Intellectual Property Blog

Special Announcement: US Copyright Registration Fee Changes

The United States Copyright Office (USCO) has announced a new fee schedule that went into effect on Friday, March 20, 2020. This follows a comprehensive cost study, an evaluation of budget requirements, and a review of previous proposals and public commentary. The changes are an attempt by the USCO to balance its expenses. Not all fees increased. Some decreased. And some, like group applications for photos, have remained the same. The most widely-affected cross-section of […]

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USCIS Office Closures

USCIS suspended in-person services at field offices until at least April 1. This will impact and further delay Biometric (fingerprinting) appointments, Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) and Advance Parole (travel document) adjudications, Green Card and Naturalization interviews, Naturalization Ceremonies, and more. Learn more. If you have questions about this change, please reach out to the Marks Gray Immigration Team for assistance.

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Just Announced Flexibility for In-Person I-9 Verification

On Friday, March 20, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security used its discretionary authority to allow flexibility for the in-person Form I-9 verification requirements. Here is what you need to know. Who Is Eligible for This Flexibility? If you’re an employer practicing social distancing because of the pandemic, you can now remotely review new hires identity and employment authorization documents. This flexibility only applies to employees working remotely. If the employee is physically present at […]

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Premium Processing Suspension for I-129 and I-140 Petitions

On March 20, 2020, USCIS temporarily suspended premium processing service for all Form I-129 and I-140 petitions until further notice due to the pandemic. What If USCIS Already Accepted Your Request for Premium Processing?  As of this writing, USCIS plans to continue with premium processing for those petitions that already have an accepted Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service.  What About Other Premium Processing Requests in Progress? For petitions mailed before March 20 that […]

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Extended Time for Resolving E-Verify Tentative Nonconfirmations

E-Verify extended the timeframe to take action to resolve: Social Security Administration (SSA) Tentative Nonconfirmations (TNCs) when they cannot be resolved due to SSA office closures. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Tentative Nonconfirmations when they cannot be resolved due to office closures. Employers Must Still Notify the Employee of the TNC As Soon As Possible Employers are still required to let the employee know about the TNC result as soon as possible. Once the employee […]

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Just Announced Flexibility for In-Person I-9 Verification

On Friday, March 20, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security used its discretionary authority to allow flexibility for the in-person Form I-9 verification requirements. Here is what you need to know. Who Is Eligible for This Flexibility? If you’re an employer practicing social distancing because of the pandemic, you can now remotely review new hires identity and employment authorization documents. This flexibility only applies to employees working remotely. If the employee is physically present at […]

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