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What Exactly Does “Failure to Function as a Trademark” Mean?

“Failure to function as a trademark” is one of the reasons the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) may refuse to register an applicant’s proposed trademark. What does it mean? How can this happen?   Quite simply, not all words, designs, or symbols used by business owners in commerce to sell goods or services function as trademarks — regardless of the trademark applicant’s intent. A word, design, or symbol does not function as a trademark […]

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Foreign Nationals: Things You Should Know Before Travelling Abroad

Many foreign nationals travel abroad and renew their visas during this time of year. This process, however, is becoming more challenging, restrictive, and time-consuming with COVID still raging around the world. In January, the Biden Administration reinstated COVID-19 Travel Bans from Brazil, Ireland, the U.K., and the Schengen Area. Additionally, they added South Africa to that list. Travelers physically present in the affected countries will be banned from entering the U.S. until the ban is […]

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Jim Moran Institute For Global Entrepreneurship Small Business Executive Program in Jacksonvillle

Are you a small business owner who has been in business for more than three years? Do you need help with strategic planning, digital marketing, financial analysis, protection of intellectual property, human resource issues, or succession planning? If so, you may be eligible to participate in the Small Business Executive Program that is offered by the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship through the Florida State University College of Business.   Currently, the Institute is accepting […]

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What Songwriters Can Do to Take Advantage of the New Blanket License for Mechanical Royalties

As songwriters know only too well, a significant portion of music these days is shared online, either by people downloading it directly or streaming it through various services. Unfortunately, up until this year, how royalties through these services work has been complicated at best. That all changed on January 1st though, thanks to the Music Modernization Act (MMA). As part of the act, a new blanket license for mechanical royalties was created, as was a […]

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Use This Handy Checklist to Help You Get Ready for the H-1B Cap Filing Season

To start to give you some peace of mind and make this process go as smoothly as possible for you, we have created an initial checklist of documents and information that employers and employees should be gathering now.  Download the checklist.

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Copyright Owners Seeking Less than $30,000 in Damages Can Now Skip Federal Court

Are you the owner of a copyright that has been violated? Are you seeking damages that are less than $30,000? Good news is here! You may have heard that in December of last year, Congress passed the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2019 (CASE Act) as part of their COVID relief bill. The CASE Act allows for the creation of a separate copyright infringement tribunal system for small claims cases.  In other words, […]

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