Steve Peretz, Michael Chesal and Leora Herrmann gave a CLE seminar titled “Hidden Intellectual Property Issues for the Business Lawyer” at the Annual Retreat of The Florida Bar Business Law Section on September 4, 2011. Click here for a copy of the presentation handout. Steve Peretz gave a short overview of patent, trademark and copyright law which was followed by a more in-depth presentation by Michael Chesal on the selection of protectable trademarks, the advantages of trademark registration and basic information regarding how a trademark is registered in the U.S. and abroad. Leora Herrmann then described some of the most common potential intellectual property pitfalls and explained what business lawyers can do to help their clients avoid intellectual property litigation, ensure they own the copyrights, trademarks and inventions that are important to their businesses and avoid the inadvertent loss of valuable intellectual property rights. The seminar concluded with a presentation by Steve Peretz on obtaining coverage under a Commercial General Liability policy for certain intellectual property claims.