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Terry M. Sanks, a registered patent attorney, is a founding member of the firm.  In guiding clients with developing strategies to best utilize and protect their intellectual property (“IP”), he provides representation in all areas of IP law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, litigation, and licensing and transactions.  Terry’s diverse practice also includes managing patent portfolios and trademark portfolios for Fortune 500 companies and regional companies. The regional companies are not limited to the Orlando area. He is the lead for a strategic relationship with a law firm located in the Florida Panhandle to assist their clients with their IP needs. He also represents clients throughout Florida, Silicon Valley, Chicago, other high-tech innovation and scientific regions of the country, and companies and individuals located in various countries throughout the world. Terry frequently assists clients with exploring and establishing plans to optimally leverage their intellectual property.   Terry’s noteworthy legal abilities have resulted in him being recognized and honored at the state level and nationally.

Terry has prepared and prosecuted patents in the U.S. and worldwide in numerous technologies including various aspects of electrical, electromechanical and mechanical technologies, software-based, and business methods. His name is included as the patent attorney on over 200 U.S. patents. He also counsels clients on the patentability of inventions and provides patent infringement and validity opinions. With respect to trademarks, Terry counsels clients on the selection, availability for use, and the preparation and prosecution of trademarks with state agencies and the USPTO, including opposition and cancellation practice before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Terry also addresses client matters related to copyrights as well as prepares registration of copyrights filed with the United States Copyright Office. In addition to assisting clients with IP related business matters, such as licensing agreements and other business agreements, he is also litigates various matters involving intellectual property law.

Terry has been an adjunct professor of law at the Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University College of Law and at the Barry University School of Law. Terry is also a recurring guest lecturer at masters’ degree courses provided by the United of South Florida Center for Entrepreneurship and has lectured at Rollins College’s Crummer Graduate School of Business. He has also volunteered his time, primarily to civic and church-based organizations, lecturing on various areas of intellectual property law.  He has also been known to mentor law students with an interest in IP law and attorneys starting their legal careers.

In addition to his involvement in national bar associations, Terry is active in the Florida Bar and the Orange County Bar Association.  He was selected as member of the Federal Bar Committee and is the Chair of 7th Annual IP Symposium.

Terry is a decorated officer who served in the United States Air Force. Several of his recognized accomplishments include being the first program manager of a one-of-its-kind electric propulsion space experiment, authoring several articles about electric propulsion including being published in the Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, and representing the Air Force at national and international conferences. He also worked as an electronic combat systems engineer, directly supporting the war-fighting mission of combat fighter pilots in both the Air Force and Navy. He later continued to serve his country as an Air Force reservist.

In the community, Terry served twelve years on the Board of Directors for Catholic Charities of Central Florida, three years as Board President. He also was the band booster president and vice president at a local middle school. For over a decade he was a member of various school advisory councils. Terry has also previously volunteered as the varsity girls' and junior varsity girls' basketball and volleyball coach at Teague Middle School for several years. He has also coached several community basketball teams including both boys' and girls' traveling basketball teams.  An activity which continues to exemplify his commitment to helping children is his longstanding service as a Guardian Ad Litem, representing children in child abuse and neglect cases.

Practice Areas:
Intellectual Property Law, including patent preparation and prosecution, trademark preparation and prosecution, copyright preparation and prosecution; Intellectual Property Litigation including patent infringement, trademark infringement, copyright infringement, trade dress infringement, cybersquatting, theft of trade secrets, domain name disputes, anti-cybersquatting, unfair competition, computer fraud and abuse, deceptive and unfair trade practices, tortious interference, breach of contract, trademark trial and appeal board proceedings, and related appellate litigation; and Business Related and Technology Related Matters including licensing, non-disclosure agreements, confidentiality agreements, software agreements, manufacturing, supply agreements, other agreements involving intellectual property, and trade secret protection.

