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Monthly Archives from March 2018

Broughan Taught an Intellectual Property 101 Course on March 13, 2018

Attorney Crystal Broughan taught an Intellectual Property 101 Course at the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. The institute is part of the Florida State University College of Business. The institute opened a Jacksonville office to provide executive level training to well-established small business owners. The goal of the class series is to help seasoned business owners think differently and more efficiently. Learn more about the Jim Moran Institute for Global […]

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Signatures Become Even More Important

Effective March 18, 2018, USCIS will no longer accept power of attorney signatures on forms from petitioners and applicants seeking immigration benefits. For forms filed by a corporation or other legal entity, an authorized person who is employed by the petitioner must sign. This is important because if a form is filed with a faulty signature, USCIS may reject the form without offering a chance to fix the problem. Power of attorney signatures are only authorized for children under 14 years old and individuals […]

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HB 459: Will Your Trade Secrets Become Public Records?

If you do business with the state of Florida, you may no longer be able to rely on a trade secrets exemption to hide related contracts or financial data from the public. Currently, certain public records can be kept private if they contain trade secrets. In 2016, the House Speaker sought to make public the terms of rapper Pitbull’s spokesman contract with the public agency Visit Florida. Pitbull argued that the trade secret exemption protected […]

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Giving Back to Our Community – Chili for Charity

We had the privilege of participating in The Jacksonville Bar Association’s 8th Annual Chili Cook-Off. Our attorneys and staff prepared the most delicious chili and toppings. The proceeds benefited “Rethreaded”, an amazing organization that renews hopes, reignites dreams, and supports survivors of human trafficking. Thank you to everyone who made this another successful and impactful event!

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Can You Trademark Disparaging and Scandalous Words?

Two major court cases in 2017 asked the question: can the government prohibit the registration of trademarks that may be considered defamatory or offensive? In 1905, The Trademark Act forbid the registration of scandalous and immoral trademarks. Then, in 1946, section 2(a) of the Lanham Act went further, prohibiting the federal registration of marks that were immoral, scandalous, or disparaging. But while these limitations may be the law, were they constitutional? Many believed that this […]

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Probate Administration in Florida

Co-authored by Sharon L. Palmer, ACP, FRP Life can be a whirlwind after the death of a loved one, especially when one is unfamiliar with the legal system and what is required to get assets properly transferred to beneficiaries. We began our series to help you get through this difficult time with our previous post discussing “here to begin”. This article will serve as a guide to the different types of probates in Florida and the requirements for each […]

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