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

The Federal Court Practice Committee presents the 2017 Federal Judicial Roundtable.  More than 30 federal judges are expected.  It will held in conjunction with the 2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, and will explore cutting-edge legal ethics relating to technology and the practice of law..

The Roundtable is free, and you do not have to pay to attend the Florida Bar Convention to attend.

Attached is the 2017 Federal Judicial Roundtable – 2520 Brochure.

We hop to see you there.

Save the Date – Next IP Committee Meeting January 25, 2017 during FlaBar Winter Meeting

The next IP Committee meeting will be on Wednesday, January 25 from 10:00 – 11:50 a.m. at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee.  It is being held in conjunction with the Florida Bar Winter Meeting, January 25-28.

Here are links to the Florida Bar Winter Meeting page and the Winter Meeting Schedule.

We hope to see you there!

Don’t Forget Halloween Happy Hour this Wednesday in Hallandale Beach organized by EASL

Join the IP Community for a Halloween Party on October 26 in Hallandale Beach organized by EASL!  Attached is a flyer and below are additional details shared by Charlotte Towne on behalf of EASL:

Join EASL for a spooktacular HALLOWEEN HAPPY HOUR on Wednesday, October 26th from 5:30-7:30pm at ROK:BRGR at Gulfstream Park, 600 Silks Run #1210, Hallandale Beach. 

No Tricks – Just Treats.  COSTUMES ENCOURAGED!  We will be joined by members of:

–        American Intellectual Property Law Association

–        Intellectual Property Law Association of Florida

–        The Copyright Society of the USA

–        The Patently Impossible Project

–        Dade County Bar Association

–        Florida Bar Business Law Section

Special thanks to Jaime Rich Vining for planning this event!

Sincerely,

Charlotte

Charlotte Towne, P.A.
Attorney At Law

29A South Federal Highway
Dania Beach, FL 33004
office:   (954) 306-6624 
cell:  (310) 923-8685 
www.CharlotteTowneLaw.com 

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Kimra and Terry Represent IP Committee at Georgia Bar’s 22nd Annual IP Law Institute

IP Committee leaders Kimra Major-Morris (Chair) and Terry Sanks (Second Vice-Chair) spent this past weekend at the Georgia Bar’s 22nd Annual Intellectual Property Law Institute. In addition to strengthening the IP Committee’s connections with the Georgia Bar’s IP Section and generally representing us, they were able to participate in the educational and social offerings, including hearing from several judges from the Federal Circuit.

Well done guys!

Kimra and Terry with Brent Bellows, Chair of the Georgia Bar IP Committee

Kimra and Terry with Brent Bellows, Chair of the Georgia Bar IP Committee

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.

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