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Attorney Terry Sanks included in Orlando Magazine Recognizing Orlando’s Best Lawyers

April 5, 2017—Terry Sanks is featured in a group photo in the April edition of “Orlando®—The City’s Magazine” as being one of Orlando’s Best Lawyers. Terry is recognized for patent law, trademark law and copyright law. In addition to being featured, he and his wife also attended a reception, on April 4, 2017, hosted by both the “Orlando” magazine and Barry University’s College of Law honoring all who attorneys who were also recognized as Best Lawyers. Jim Beusse was also included in the list of Best Lawyers, for patent law and litigation-patent, and so was Christine McLeod for patent law.

The list of attorneys is compiled by conducting exhaustive peer review surveys in which tens of thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. If the votes for an attorney are positive enough for recognition in Best Lawyers, that attorney must maintain those votes in subsequent polls to remain in each edition. Lawyers are not permitted to pay any fee to participate in or be recognized by Best Lawyers. For more than three decades, Best Lawyers publications which includes its Best Lawyers list, have earned the respect of the profession, the media, and the public, as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere.

Attorney Amber Davis Elected to OCBA Executive Council

April 4, 2017—Amber N. Davis was recently elected by her colleagues in the Orange County Bar Association to one of the three positions available on the OCBA Executive Council. Amber will serve a two (2) year term under incoming Presidents Liz McCausland and Richard Dellinger.

Attorney Sanks is the Keynote Speaker and Lockheed Martin’s Annual Inventor Luncheon

March 29, 2017—Attorney Terry Sanks was the invited Keynote speaker at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control’s 2017 Annual Inventor Luncheon. Terry’s insightful presentation was titled “A Look Back at the Impact of the America Invents Act and How Companies are Leveraging Patents in View of the Changes.”

BWSM Attorneys Attend the 8th Annual Intellectual Property Symposium

March 30, 2017 – March 31, 2017—Attorneys Terry Sanks, Amber Davis & Christine McLeod attended the 8th Annual Intellectual Property Law Symposium hosted on by the Intellectual Property Committee of the Business Law Section of the Florida Bar. As the Vice Chairman of the Intellectual Property Committee, in addition to attending, Terry Sanks was also instrumental in organizing the Symposium and actively participating in the successful running of this year’s event. The Symposium included topics ranging from protecting Marijuana via utility patents, plant patents and trademarks to surveys in IP cases and the most recent Defend Trade Secret Act passed in 2016.

BWSM Attorneys Sanks and O’Brien Lecture at the University of South Florida

March 9, 2017 & March 23, 2017—Cian O’Brien lectured at the Intellectual Property class that is offered through the University of South Florida Center for Entrepreneurship as part of it Masters’ degree program on March 9, 2017. Cian spoke on patents. Two weeks later, Terry Sanks lectured to the same class. Terry’s in-depth discussion canvassed numerous areas of intellectual property law, including utility patents, design patents, trademarks, trade dress copyrights, and right of publicity, in exploring these laws and how they may be impacted by advancement in additive manufacturing (3D printing) technology.

Amber Davis Receives Florida Bar Appointment

Amber N. Davis was recently appointed to the Florida Bar’s Ninth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee “F”.

Attorney Davis Receives Client Choice Award for 2017

February 14, 2017—Beusse Wolter Sanks & Maire, PLLC is proud to announce that one of its partners, Amber N. Davis, recently received the Client Choice Award for Trademarks in the State of Florida . Established in 2005, the Client Choice Awards recognize those partners around the world that stand apart for the excellent client service they provide. The criteria for the awards focus on the ability to add real value to clients’ business above and beyond other players in the market. Uniquely, these awards survey senior corporate counsel only, with this year’s winners chosen from a pool of more than 2,000 individual client assessments. As part of the assessments, Clients are asked to rate individual lawyers and law firms on the following client service criteria: quality of legal advice, commercial awareness, industry knowledge, strategic thinking, billing transparency, tailored fee structures, value for money, responsiveness, effective communication, clarity of documentation, sharing of expertise, appropriate staffing, project management, use of technology, loyalty and ethics. Amber N. Davis ranked extremely high in each of the categories by her clients ranking her as the “Client Choice” for Trademarks in the State of Florida.

Amber Davis recognized as One of the Top Trademark Attorneys in the State of Florida

January 18, 2017—Attorney Amber N. Davis was recently recognized by the World Trademark Review (“WTR”) as one of the top Trademark Attorneys in the State of Florida for 2017. The WTR is the world’s only independent daily news and information service exclusively reporting on trademark issues for in-house and private practitioners internationally. Individual practitioners, law firms and trademark attorney practices qualify for inclusion in the WTR 1000 on receiving sufficient positive feedback from market sources. The extensive research process was conducted over a four-month period by a team of full-time analysts and involved nearly 1,500 face-to-face and telephone interviews with trademark specialists across the globe. Through this research process, Amber’s client’s described her as “honest and hardworking,” someone that takes a “meticulous approaching to trademark prosecution and enforcement” and “her level of integrity and communication skills are of the highest caliber.”

Nicholas Richardson, research editor for the WTR 1000, explains: “A strong brand is vital to success in today’s intensely competitive and increasingly globalised market. Trademarks are key tools through which businesses can protect the goodwill and reputation inherent in their brands, and build and maintain demand for their products and services. As a result, external advisers play a crucial role in developing and implementing brand strategies for both local and international markets and in protecting these vital assets in the face of infringement. It is thus imperative to choose the best legal counsel and the WTR 1000 serves as an essential guide in today’s brand-focused economy – as well as highlighting the health of the trademark marketplace.”

Beusse Wolter Sanks & Maire, PLLC has a robust trademark practice not only in Florida, but throughout the United States and abroad. If you are interested in protecting your brand, please feel free to contact one of our trademark attorneys for a consultation.

Shanti Hill Co-Authors Chapter in ABA Publication

January 10, 2017—Shanti Hill co-authored a chapter in a book published by the American Bar Association (“ABA”) entitled “Recent Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation, 2016 Edition - Intellectual Property Law.” Shanti co-authored the chapter specific to the Eleventh (11th) Circuit Court of Appeal caselaw containing the latest and most significant developments in intellectual property in the 11th Circuit.

Terry Sanks Authors INTA Blog Post

January 6, 2017—Terry Sanks co-authored an article published on the International Trademark Association (“INTA”)Blog. The title of the article is “You are Now Connecting to Work Remotely: Is Your Cybersecurity Up to the Task?” The post can be found here: http://www.inta.org/INTABlog/Community.aspx/ As an illustration to BWSM’s global reach, as a member of the Technology Team of the INTA Law Firm Committee, Terry co-authored this article with a fellow committee member who practices law in New Zealand.

Shanti Hill Publishes an Article in the OCBA Briefs

January 2, 2017—The Briefs, a publication of the Orange County Bar Association (“OCBA”), published an article written by Shanti Hill. The article was submitted on behalf of the Intellectual Property Committee of the OCBA and is entitled “The Slants and Redskins: Trademarks, the First Amendment, and the Supreme Court – Can the Government Ban Registration of Trademarks It Deems Disparaging?”