Reported Cases
Jeffrey Feulner, P.A. v. Cordell Practice Management Group, LLC, 2015 TTAB LEXIS 462 (October 26, 2015)

Dynamic Designs Distribution, Inc. v. Nalin Mfg., LLC, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 54217 (M.D. Fla. 2014)

Costantine v. C.F.M. Distributing Co. Inc., 553 Fed. Appx. 1005 (Fed. Cir. 2014) 

C.F.M. Distribution Co., Inc. v. Costantine, 2013 TTAB LEXIS 133 (March 20, 2013)

Bureau of Dangerous Goods, Ltd. V. Hazmat Software, LLC, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 52845 (M.D. Fla. 2012)

Jagex Ltd. V. Impulse Software, 750 F. Supp. 2d 228 (D. Mass. 2010)
Recent Speaking Engagements
An Overview of Intellectual Property from the View of 3D Printing, University of South Florida, Center for Entrepreneurship, Intellectual Property course that is part of the Master’s Degree in Entrepreneurship, 2015-2019.

A Paralegal’s Guide to Intellectual Property, Course No. 78085, Institute for Paralegal Education, Webcast November 9, 2017.

Recent Developments in Trade Secrets Law, 5th Annual Conference of the National Docketing Association, September 2017.

Technology in Practice and the City Attorney, 36th Annual Seminar of the Florida Municipal Attorneys Association, July 2017.

The Intersection of IP and Healthcare: An Expert Forum, Florida Health Innovators Meetup, July 2017.

A Look Back at the Impact of the America Invents Act and How Companies are Leveraging Patents in View of the Changes, Lockheed Martin, Missiles and Fire Control’s 2017 Annual Inventor Luncheon, March 2017.

Patents! Anything and Everything You Want to Know About Them, Just Ask!, Rollins College, Graduate School of Business, Entrepreneurship course, October 16, 2016.

Can You Keep a Secret? Considerations When Protecting Trade Secrets, before the Association of Corporate Counsel, Orlando, Florida, September 2016

Can You Keep a Secret? The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, as part of the Orange County Bar Association’s seminar titled “Intellectual Property Updates: What IP Attorneys Need to Know,” Orlando, Florida, November 1, 2016

Patents! Anything and Everything You Want to Know About Them, Just Ask!, Rollins College’s Crummer Graduate School of Business, Orlando, Florida, October 19, 2016 Symposium Host/Moderator, 7th Annual Intellectual Property Symposium, Orlando, Florida, April 2016

3D Printing is a Reality, Are Your Assets Protected? before the Association of Corporate Counsel, Melbourne, Florida, December 2015

A Bottle of Red, A Bottle of White...Bring Your Sports IP Appetite! Speaking on design patents domestic and internationally before the Association of Corporate Counsel, Orlando, Florida, September 2015

Find it Free and Fast on the Net:  Strategies for Legal Research on the Web, on behalf of the Institute for Paralegal Education, Orlando, Florida, October 2014

Patentable Subject Matter Under 35 U.S.C. § 101 in View of Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank (2014), presented to the Office of Technology Transfer at the University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, July 2014

Find it Free and Fast on the Net:  Strategies for Legal Research on the Web, on behalf of the National Bar Institute Seminar Series, Orlando, Florida, July 2014

Trademark Law Update at the IP Law Update at the Orange County Bar Association, Orlando, Florida, June 2014

Special Procedures & Issues in Patent Litigation at the Orange County Bar Association’s Bench Bar Conference, Orlando, Florida, April 2014

Copyrights, Trademarks, and Unfair Competition at the Advanced Technology Center at Gulf Coast State College and the Business Innovation Center at Florida State University’s Panama City Campus, Panama City, Florida, April 2014

Moderator, 3D Printing & Its Implications on Design Patents, Trade Dress & Copyrights at the 5th Annual Intellectual Property Symposium, Tampa, Florida, March 2014

3D Printing:  Legal Implications from Manufacturing to Merchandizing; Food Preparation to Fashion; Construction to Bio-Medical, before the Association of Corporate Counsel, Orlando, Florida February 2014

Legal Publications
T. M. Sanks, BWSM Blog, “How Has the Defend Trade Secrets Act Fared Two Years After Enactment?,” http://www.bwsmiplaw.com/blog, July 2018.

T. M. Sanks and S. Moran, INTA Blog News, Views Federal and Trends, “You are Now Connecting to Work Remotely: Is Your Cybersecurity Up to the Task?,” http://www.inta.org/INTABlog/Community.aspx, January 2017. (NOTE ALREADY THERE BUT NOTICE WHERE IT SHOULD FALL IN LINE WITH THESE NEW ADDITIONS)

T. M. Sanks, Association of Corporate Counsel, Central Florida, “What You Should Know About the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, October 2017.

