Reminder – Next IP Committee Meeting – Saturday September 2 at 9:30 am – including CLE Q&A with Judges Middlebrooks and Matthewman

The next IP committee meeting will be held on Saturday, September 2 from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. during the Business Law Section’s Annual Labor Day Retreat.

This is a meeting you will not want to miss, as the committee will be hosting a Federal Judicial CLE Q&A with Judges Donald M. Middlebooks and Judge William Matthewman, both from the Southern District of Florida, about litigating IP cases.  Judge Middlebrooks is a U.S. District Court Judge and Judge Matthewman is a U.S. Magistrate Judge.

For those who can’t attend in person, the call-in info for the committee meeting (and roundtable) is:

Dial-in Number: 1-888-376-5050 / PIN: 8670236698.

The retreat is being held at the Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa.  The complete Retreat Schedule can be found here.

We hope to see you there.

Symposium Subcommittee Conference Call – Tuesday 8/22 at 2:00

Happy Friday everyone,

Joining the Symposium Steering Committee is a great way to get more involved in the IP Committee and meet other IP attorneys.  Provided you qualify as an active member through meeting attendance and task completion, you can also qualify for a complimentary registration for the Symposium.

The minutes of the kickoff meeting held on 8/7 are attached. Subcommittee members, please review the attached list of potential CLE topics in advance of the call, so that we may discuss these topics and/or alternatives.

The next meeting is this coming Tuesday, 8/22/17, at 2:00 p.m.  (The committee will meet from now on by conference call every other Tuesday at 2:00),

The call-in information is as follows:

Dial In – (641) 715-3580
Access Code: 711739

Please join us and get more involved in building your statewide network of IP lawyers!


IP Committee Meeting Info for June 22

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

IP Committee Meeting Materials for Tomorrow (3/30) Meeting

Hi all

Looking forward to seeing many of you Thursday & Friday at the IP Symposium.  Jackie and the Steering Committee have put together a great program!

We will have a brief IP Committee meeting from 4:10-5:00 Thursday.  For those who can’t attend in person the call-in details are:  

PIN: 8670236698
The agenda (with links to legislative topics) are attached here  Revised IP Committee Meeting Agenda for March 30, 2017 and the and Winter Meeting minutes are here:  Minutes BLS Winter Meeting

Kimra Major-Morris, Esq.
Chair, Florida Bar Intellectual Property Committee
522 Hunt Club Blvd. #356

Apopka, FL  32703
Phone:  (407) 230-0540 




A Special Thank You to Our Symposium Sponsors, Keegan & Donato Consulting LLC, Cozen O’Connor and Cherry Bekaert LLP

A Message from the USPTO Patent Pro Bono Program

Greetings from the Patent Pro Bono Program!

Patent practitioners are uniquely positioned to help financially under-resourced inventors and small businesses file and prosecute patent applications.   Here is the Pro Bono Flyer that describes the Patent Pro Bono Program in more detail.

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).

Here in Florida, you can volunteer through the Florida Institute’s FloBono® Program.  Please see or for more information.

As an update to our previous message last year, we are happy to announce a certificate to recognize practitioners who provide at least 50 hours of patent pro bono service to their local pro bono program during calendar year 2017.  The personalized certificates will be signed by Commissioner of Patents Andrew Hirshfeld and William Covey, Director for the Office of Enrollment and Discipline.  In addition, the names of the practitioners will be posted on the USPTO website.  We hope that your membership will take advantage of this opportunity.

Looking for Speakers for  Your Patent Bar Group?

We also welcome the opportunity to speak to your members about the Program at one of your meetings.  Our presentation can include 1 hour of ethics CLE credit when demand is sufficient.  Also, a USPTO representative will be in the Fort Lauderdale/Boca Raton area on March 15 and would be available to briefly discuss the Patent Pro Bono Program upon request.   Please email if interested.

Please feel free to contact the Chief Operating Officer of the Florida Institute, Jane Teague, at  Also, feel free 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

Grant Corboy
Staff Attorney – Patent Pro Bono Program Administrator
Office of Enrollment and Discipline
Madison West RM 7D20
United States Patent & Trademark Office
(571) 270-3102