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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 […]

What Is a Shareholder Agreement and Do I Need One?

Having a solid foundation is crucial to any business, and in the context of enterprises that have shareholders, one of the key components of that foundation is a shareholder agreement. In short, yes, you need one. A shareholder agreement is a voluntary and consensual contract among and between those individuals who hold shares in the […]

What you need to know prior to a Rezoning, Variance or other local government public hearing

In Florida, there are two types of hearings that a local government can have. Both of those decisions carry different standards of review and different methods of conducting these hearings. These hearing types are legislative and quasi judicial. It is important to note that the form of the local governmental decision does not control whether […]

Eric Hostetler named to Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce 2019 Board of Directors

Partner Eric Hostetler has been named to the Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 Board of Directors and serves on the Chamber’s Executive Committee as the Vice Chair of Board Governance. He focuses on a full range of civil and commercial litigation including contract disputes, recent lawsuits surrounding Title III American with Disabilities Act “Tester” […]

Supreme Court to Tackle Issue of Who Pays Trademark Litigation Fees

The US Supreme Court agreed to decide whether the US Patent and Trademark Office’s policy of requiring its attorneys’ fees be paid regardless of the outcome of the case is legal. The district court circuit split arises from language in both the Patent Act and the Lanham Act that requires applicants, who file de novo […]

Attorneys Kinberg and Lagasca Attend Department of Defense (DoD) Cybersecurity Regulations Seminar

Widerman Malek Federal Procurement Attorneys Ed Kinberg and Jason Lagasca attended a full day seminar on Department of Defense (DoD) cybersecurity regulations in Tampa sponsored by yesterday hosted by the U.S. Air Force, Northrop Grumman and the University of Southern California (USC) Center for Economic Development. The event focused on assisting small businesses in understanding […]

Official Examination Fees will Increase in Japan

We are proud to be a resource for our clients and referral sources especially when it relates to intellectual property matters.  We have a network of lawyers and firms across the world to help keep us apprised of new procedures and changes in the patent and trademark law. We recently received an update related to […]

How does my divorce or divorce proceeding affect my tax filing?

From the perspective of the IRS Your marital status is determined by the status of the marriage on the last day of the taxable year.  In other words, if you are not divorced by December 31, 2018 then in the eyes of the IRS, you will still need to file as married either jointly or […]

United States Trademark Office Launches Pilot Program For Trademark Cancellation Proceedings

The USPTO announced that it was launching a pilot program to streamline cancellation proceedings for registered trademarks that may have been abandoned or that the trademark owner is not currently using.  The Trademark Office indicated that such trademark registrations often act as a hindrance to trademark owners that are actually using their trademarks but cannot […]

Widerman Malek sponsors National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) 2019 “Block Kids” competition

Widerman Malek is proud to be the Breakfast Sponsor for the 2019 “Block Kids” competition sponsored by the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC). The Block Kids Program is a national building competition sponsored on the local level by the Space Coast Florida Chapter, NAWIC (National Association of Women in Construction). The program introduces […]

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