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Widerman Malek Attorneys host Japanese Patent Attorneys From Shiga International

On Thursday April 23, 2015, the attorneys of Widerman Malek, PL, were honored to host Patent Attorneys Tatsuhiko Abe and Myeong-Cheol Woo of the Shiga International Patent Office at their Melbourne, Florida office. During the visit, Attorney Abe provided the United States Patent Attorneys and staff of Widerman Malek with updates to patent opposition proceedings in Japan. Lunch was enjoyed by the Shiga International Patent Attorneys and the Florida based United States Patent Attorneys of Widerman Malek afterward at The Firehouse Restaurant in historic downtown Melbourne, Florida.

Widerman Malek Attorneys host Japanese Patent Attorneys From Shiga International Widerman Malek Attorneys and Staff enjoy Lunch at The Firehouse Restaurant with Shiga International Japanese Patent Attorneys

Right Whale Melbourne Florida

Just a few days ago, a momma right whale and her young calf were seen off the shores of Melbourne Beach.  During the few days they will be passing through this area, many people will flock to Melbourne beach and surrounding areas in the hopes of not only catching sight of this beautiful whale, but perhaps even getting a picture.  This is a fun trip to take, but if you are one of the individuals on your way out to the beach with camera in hand, make sure to take note of the following:

Right Whale Melbourne FloridaAccording to Federal law, individuals must stay at least 500 yards away from the whales. It doesn’t matter if you are in a boat, on a paddle-board, or even in a plane, the gap must be 500 yards.  A violation of this federal law could cost you up to $500,000 and a year in jail. The Florida Fish and Wildlife commission has stated they would prefer to educate people instead of imposing citations, but will bring criminal charges if needed.

The right whale population is only thought to number about 500 individuals.  They are currently a protected, endangered species.  Although they have historically lived to an average of 60 years, their lifespan has been drastically shortened due to being struck by boats, getting caught in fishing nets, and being targeted by hunters for their blubber.

In the winter, pregnant right whales swim from as far away as Canada to get to the warmer coastal waters off the Georgia and Florida coast.  Here they give birth and nurse their young.  In the early spring, they head back to their feeding areas which start in Maine and move northwards into Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.  As they migrate back north, they may be seen in one location for a few days because they are very slow swimmers.    


In December, 2013, permanent speed zones have been enacted in order to help protect these endangered whales.  All vessels over 65 feet are required to slow down in areas where the right whales migrate.  Since the speed zones were temporarily enacted five years ago, there have been zero reported deaths of right whales due to ship strikes. 

The Marine Resources Council runs the Northern Atlantic Right Whale Program. They currently have about 800 volunteers that look out for migrating right whales in order to help track and protect the momma and baby. It is thought that approximately 100 pregnant right whales make the trip south each year.  Each one is given a number and sometimes even given a name by the volunteers. 

If you’re interested in seeing one of these rare right whales, keep your binoculars handy and hang out at the beach. Due to the limited number of these whales and their unpredictable movements, there are no whales watching excursions.  If you’re at the beach, look for dolphins, which often travel with the whales, and flocks of sea birds in the sky.  They’re most often spotted in February and March and sometimes are tracked on line.  

Melbourne Pickleball

Melbourne PickleballA paddle sport, Pickleball combines elements of badminton, table tennis and tennis into one game. This sport takes an oversized ping-pong ball, plays on the court the size of a badminton area with a net that is tennis-sized. The greatest thing about the sport is that it can be played by many ages and it has simple rules to follow.

The history behind Pickleball started on Bainbridge Island, WA in 1965 where it was co-created by Joel Pritchard and friends. It was developed as a new sport for the whole family to play. Some say its name came from a family dog by the name of “Pickles”, who liked to chase balls and hide them in the bushes. However, it’s been revealed by Pritchard’s family that the dog actually came after the game. The source of the name is more likely to have been derived from the water, or more specifically, rowing. The inventor’s family mentioned that this could be more of a reference to “pickle boats”, which are one of the slower moving vessels. The other thought here is that it could have been a nod to those oarsmen chosen from leftovers of other boats. Either way, the sport has a name that certainly captures its fun and catchy nature.

