Join us for the first IP Committee Monthly Attorney Roundtable

The IP Committee will be holding its first IP Committee Monthly Attorney Roundtable on Wednesday, April 14 from 12:00 – 1:00 via Zoom.
Join your fellow committee members to share notes about all things IP and meet (or reconnect with) your peers in the IP Community.
For the first meeting, there is no formal agenda – just an open floor to share news, ask and answer questions the group may have about new developments in IP, the courts, procedures before the PTO or judges, cases you are handling, or anything else of interest.
We may modify the format for future meetings — possibly to include a more formal but brief (5-10 minute) presentation on a new development that may be of interest — so join us for the first meeting and help us create a format that adds value to your busy practice.
Roundtable meetings will be held via Zoom during the second Wednesday of each month, so mark your calendar for the future. But don’t worry, we will send you reminders and signup links as each date approaches.
We look forward to seeing – and hearing from you – then!

Georgia Bar IP Section Annual Conference – Amelia Island, FL

The Georgia Bar IP Section’s annual IP Conference will be held on Amelia Island, FL on Friday Sept. 21 – Saturday Sept. 22. The conference has a great lineup of speakers and panels, as can be seen in the brochure (GA Bar IP Institute Brochure). Since this event is being held in Florida, Georgia’s IP Section is extending an invitation to The Florida Bar IP Committee’s members.

You can download the brochure by clicking here:  GA Bar IP Institute Brochure

Patent Pro Bono Update

Greetings from the Patent Pro Bono Program! The USPTO is excited to introduce a new Achievement Certificate recognizing law firms and corporations that meet cumulative hours of patent pro bono service through their registered patent practitioners. Also, as a result of the great success last year, the USPTO will continue to provide Service Certificates to individual registered patent practitioners who provide at least 50 hours of service in 2018 to their local patent pro bono program. Both certificates will be signed by Commissioner of Patents Andrew Hirshfeld and William Covey, Director for the Office of Enrollment and Discipline. In addition, recipients may choose to be listed on the USPTO website. We hope that your membership will take advantage of these opportunities!

Patent practitioners are uniquely positioned to help financially under-resourced inventors and small businesses file and prosecute patent applications. Matches are made by local patent pro bono programs. The local programs screen applicants using criteria that include: (1) household income; (2) knowledge of the patent system, and (3) possession of an actual invention (not merely an idea). Your organization’s membership can volunteer through Patent Pro Bono FL – Arts and Business Council of Miami. Please see or for more information.

Please inform your members about these opportunities. We also welcome the opportunity to speak to them about the Program at one of your meetings. Ethics CLE may be available.

Please to contact us with any questions. Together we can make the Patent Pro Bono Program a lasting success!

Thank you,

The USPTO Patent Pro Bono Team

[email protected]

Tomorrow’s (6/22) IP Committee Meeting During Florida Bar Annual Convention

The next meeting of the IP Committee will be on June 22 from 10:00-11:50 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom C in conjunction with the Florida Bar’s 67th Annual Florida Bar Convention.

Attached are links to the IP Committee Meeting Agenda for 2017 Annual Meeting and the Minutes of the March 29, 2017 Symposium Meeting.

We hope to see you there, but if you can’t attend in person, the call-in information is below:

Dial-in 1-888-376-5050

PIN: 8670236698


Save that Date – June 22 — Federal Judicial Roundtable – Boca Raton

The Federal Court Practice Committee presents the 2017 Federal Judicial RoundTable on Thursday, June 22 from 2:15 – 6:00 pm,  The RoundTable will explore cutting-edge legal ethics relating to technology and the practice of law, and is being held in conjunction with the Florida Bar Annual Convention.  More than 30 federal judges are expected.

Space is limited.  You can attend the 2017 Federal Judicial RoundTable without paying convention registration, but you MUST pre‐register.  Here is a link to the Bar’s webpage for the Annual Convention, and attached are brochures for the Convention Schedule and the Seminar Overview,

Register online to attend the Annual Convention using the MyFloridaBar Members Portal , including choosing your the registration option of choice –   “Full Registration with CLE, Luncheons and Events” or “Reduced Fee/Comp CLE Registration with Luncheons and Special Events”. For instructions on how to register,  and an explanation of the differences between the two registration options, click here.

Attached is the 2017 Federal Judicial Roundtable – 2520 Brochure.

We hope to see you there.

Deposition Boot Camp: Basic to Advanced May 19 in Orlando

The Florida Bar Bankruptcy/UCC Committee is holding a Deposition Boot Camp Seminar on Friday, May 19 in Orlando.  The seminar will cover general deposition topics and will provide practical deposition tips for all litigators.

The registration brochure is attached here and you can register to attend here.

Please make plans to attend this excellent program.

Kimra Major-Morris, IP Committee Chair