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Yearly Archives from 2018

F-1 Students: How to Handle the Cap-Gap

If you are an F-1 student who has recently graduated and are in post-competition optional practical training (OPT), you may have a gap between when your F-1 or OPT status ends and your H-1B status will begin, if selected.   Fortunately, USCIS has a policy in place that can allow you to stay, and often continue working, in the United States while you wait for news on your H-1B filing. You must: Be the beneficiary […]

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H-1B Cap Selection Is Complete. Now What?

On April 6th, USCIS announced that the cap of 85,000 new H-1B visas for FY2019 was met. They received a total of 190,098 H-1B cap petitions, 95,885 of which are master’s cap petitions. If you submitted a petition, you may be wondering, “What happens now? When will I know if mine is selected?” USCIS takes several weeks to months to notify which cases are selected in the lottery. Here is an overview of the process […]

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Shareholder Edward L. Birk Named Vice President of The Association of Defense Attorneys (ADTA)

Marks Gray is pleased to announce attorney Edward L. Birk was elected Vice President of the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA) at its 77th Annual meeting in Austin, Texas on April 21, 2018. Mr. Birk has served as Treasurer and a member since 2003. The ADTA is an organization of defense lawyers which accepts members by invitation only, allowing only one prime member per one million in population for each city, town, or municipality across […]

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Should You Discuss Your Estate Planning with Your Beneficiaries in Advance?

When finished executing their estate planning documents, our clients very often exhale a sigh of relief. They exclaim how happy they are to, “have all of this over with”. We certainly understand their feelings. It can be daunting, to say the least, to work on your estate plan, deciding who will inherit what and who will manage and distribute your assets after you pass away. In fact, it can be downright stressful trying to determine […]

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Marks Gray Attorneys Named Best Lawyers of 2018

Marks Gray, P.A. is pleased to announce that seven of its attorneys are named Best Lawyers in Jacksonville, Jeptha F. Barbour is honored as one of the Lawyers of the Year and The Florida Supreme Court Board Certified attorneys are recognized in their legal specialty in Jacksonville Magazine. Best Lawyers 2018 Jeptha F. Barbour – Insurance Law, Litigation – Insurance, Medical Malpractice  Law – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants,  Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants […]

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USPTO’s New Program to Combat Trademark Application Fraud

The United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) launched a pilot program allowing users to protest trademark applications filed with improper specimens that are digitally created, altered, or fabricated. This program was implemented to combat the growing problem with illegitimate filings, particularly those from China. Many of these fraudulent applicants are not actually using their marks in the United States. Instead they doctor specimens to reserve the rights to the mark, often by adding text […]

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