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Firm Partner, Meredith Frank Mendez, Chairs the 2022 Florida Bar IP Law Symposium, Associates Also Presenting
Firm Partner, Meredith Frank Mendez, is the Chairperson of the 2022 Florida Bar Intellectual Property Law Symposium, the premier event in the state for members of the IP Bar. Held at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables on April 28 and 29, the IP Symposium will feature a series of case study panel discussions covering a wide range of IP law topics, including a mock summary judgment argument before Honorable Lisette Reid from the Southern District of Florida and Honorable Julie S. Sneed from the Middle District of Florida, and the impact of the American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc. case on Section 101 of the Patent Act case with panelist, Honorable Paul Michel, former Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit. Panel discussions will also include relevant new topics such as NFTs and Name, Image, and Likeness in college athletics. The IP Symposium will also have a panel with David Carson, one of the first Copyright Claims Officers at the U.S. Copyright Office to discuss the recently-formed Copyright Claims Board. Each of the panels is expected to cover some of the more advanced aspects of IP. The Keynote Speaker on Thursday is the Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Drew Hirshfeld, who will be giving a “fireside chat” about many relevant topics, including the Trademark Modernization Act. The keynote speaker on Friday will be Dennis Crouch, author of the popular Patently-O blog that is regularly read by most U.S. patent law professionals. Firm Senior Associate, W. John Eagan, also will be presenting the patent section of the “Year in Review” program and Firm Associate, Cleo Suero, will moderate a panel about NFTs on April 29. For more information: https://member.floridabar.org/s/lt-event?id=a1R1R0000088zSaUAI#/Agenda%20-%20Speakers
The Firm congratulates Kelly Malloy, a Registered Patent Agent in the Miami office, on her recent tapping into the Iron Arrow Honor Society. Founded in 1926, Iron Arrow is the highest honor that can be bestowed at the University of Miami. The Society’s purpose is the protection, improvement, and general welfare of UM, and it is a recognized clan of the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida. Additionally, Iron Arrow’s criteria for membership are scholarship, leadership, character, humility, and love of alma mater. Ms. Malloy is one of just 17 selected for membership this semester out of all students, faculty, staff, and alumni across all of UM’s undergraduate, graduate, medical, and law communities. She is a J.D. candidate and, upon completing the Florida Bar, the Firm looks forward to Ms. Malloy becoming a full-time Associate Attorney in the Fall.
In recognition of exemplary philanthropic service, the Baptist Health Foundation honored Firm Partner, John Cyril Malloy, III, with the prestigious “2021 Spark Award.” The Foundation raises funds to deliver cutting-edge healthcare to South Florida by supporting Baptist Health South Florida’s network of 12 hospitals and specialized institutes from Boca Raton to the Florida Keys. Unbeknownst to many, Baptist Health South Florida is a true non-profit that relies overwhelmingly on generous donors and grateful patients to render indigent and reduced-cost care throughout our communities, attract world-class medical talent to South Florida, build and modernize award-winning facilities in our very own neighborhoods, and seed the innovation of its healthcare professionals from new medical devices to innovative treatments. Mr. Malloy has been a member of the Foundation board since 2017 and – especially throughout the Covid-19 pandemic – he has worked tirelessly to “spark” that vital philanthropy. If you would like more information on how you can support the Baptist Foundation, including the many benefits of becoming a member of the Giving Society, please contact Mr. Malloy directly.
Kelly Malloy Receives Student Leadership Award from University of Miami School of Law Alumni Association
The Firm congratulates Kelly Malloy, Patent Engineer and Law Clerk, on her selection as this year’s recipient of the Joseph H. Bogosian Student Leadership Award from the University of Miami School of Law Alumni Association. The award was presented to Ms. Malloy at Miami Law’s 72nd Annual Homecoming Breakfast for her service as President of the Student Bar Association.
Senior Associate W. John Eagan recently put a stop to an email fraud scheme with a favorable result under the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (“UDRP”). Unknown bad actors registered a domain name which was confusingly similar to a domain used by one of the Firm’s clients, whereby the fraudsters substituted the “.com” domain of the legitimate website with “.co” for its scheme. The spurious domain was then used to send fraudulent emails to the client’s customers, posing as actual employees of the client, the only difference in email address being the surreptitious switch from “.com” to “.co” at the end of the address. The intent of the scheme was to provide alternative banking details in the hopes that the client’s customers would not notice the change in email domain, and would begin sending payments to the new bank coordinates.
