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Trademark Piracy – Amazon Brand Registry

Over the past several months a disturbing practice has been occurring at the USPTO.  Trademark pirates are fraudulently changing the email address of the correspondence section within a trademark registration.  Once changed, the trademark pirate contacts Amazon Brand Registry and requests the trademark be registered to the fraudulent email address/pirate.  Amazon will email a secret […]

Small & Diverse Business Education Fund Scholarship – Due October 26, 2018

The Small & Diverse Business Education Fund Scholarship sponsored by Bank of America is offering up to 50 scholarships of $10,000 each to eligible small and diverse businesses.  These scholarship recipients will be given the opportunity to further enhance the business operations functions within their companies, positioning them to better compete for increased business. To […]

Seven Obstacles You’re Likely to Encounter When Divorcing After Decades and What to Do About Them

The rate of “gray divorce”–couples aged 50 and older choosing to end their marriages–has just about doubled in the last 25 years. The reasons for this sharp increase are many, but certainly include the fact that divorce is no longer a social stigma as it was even a couple generations ago. No matter when a […]

Appraisal Contingencies – What Home Buyers Should Know

Purchasing a new home can be both an exciting and stressful preposition. It likely involves traveling around to numerous homes and touring them with your realtor (if you have one) and trying to decide the best location for yourself and/or your family. When you’ve finally decided on the home, that is where the real work […]

The importance of having a Power of Attorney

Partner Jim Ippoliti explains the importance of having a Power of Attorney and a will.  Jim helps individuals and their families develop plans to ensure their health care wishes are honored.

Beginning the Patent Process

  Attorney Kelly Swartz explains the first steps in protecting your patent.  Patents are an invaluable piece of intellectual property.  Frequently sought after by Fortune 500 companies and start-ups alike, a patent can protect your invention from reverse engineering and give you an advantage in the marketplace, as well as making your invention more attractive to […]

What Is Eminent Domain?

  Scott has vast experience in property rights law, especially in eminent domain litigation initiated by the Florida Department of Transportation, Pinellas, Pasco and Brevard Counties, all of which involved government authorized takings of private property for roadway, parks and utility purposes. His eminent domain experience was developed in both the public sector—where he handled […]

Federal Court Shuts Down Allergan’s Attempt to Shield Patents

A recent Federal Circuit ruling held that tribal sovereign immunity does not apply in reviews at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board which rejected an attempt from Allergan PLC to shield patents for its dry-eye medication, Restasis, by transferring them to a Native American tribe. According to an article by Reuters, the drug generated $1.5 […]

Japan Patent Law, Just Amended

At Widerman Malek, we pride ourselves on being a resource for our clients and referral sources especially when it relates to intellectual property matters.  We work closely with other intellectual property professionals across the country and the world which allows us to best service our clients. We recently received an update regarding patent law procedure […]

Title III American with Disabilities Act “Tester” Lawsuits

There is a problem happening throughout Florida which is affecting the rights of small business owners and taking advantage of the Title III American with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). This ongoing issue was prevalent in our recent case of Patricia Kennedy v. Rhoda Solano, et.al.   Our client owns and operates a small restaurant located in Cocoa […]

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