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How to Avoid Shareholder Disputes

In a perfect world, businesses would run seamlessly, shareholders would always agree on decisions, and there would never be legal actions based on claims between and among those who hold shares in the same enterprise. Alas, we do not live in a perfect world, and shareholder disputes are unfortunately a reality in many companies, large […]

What to know if the government contacts you about buying your property

Recently, the Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization announced the road construction priorities in Brevard County. These upcoming projects include widening Ellis Road in West Melbourne, widening State Road 528 (the Beachline) from Industry Road to Port Canaveral, widening Clearlkae Road in Cocoa from Michigan Avenue to Industry Road, improving the intersection of 192 and Hollywood/Evans […]

USPTO issues new rule requiring foreign-domiciled trademark applicants and registrants to have a U.S.-licensed attorney

The new rule applies to any foreign-domiciled trademark applicants, registrants and parties whose permanent legal residence or principal place of business is outside of the United States. These parties will be required to have a U.S.-licensed attorney represent them before the USPTO in trademark matters.  The new rule will be effective August 3, 2019. “Businesses […]

Most Common Causes of Shareholder Disputes

No relationship is perfect — and that includes business relationships. Disagreements are inevitable even in situations that seem the most amicable, such as family-held companies. Disputes may involve absolutely anything concerning the business, from everyday operating procedures to how the company is being managed. Some of the most common shareholder disputes including the following: Direction […]

High Court Strikes Down Offensive Trademarks Ban

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday, June 24, 2019 that a federal ban on the registration of “scandalous” trademarks such as “Fuct” violates the First Amendment.  This comes less than two years after striking down a similar rule against marks deemed “offensive”. In a 6-3 vote, justices said the provision was an unconstitutional form of […]

Japan IP High Court Says, Steak Providing System is Patent Eligible

Our firm prides itself on being a resource for our clients and referral sources for all legal matters including intellectual property.  Our relationships create a network of lawyers and firms across the world keeping us at the forefront of new procedures and changes in patent and trademark law. Our fellow Japanese intellectual property attorney, Aki […]

Property taxes too high? How to use your county’s Value Adjustment Board to ensure you’re not paying too much

Are your property taxes just too high? Do you think that your home is overvalued on the tax rolls? You may be able to challenge the value of your home in front of your county’s Value Adjustment Board. If you received your TRIM notice from the Property Appraiser and believe your property is valued too […]

SBA Proposes New Certification Procedure for Women-Owned Small Businesses and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Businesses

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has proposed an amendment to its regulations on how Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSBs) and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Businesses (EDWOSBs) are certified.  The WOSB and EDWOSB certification is required in order for these businesses to participate in the WOSB Federal Contract Program which restricts competition for these federal contracts to […]

Three Widerman Malek Attorneys Named 2019 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Widerman Malek, PL is pleased to announce three attorneys have been selected to the list of 2019 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Each year, no more than 5 percent of lawyers in the state are selected to appear on the list of Florida Super Lawyers, and no more 2.5 percent are selected to appear […]

Supreme Court Decides “The Most Significant Unresolved Legal Issue in Trademark Licensing”

I previously wrote about the issue of what happens to a trademark license when the brand owner goes bankrupt. The Supreme Court’s decision seems to be good news for trademark licensees and bad news for trademark licensors. On May 20, 2019, an 8-1 Supreme Court ruled that a bankrupt company’s decision to “reject” an existing […]

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