Land, Polaroid, and the Kodak Patent War, the fascinating story of the patent wars between Polaroid and Kodak over instant photography technology in the late 1970s. Click through for a little preview of the fascinating story we’ll hear about from Mr. Fierstein.

    You won’t want to miss this talk (or the IP Committee meeting that precedes it at 4 pm). Have you registered yet? Don’t wait any longer! Be sure to register for the Symposium. The Symposium is March 5-6, 2015 [.pdf of brochure]. Be there!