This sport is currently recognized not just here in the US, but internationally. The USAPA (United States of America Pickleball Association) has raised awareness for the game, and it is now popular worldwide. Pickleball can now be played every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 1:30-3:30pm at the Eau Gallie Civic Center (1551 Highland Avenue Melbourne, FL 32935). The cost is $1/person per day. If you prefer to sign up for an annual membership, the cost is $15 for residents or $18 for non-residents. For questions or more information, call (321) 255-4608 or visit here.


Most people probably can tell you about criminal cases. In a criminal case the people or state, represented by a State’s Attorney, must prove “beyond a reasonable doubt” the defendant is guilty of violating the law in which he or she is charged. Many people however get this wrong and confuse “reasonable doubt” and think this means beyond “any doubt”. This can often result in people like Casey Anthony or O.J. Simpson being acquitted when they probably should not have been.

But in civil court, there is only a “preponderance of evidence” burden on the plaintiff. Loosely translated, it means 51%. That is why a guy like Simpson gets acquitted in criminal court but then gets hammered in civil court. Somewhere, whether it’s movies or books, or poor education, the public needs to be educated on the difference between reasonable and 100% certainty. 100% certainty can never be achieved without either a confession or an eyewitness. If that’s what it takes to convict someone then all the police would have to do is ask “did you do this?” and “did anyone see who did?” If the answer to both is “no” then just say “well. Then you have a nice day.” There would be no sense in bringing in detectives or a forensics team because you’ll never get to a “100% certainty.”

It is very fair and just that it takes a lot of proof to send someone to prison. But it is not supposed to be impossible. You want to be as sure as possible if you are taking someone’s freedom away, but 100% is too much.

A civil suit is a different animal. In civil law, nobody is going to prison. This is a suit where somebody is accusing another party of a breach of a contract or of inflicting some kind of damages and the plaintiff wants to be compensated.  Many times the plaintiff can sue for a certain dollar figure and the judge or jury could rule that he was 20% at fault and award him 80%.

Another key difference between criminal and a civil case is that the defendant in a criminal case can sit there and do nothing if that’s what he chooses. The burden of proof is on the state, That is not so in a civil case. If the plaintiff sues you and claims you owe money for non-payment of whatever, you need to prove you do not.  Not showing up to court is a terrible idea. You will lose and lose big.  Even if you think they have you in a vice grip, your lawyer may be able to help you. Don’t just throw your hands up on the air and give up. It could be a costly mistake.


Melbourne Civic Theatre

Melbourne Civic TheatreMelbourne’s Melbourne Civic Theatre began its 2013-2014 season just a few weeks ago with Laughter on the 23rd Floor which ran from August 2nd through September 8th. While this first show has just completed its run, there are many more to look forward to this season beginning in just a couple weeks.

Started as the Indian River Players in 1951, the Melbourne Civic Theatre (MCT) adopted its new name in 1988. They currently perform in the 93-seat La Galerie on East Strawberry Avenue in downtown Melbourne. Show tickets are very reasonably priced at $25 for adults and $23 for seniors (aged 62 and older), military (active and retired), and students (must be full-time and aged 25 or younger) for individual shows. A season “flex pass” is also available at $115 for adults and $105 for seniors, military, and students. The “flex pass” allows entry into five performances, not including the holiday show.


The next show running in the 2013-2014 season is The Cocktail Hour, in production from September 28th through November 3rd. Performances will be held Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm and Sunday afternoons at 2pm. Written by A.R Gurney, this comedy is set in the 1970’s and revolves around an upper-class family and the arguments that occur after they have consumed a few drinks.

Following The Cocktail Hour production is the MCT’s holiday show, An Elvis Christmas Special, a musical variety show with special guest star Alfie Silva. Silva has starred in previous MCT productions as both Dean Martin and Tom Jones. The holiday show is one of the Theatre’s most popular shows and is running this year from November 29th through December 24. Performances will again run Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm and Sunday afternoons at 2pm with additional shows on December 23rd at 8pm and on Christmas Eve at 2pm.

Additional productions rounding out the 2013-2014 season include There Goes the Bride in production from January 17th through February 23rd, The Full Monty running from March 21st through April 27th, and The Night of the Iguana concluding the season from May 16th through June 22nd. The MCT website has additional information and synopsis’ for each performance along with open audition dates for anyone interested in participating on stage, and there is always plenty of backstage work needed. With a reputation for always putting on quality shows during its 55+ year run, if you haven’t seen a performance yet, now is the time!

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