Maxey Law Offices, PLLC is proud to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week. From November 18 – 24, 2013, Global Entrepreneurship Week shines the spotlight on innovators and high-growth startups by providing them with a platform for collaboration. For additional information regarding Global Entrepreneurship Week visit http://www.gew.co.
St. Petersburg, FL- William Brees, Esq. and Brittany Maxey, Esq. of Maxey Law Offices, PLLC were distinguished speakers for the St. Petersburg Bar Association’s “CLE: Best Practices for Intellectual Property in Business Transactions” discussion this past week. William and Brittany conducted a presentation outlining the ownership of Intellectual Property, due diligence and Intellectual Property, the transfer and/or assignment of Intellectual Property rights, and the internet usage of Intellectual Property.
St. Petersburg, FL- Brittany Maxey served as a panelist for the St. Petersburg Artists Resource Collaborative, also known as SPARC, event this past week. Maxey provided guests with general information pertaining to Intellectual Property. For more information about SPARC and the finale event, please visit the link below.
St. Petersburg, FL- Brittany Maxey of Maxey Law Offices, PLLC spoke at a SCORE Workshop at the Greenhouse, formerly known as the Business Assistance Center, in Downtown St. Petersburg earlier this month. Maxey conducted a presentation outlining the basics of Intellectual Property Law.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has awarded 2505 patents to Apple Inc. this year. Apple is clearly investing significantly to protect its concepts. Interestingly, almost half of these patents are design patents, with 1261 being utility patents and 1244 being design patents. Apple undoubtedly believes in the potential value of design patents. And why wouldn’t it? Its Design Patent No. D604305 for a “Graphical User Interface for a Display Screen or Portion Thereof” accounted for $725 million of the $1 billion jury verdict against Samsung.
Start-ups, entrepreneurs, and small businesses can learn from the technology giant when considering patent protection by not quickly tossing aside design patents and, rather, carefully evaluate how design patents may be effectively used to protect their concepts.
This past Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review the Federal Circuit’s decision in three intellectual property cases. Two of the cases involve patents. And the third is a copyright case.
Highmark Inc.v. Allcare Health Management Sys., Docket No. 121163, is a patent case and concerns awarding attorney’s fees in exceptional cases. The question presented is “[w]hether a district court’s exceptional-case finding…based on its judgment that a suit is objectively baseless, is entitled to deference.”
Octane Fitness, LLC v. ICON Health & Fitness, Inc., Docket No. 12-1184, is the second patent case, and concerns the Federal Circuit’s test for finding exceptional cases to award attorney fees. The question presented is whether the Federal Circuit’s test for determining an exceptional case creates an unbalance in attorney fee awards between prevailing plaintiffs and prevailing defendants.
Petrella v. MGM, Docket No. 12-1315, is the copyright case, and concerns the statute of limitations for bringing a copyright infringement suit. The question presented is “[w]hether the nonstatutory defense of laches is available without restriction to bar all remedies for civil copyright claims filed within the three-year statute of limitations prescribed…”
If you were asked by a colleague to name the top 5 cities in America for young entrepreneurs, would Tampa make your list? If not, you may want to rethink your answers. In 2013, Forbes named Tampa as the 2nd best city for young entrepreneurs.*
This might come as a surprise to many, but it is actually old news for entrepreneurs living in City of Young Entrepreneurs. Not only the city of Tampa, but the entire Tampa Bay region, including St. Petersburg, has become an incubation center for technology start-ups.
Programs that help hatch these start-ups can be found on both sides of the bay. Such programs include the Tampa Bay Wave (www.tampabaywave.org), Tampa Bay Technology Incubator at the University of South Florida (www.research.usf.edu/rf/tbti.asp), Gazelle Lab Tampa Bay (http://gazellelab.com/tampabay), and Tampa Bay Innovation Center (http://www.tbinnovates.com).
Young entrepreneurs face many issues including attracting funding and market breakthrough. Protecting their intellectual property, which is often the entire basis for the start-up, is critical in attracting valuable funding and market positioning.
Recent changes to U.S. patent law has created new challenges that must be faced head-on with out-of-the-box creative strategies to protect start-up technology. Whether the technology is software based, a new consumer product, or a new service, creative strategies must be used to balance the delicate nature between funding and protecting the technology. Unfortunately, with recent patent law changes, one miss-step could result in losing the exclusionary rights to the technology and place the entrepreneur at a severe disadvantage. Because of this, start-ups and entrepreneurs should consider aligning themselves with an intellectual property law firm at the very beginning stages.
* Where Are New York and San Francisco On The Top Ten Cities For Young Entrepreneurs (http://goo.gl/iXaL6)