William Brees, Esq. and Brittany Maxey, Esq. present “CLE: Best Practices for Intellectual Property in Business Transactions” on behalf of the St. Petersburg Bar Association

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.

Brittany Maxey serves as panelist for SPARC Finale

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.



Apple Inc. Rapidly Growing Its Patent Portfilio

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.

The U.S. Supreme Court Continues Its Interest in Intellectual Property

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…”