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Join Us Saturday, February 9th for the No Bad Days Foundation Annual Kickin’ It For Hope Event

 Saturday, February 9, 2019 Pre-registration: 9 a.m. * Games begin: 10 a.m. Viera Regional Park  2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, FL $60 per player – $500 per team (10 player team) Participants with disabilities play for free Please come join us for a fun day of kickball and FREE family-friendly activities. Dozens of cash raffle […]

Three Widerman Malek Attorneys Become Partners

Attorneys Kelly G. Swartz, Eric L. Hostetler and J. Mason Williams IV have become partners at the firm! Kelly, as an equity partner, is board certified in intellectual property law and practices in the areas of intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets and unmanned systems.  Kelly serves as chair of the Board […]

New Guidelines for Software Patents

Effective January 7, 2019 U.S. patent examiners will have a new set of guidelines at their disposal to evaluate software patent applications.  The guidelines have codified recent case law to provide more consistency in Patent Office actions dealing with software. The new guidelines emphasize that when evaluating a software patent application an examiner must apply […]

Two New Additions Boost Widerman Malek’s Growing Practice

We are pleased to welcome attorneys Demian S. Serianni and Charles P. Castellon to our Widerman Malek Celebration office. “Demian’s and Charles’ experience add incredible value to our clients,” said WM managing partner Mark Malek.  “We are proud to have them join our team.” Demian focuses on all matters related to United States Immigration and Nationality Law. Prior […]

USPTO Closed on Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The world lost a great man on November 30, 2018 when the forty-first President of the United States, George Herbert Walker Bush, passed away. In recognition of his service to the United States, President Trump issued a Presidential Proclamation and has appointed December 5, 2018 to be a National Day of Mourning. Accordingly, the United States […]

Ask the Question – Avoiding Bid Protest and Contract Disputes

Based on my 25 years of experience in practicing federal procurement law, the single biggest cause of bid protests and contract disputes is the failure to “ask the question.”  While I can’t tell you what the question is because it’s never the same, I can tell you that by “asking the question” you can save […]

Ed Kinberg Presents Webinar on Small Business Joint Venture Agreements

On November 7, 2018, Widerman Malek attorney Ed Kinberg presented a webinar for the Florida 8(a) Alliance on new SBA rules for small businesses and the legal requirements for contracting with the United States Government as a qualified small business through a joint venture or Mentor Protégé agreement with a large business.   Mr. Kinberg is […]

Widerman Malek Obtains Victory at Trial

On November 2nd, 2018, Widerman Malek obtained an order granting its client’s motion for involuntary dismissal with prejudice.  This remedy is granted less than 0.1% of the time state-wide at the county level. This was a matter in which our client would have lost his business, and likely ended in financial ruin to himself and […]

Laura Peter announced as deputy director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross today announced the appointment of Laura A. Peter as deputy under secretary of commerce for intellectual property and deputy director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), effective November 13, 2018. Peter most recently held the position of deputy general counsel of A10 Networks in Silicon Valley and […]

Sales of Vessels and Memorandums of Agreement (“MOA”)

In general, contracts for the sale of a vessel do not fall within the federal court’s admiralty jurisdiction. Acting in accordance with contracts for the sale of a vessel – contracts for the construction of a vessel (or, shipbuilding) do not fall within the federal court’s admiralty jurisdiction either. However, contracts to repair vessels are […]

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