News & Resources

Monthly Archives from September 2019

SCORE Workshop Presented by Broughan on Tuesday

Marks Gray intellectual property attorney Crystal Broughan is presenting a free SCORE workshop entitled “Trademarks, Copyrights and Your Intellectual Property Assets” on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 from 6 to 8 pm. In the presentation, Broughan will discuss the various types of IP  and how to protect those assets. Attendees will learn about: Trademark rights, how to do a trademark search, and how to apply for a registration.  Copyright registrations, copyright infringement, fair use, and how […]

Continue Reading

Why a Work for Hire Agreement Should Be Signed in Advance

In the late 1970s, a US federal statute formalized the concept that a work is innately copyright protected at the time of creation. As written, “A work is created when it is ‘fixed’ in a copy or phonorecord for the first time.” While every creator naturally has copyright to any original form of expression, the United States Copyright Act of 1976 also outlines exceptions to those protections. One of those exceptions is the “work for […]

Continue Reading

Appeals Court Affirms That Elected Officials Can’t Block Critics on Twitter

Questions on First Amendment rights violations in the new digital public square continue to circulate in the lower court systems across the country.  However, the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals recently solidified the precedent that social media accounts of elected officials (specifically President Trump’s Twitter account, in one case) can be public or private — not both. And don’t think the President is alone in responding to unflattering tweets with attempts to block dissenters; […]

Continue Reading

Library Of Congress 19th Annual National Book Festival

A few months ago, I signed up for the Library of Congress blog to keep track of new developments in the world of copyright and the Library of Congress. I learned that for the past eighteen years the Library of Congress has hosted a National Book Festival in Washington, DC. The original National Book Festival was founded by First Lady Laura Bush and James H. Billington, the 13th Librarian of Congress in 2001. This year’s […]

Continue Reading

In the Community & Profession

Building a Better World The Marks Gray immigration team is honored to partner with amazing clients who are designing and building a better world. Bowling for a Cause The Marks Gray law firm bowling team supports the Small Business Resource Network in Northeast Florida! This team included Crystal T. Broughan, Kevin P. Russell, Austin Sherman, Dawn Waldenmaier, Logan McEwen and Giselle Carson.  

Continue Reading

H-1B Visas Are Going, Going… Gone

With the option of obtaining a cap-subject H-1B visa off the table, you may wonder: what options are available to employers seeking work visas for skilled foreign nationals? What should the plan of action be for professionals seeking an employment visa? Download our quick guide to alternative work visa options to consider below. You can also learn more details about these work visas in my book, Beyond the H-1B: A Guide to Work Visa Options […]

Continue Reading