Intellectual Property Blog

Monthly Archives from February 2019

Tips for Business Owners: Check These Things Before Deciding on a Business Name

Choosing a company name can be one of the most exciting decisions you make when bringing a business to life – but it can also be one of the most difficult. There is certainly more to it than tossing around catchy names until one sticks. It should be relevant, recognizable, easy to remember… and easy to spell. And of course, it has to be unique. Develop a short list of name variations so you don’t […]

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USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for H-1B Cap Petitions

On January 28, USCIS resumed premium processing for FY 2019 H-1B cap petitions only! This is because USCIS still has FY 2019 unadjudicated petitions as a result of the ongoing system inefficiencies and unjustified requests for evidence, which are creating huge delays and backlogs in the system. If you have received a request for evidence (RFE) and choose to pay for premium processing, you should include your RFE response with the request for premium processing. […]

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Attorney Logan K. McEwen offers pro-bono work for JALA Eviction Defense Self Help Clinics

Many Marks Gray attorneys participate in pro bono work using their skill set and experience to make a difference in the lives of Northeast Florida residents and businesses in pro-bono work.  Attorney Logan K. McEwen continues the tradition in his support of Jacksonville Legal Aid in pro bono representation and, participates in JALA Eviction Defense Self Help Clinics monthly. In the spring of last year, The Eviction Defense Self Help Project was formed to provide […]

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Edward L. Birk attends Forum on Communications Law

Florida News Media & First Amendment attorney Ed Birk served as a faculty member during the 2019 Media Advocacy Workshop at the American Bar Association’s annual Forum on Communications Law in Miami Beach. The workshop provides an opportunity for law students and young media attorneys to hone their skills advocating legal interests associated with free speech and a free press, both of which are fundamental rights in our Constitution. Twenty students participated in the advocacy […]

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Tips for Business Owners: Protect Your IP Assets by Using Employment Agreements

So, your trademark is registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, you’ve obtained copyright registration for your original materials through the US Copyright Office, and an employee agreement is now part of your new hire packet. You may believe your intellectual property safeguarding efforts are complete – but have you explicitly established ownership of the company’s intellectual property within those hiring documents? You should consider– if materials were created outside the ordinary course of […]

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How Can I Recapture Time Abroad to Extend My H-1B Status?

Time spent outside the United States exceeding 24 hours or more does not count toward H-1B (or L) time of admission. This time may be recaptured for subsequent H-1B (or L) status. In most situations, the recapture time is requested at the end of the allowable H-1B (or L) stay. The burden is on the petitioning employer and foreign national to present evidence of time outside of the United States. Based on the evidence provided, […]

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