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Monthly Archives from July 2016

Intellectual Property Frequently Asked Questions: Volume 1 – Trademarks

Intellectual Property Law can be a very confusing topic of conversation with clients, businesses, and friends. Today we are covering our first topic in our recurring Frequently Asked Questions series. Our first topic will cover Trademarks. What is a trademark? Trademarks can be any word, slogan, symbol, design or any combination of these. Some non-traditional trademarks can be a sound, color or smell. A trademark is a brand associated with goods or services to distinguish […]

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FAQ: Immigration Business Plan for L-1s and E-2 Investors Visas

Our latest post in our Frequently Asked Questions about Immigration has been posted on our website. Click here to download your copy today!

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So You Want a Trademark for Your Herbs?

A major shift is happening in this country regarding the legalization of marijuana. At least four states have legalized marijuana and more than twenty states have passed laws permitting the use of marijuana for medical issues. As entrepreneurs open up their new businesses selling marijuana and accessories they want to brand their businesses and products. These entrepreneurs are encountering obstacles under federal law when they file trademark applications with the United States Patent and Trademark […]

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DOS Announces Visa Retrogression for India and China EB-1 and Worldwide EB-2 until October 1, 2016

Due to continued high demand for immigrant visas, the U.S Department of State (DOS) announced cut-off dates for permanent residence applicants under the employment-based EB-1 category for India and China and all applicants in the second preference EB-2 category. EB-1 Visas are primarily reserved for priority workers and historically remained current for all applicants throughout the year.  Meaning that these applicants did not have to wait for visa availability to apply for an immigrant visa.  […]

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USCIS Reported Ongoing Capacity Issues Which Result in Slower Processing Times but Selected Cap-Subject H-1Bs for FY17 are Being Prioritized

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has experienced ongoing processing delays which are leading to slower processing times for immigration benefits, particularly for H-1B petitions. Many employers using regular processing are waiting 6-8 months for an H-1B adjudication including new filings and extension. If you are an employer or employee with an upcoming or pending H-1B filing, you should plan for these delays which will also affect plans to travel abroad.

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How to Prevent an IP Nightmare

Originally Published on the Marks Gray Blog In the arena of buying and selling businesses, the tangible elements involved are often the first items that come to mind. Most brokers, agents, and business owners always remember the basics such as financial statements, deeds, and contracts. However, there are key elements of businesses and business structures that are often never taken into consideration during the selling process, specifically Intellectual Property. Intellectual Property is often overlooked by […]

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