T. M. Sanks, BWSM Blog, “Federal Theft of Trade Secret Act Enacted,” http://www.bwsmiplaw.com/blog, May 2016.

T. M. Sanks and S. Moran, “You are Now Connecting to Work Remotely: Is Your Cybersecurity Up to the Task?” INTA Blog News, Views and Trends January 2017

T. M. Sanks, “Recent Trends in Patent Infringement Litigation have had a Profound Effect on Strategy” Recent Trends in Patent Infringement Lawsuits, 2016 Edition published by Thomson Reuters/Aspatore Books

T. M. Sanks, “Database Protection: National And International Attempts To Provide Legal Protection For Databases,” Florida State University Law Review, Vol. 25, No. 4, Summer 1998.

Technical Publications:
L. K. Johnson et al., and T. M. Sanks et al., “Frequency-Domain Electromagnetic Characteristics of a 26-Kilowatt Ammonia Arcjet,” Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol. 33, No. 1, pages 137-143, January-February 1996.

T. M. Sanks, D. R. Bromaghim, and J. C. Andrews, "Calculated and Measured Radiated Electromagnetic Emissions from a High Power Arcjet Thruster," Proceeding of the AIAA 29th Joint Propulsion Conference, Monterey, CA, July 1993.

M. Kriebel, TRW Space and Defense, Redondo Beach, CA, and T. M. Sanks, Phillips Laboratory, Edwards AFB, CA,  "Electric Propulsion Space Experiment (ESEX) -- Spacecraft Design Issues For High Power Electric Propulsion," Proceedings of the 1992 Joint Army, Navy, NASA, Air Force (JANNAF) Propulsion Meeting, Indianapolis, IN, February 1992.

J. M. Jones, T. M. Sanks, and B. Raygor, "The USAF Electric Propulsion Systems Activities," Proceeding of the AIAA 28th Joint Propulsion Conference, Nashville, TN, July 1992.

T. M. Sanks B. Raygor, and M. Birkin, "The Status and Future Plans of Electric Propulsion Development By the United States Air Force," to be presented at the AIAA 22nd IEPC, Viareggio, Italy, October 1991.

T. M. Sanks, J. M. Jones, and J. C. Andrews, "The Electric Propulsion Program at the Astronautics Laboratory," Proceedings of the AIAA 21st International Electric Propulsion Conference (IEPC), Orlando, FL, July 1990.

J. C. Andrews and T. M. Sanks, "Arcjet Propulsion for ELITE," Proceedings of the AIAA 21st IEPC, Orlando, FL, July 1990.   

T. M. Sanks and J. C. Andrews, "The Astronautics Laboratory of the Air Force Systems Command Electric Propulsion Projects," Proceeding of the AIAA Joint Propulsion Conference (JPC), Monterey, CA, June 1989.
Bar Admissions
  • Florida
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Florida State University College of Law
    Tallahassee, Florida, J.D.
  • California State University at Fresno
    Fresno, CA
    M.S.,Engineering (Electrical Engineering Emphasis)
  • Tuskegee University
    Tuskegee AL
    B.S., Electrical Engineering
Professional Associations & Memberships
  • The Florida Bar—Member, Business Law Section (Member, Executive Council); Intellectual Property Law Committee (Chair 2018-2019, First Vice Chair 2017-2018, Second Vice Chair 2016-2017, Chair for the 7th Annual Intellectual Property Law Symposium 2016); Entertainment and Sports Law Section; and the Federal Court Practice Committee
  • National Bar Association—Member, Commercial Law Section and Intellectual Property Law Section
  • American Bar Association—Member
  • Federal Bar Association—Orlando Chapter
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Orange County Bar Association—Intellectual Property Law Committee
Awards/ Recognitions
  • AV Preeminent® by Martindale HubbellTM
  • Best Lawyer by Best Lawyers in America© in the fields of patent law, trademark law, and copyright law in 2016 - 2019
  • Best Lawyers® Copyright Law "Lawyer of the Year"—2019
  • Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine in 2008-2009 and 2013-2018
  • Florida Trend’s Legal Elite 2018
  • IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine  2013-2018
  • Orlando Magazine's Best Lawyers® 2016-2019
  • AVVO Rating: 10

IP star