The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals has updated its civil pattern jury instructions for the first time in about eight years. The new instructions are found at the Court’s website. The 2013 instructions represent a major overhaul, both for readability (with a nod to, and input from, Bryan Garner) and in content. Most interesting to me is the addition of pattern instructions for copyright and trademark law. To my knowledge, before now only the Ninth Circuit had IP instructions prior to this change (or at least, that was the case the last time I had to pull together jury instructions).
I have always been fascinated by the behind-the-scenes policy decisions that go into the preparation and filing of an amicus curiae brief. The American Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section offers a peek behind the curtain in this months’ Landslide magazine. It’s an interesting look at how the sausage is made when the ABA is aiming to be a friend of the court.
Not only am I certified by the Florida Bar as an expert in Intellectual Property law, but now I am pleased to share that my peers have recognized me as one of Tampa’s top rated intellectual property lawyers for 2012 [.pdf]. My inclusion in the directory is based in part on my AV®Preeminent ranking by Martindale-Hubbell, as well as peer review.