While the victims of any such crimes should first and foremost report the fraud to the proper law enforcement authorities, the firm was able to counsel a relatively simple and effective solution to help ensure that the fraudulent activity did not continue. A successful complaint under the UDRP can result in transfer of the disputed domain name to the complaining party. So while the imposters may reside outside the jurisdiction of the proper authorities, without access to or control of the domain name, it can no longer be used to perpetrate email fraud.
The Firm routinely counsels its clients on cost-effective and practical solutions to intellectual property issues from its offices in Miami, Boca Raton, and Jacksonville.
John Cyril Malloy, III
was named “LAWYER OF THE YEAR”
Litigation – Patent – Miami
Best Lawyers® is one of the most highly respected rankings of legal professionals, relying on peer review to capture the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area. A sophisticated, conscientious, rational, and transparent survey process elicits meaningful and substantive evaluations of the quality of legal services. Additional recognitions are also awarded to individual attorneys with the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific practice area. One attorney is recognized as the “Lawyer of the Year” for each specialty and location.
The Firm Welcomes
Robert M. Downey
as Of Counsel and
Senior Registered Patent Attorney
in the Firm’s Boca Raton Office
Firm Prevails on Federal Appeal
Representing the nationwide beauty brand European Wax
Center®, the Firm prevailed before the U.S. Court of Appeals in a
case involving domain name cybersquatting, successfully
defending a Summary Judgment from the U.S. District Court.
Firm Partner Oliver A. Ruiz argued the case.
Link to published decision: https://media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/files/202011929.pdf
Oliver A. Ruiz
was re-elected as Federal Bar Association
Circuit Vice-President for the Eleventh Circuit
Meredith Frank Mendez
has been appointed as Chair of the Florida Bar’s
Intellectual Property Law Symposium Committee
Peter A. Matos
was re-elected as Vice-Chair of the
Miami Beach Convention Center Advisory Board
Firm Senior Associate
W. John Eagan
has been re-appointed as Vice-Chair
of the Dade County Bar Association’s
Intellectual Property Committee
Jennie S. Malloy
was recognized as a “Best Lawyer”
for the 15th year in a row.
The Firm’s 2021 Summer Internship Program was featured on the University of Miami School of Law‘s social media. Pictured are law clerks Tyler Litwak, Kelly Malloy, and Victor Bruzos, all of whom have been invited back to continue clerking during the Fall semester.
Congratulations to Firm Partners, Peter Matos, Jennie Malloy, John Cyril Malloy III, and Oliver Ruiz, on being named to this year’s list of SuperLawyers, and to Firm Senior Associate, W. John Eagan, on being named a Rising Star. Of note, Mr. Matos, Mr. Malloy, and Mrs. Malloy, have been named Super Lawyers for no less than ten years. Relying on a patented process of nominations, research, peer evaluation, and final selection of less than 5% of all attorneys, this Thompson-Reuters company produces one of the more reliable attorney rankings available.
Firm Partner, Meredith Frank Mendez, will be the featured speaker at All Before Dinner’s “Business Bootcamp” on May 11 about how to protect Trademarks and other Intellectual Property. This event is free and open to non-members. All Before Dinner is a business group of female professionals balancing motherhood with their successful careers. Visit www.allbeforedinner.com to register.
Victor Bruzos Elected President of Intellectual Property Law Society at University of Miami School of Law
The Firm congratulates Patent Engineer and Law Clerk, Victor Bruzos, on his recent election as President of the Intellectual Property Law Society at the University of Miami School of Law for the 2021-2022 academic year. IPLS is an active student organization that supports classmates interested in careers in IP. With the help of his executive board, Mr. Bruzos plans to host a range of advanced educational events on emerging IP topics, to strengthen mentorship programs by pairing students with IP practitioners, and to solidify Miami Law’s reputation as the IP leader among law schools.