Legislative Update to Theft of Trade Secrets Act – HB 1523 / SB 1378

Please see attached Technical Comments and Analysis of these two pending pieces of legislation prepared by Bob Kain.

Please provide any feedback directly to Bob at [email protected] as soon as you can, both bills are moving quickly.

Fla Stat 812.081 Tr Sec Theft

HB 1523 Corporate Espionage

Technical Comments HB 1523 asnd SB 1378


Jim Matulis

Matulis IP Law & Mediation

11th Annual Intellectual Property Symposium

Join us in Coral Gables on April 16 and 17th for the 11th Annual Intellectual Property Symposium at the Biltmore Hotel

This year’s symposium will feature a series of case study panel discussions covering preliminary relief, ethical and e-discovery issues, and damages in IP litigation (including a discussion of the Romag Fasteners v. Fossil case, currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, which is likely to resolve a current six-to-six circuit split over the issue of trademark damages). Other panel discussions will include employee mobility issues arising from the potential sweeping changes to Florida’s and other states’ non-compete laws, and the impact of artificial intelligence on IP-related issues.

The preliminary relief panel will feature District Judges from the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida, the Honorable Mary Scriven (who is also the IP Committee’s Judicial Chair) and the Honorable Darrin Gayles, IP Committee Academic Chair, Professor Jake Linford, will moderate a panel addressing damages in IP cases and featuring Professor Jon Golden of the University of Texas Law School and damages expert Dana Trexler of Eisner Amper. Each of the panels is expected to address advanced topics in Intellectual Property Law. As always, the symposium features a unique assembly of judges, law professors, practitioners and experts.

One of the panels, focusing on e-discovery issues in IP cases, will also address ethical and technology issues, and will enable attendees to earn both ethics and technology CLE credits. The Symposium has been approved for 10.5 CLE credits, including 2 hours of technology and 1 hour of ethics. CLE credits will also apply to Intellectual Property and Business Litigation certification credits.

Our Lunch Keynote Speaker will be Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property / Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Laura A. Peter. Our Dinner Speaker for Thursday evening will be Kurt Hammerle, a patent attorney at NASA, who will discuss the legal impact of private corporations venturing into space, the application of various IP issues associated with those ventures, and NASA’s Artemis program which intends to land the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024.

The symposium will close, as it has for many years, with a series of “year in review” discussions of recent case and statutory law impacted the various aspects of Intellectual Property.

To Register for the Event please [CLICK HERE]

When booking Hotel: Guest must enter group code #6001. Note when booking using the hotel website that this only allows to book on the contracted dates, any pre and post needs should call the hotel directly to book instead. Calling 305-445-1926 or toll free 1 855-311-6903 and refer to Group Booking ID# 6001 “2020 Annual Intellectual Property Symposium”



10th Annual Florida Bar IP Symposium – April 11th and 12th

Save the Date!

The 10th Annual Florida Bar IP Symposium will be held 4/11-4/12/19 at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, 5601 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32819.

For reservations under our room block, please use the following link:  https://res.windsurfercrs.com/ibe/details.aspx?propertyid=14841&nights=1&checkin=04/11/2019&group=GPPG4A1  or contact the Loews Reservation Center at 833-243-4727. Please mention our Group: The Florida Bar and Meeting: Business Law Section-10th Annual Intellectual Property Symposium to get the group rate of $249/night.

Please use the following link to register for the IP Symposium: https://member.floridabar.org/s/lt-event?site=a0a36000003SDujAAG&id=a1R1R0000052GUFUA2

Our Lunch Keynote Speaker on Friday April 12, 2019 is the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Commissioner for Trademarks Mary Boney Denison.  See link for Ms. Denison’s biography: https://www.uspto.gov/about-us/executive-biographies/mary-boney-denison

Our Dinner Speaker on Thursday, April 11, 2019 is Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) Administrative Judge George C. Pologeorgis.

This year’s symposium contains panel discussions focusing on IP damages, recovery of attorney’s fees under the Lanham Act, understanding and opposing failure to function trademark refusals, the effect of Matal v. Tam and In Re: Brunetti on the registration of disparaging and scandalous trademarks, recovery of lost foreign profits for patent infringement and an examination of copyright protection for photographs in light of the Mitchell A. Pohl v. MH Sub I, LLC decision.

I hope you can join me in Orlando for this great event!



IP Committee Meeting 2018 Annual Convention Agenda and Dial in Information: Correction to CLE Topic and Speaker

The Intellectual Property Law Committee meeting will be held during the 2018 Florida Bar Annual Convention on Thursday, June 14,2018, 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, 14100 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane, Orlando, FL 32821

For those who cannot attend in person the Dial in Number is: 1-888-376-5050   PIN: 8670236698

See the following link for minutes from the 4/12/18 IP Committee Meeting: IP Committee Meeting Minutes 4.12.18

See the following link for the Agenda for tomorrow’s meeting: 2018 Annual Meeting – IP Committee Agenda

Our CLE Presentation topic is “Ethical Issues Posed by Blockchain Technology”, presented by Joshua Brown of Greenberg Traurig.

SAVE THE DATE- 9TH Annual Florida Bar IP Symposium April 12-13,2018

Please save the date!  The 9th Annual Florida Bar IP Symposium will take place April 12-13, 2018 at the Don CeSar located at 3400 Gulf Blvd, St Pete Beach, FL 33706. Here is a link to the Don CeSar’s website:  http://bit.ly/2zqNXT

There are special room rates available for the IP Symposium.  Stay tuned for details. We hope you can join us at the “Pink Palace” for this great event.

SAVE THE DATE-9th Annual Florida Bar IP Symposium

Please save the date!  The 9th Annual Florida Bar IP Symposium will take place April 12-13, 2018 at the Don CeSar located at 3400 Gulf Blvd, St Pete Beach, FL 33706. Here is a link to the Don CeSar’s website:  http://bit.ly/2zqNXT

As an aside, did you know that Tom Petty played on the rooftop of the Don CeSar on April 21, 1985?  It was an impromptu but memorable concert.

There are special room rates available for the IP Symposium.  Stay tuned for details.