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How to Avoid Guardianship?

As you age, it is essential to consider the avoidance of guardianship. Avoiding guardianship rests solely on your intent as an individual and then your capability to draft those crucial documents that relay your wishes regarding who you want to take care of and make decisions for you on financial and medical matters.    Two […]

Successful Business Basics: Why You Should Consider Hiring a Lawyer

When you start a business, there are many things that you need to take into consideration, but often the last one on the list is whether your business will need a lawyer. There are two professionals that every single business should have from the start – a trusted accountant and a lawyer who understands your […]

Widerman Malek Christmas Party 2017

The holidays have all but wrapped up, but not before Widerman Malek had a chance to hold its annual Christmas Party (this time for the adults). The photos of the event below are courtesy of Danielle Giles Photography.

How To Obtain A Software Patent

Up until recently, software patents accounted for about half of all patents issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The U.S. Supreme Court has since made it more difficult to receive a software patent. However, the tide is shifting back in favor of inventors and patent owners. In fact, since the initial […]

The US Patent and Trademark Office Remains Open During Government Shutdown

At 12:01 AM on January 20, 2018, the United States Government went into shutdown based on impasse in congress over budgeting.  Of course, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is an agency of the United States Government.  The government shutdown applies to all “non-essential” government agencies.  For example, agencies that are considered as […]

Protecting Software Using Patent And Trade Secret Law

Protecting Software Using Patent And Trade Secret Law Traditional legal strategies have pitted trade secret law and patent law against one another.  This is because patents are made public while trade secrets must be kept confidential.  However, there is a way to utilize the best of what both have to offer.

Children’s Christmas Party 2017

As the holidays begin, Widerman Malek held its annual Christmas party for the younger members of the WM family. Among the festivities was cookie decorating, crafts, story time and Santa’s arrival. View the photos from the party below!

A Primer for Employers: Recognizing and Stopping Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Most employers know that both federal and state law prohibit discrimination against persons on the basis of or on account of their gender.  This is called sex discrimination, and is expressly prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and various state anti-discrimination laws such as the Florida Civil Rights […]

Overcoming Patent Application Rejections by the USPTO

35 USC §101 Rejections Since the U.S. Supreme Court decided Alice v. CLS Bank in 2014 there has been a drastic increase in 35 USC §101 rejections. The decision emphasized that inventions “directed to an abstract idea” are not patentable. The U.S. Patent Office has used this decision to reject a majority of software utility […]

Federal Court Strikes Down DOL “White Collar” Overtime Final Rule

On August 31, 2017, Federal District Court Judge Amos L. Mazzant struck down the Department of Labor (“DOL”) Final Rule that would have categorically increased overtime eligibility by more than doubling the salary threshold under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”)’s “white collar” exemptions for executive, administrative, and professional employees from $455 per week ($23,660 […]

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