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Monthly Archives from June 2018

Marks Gray Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Listings

Marks Gray, P.A., a Jacksonville-based law firm, in its 119th year serving Floridians, has had the following lawyers recognized as Florida’s leading lawyers by Florida Super Lawyers magazine for 2018: Jeptha F. Barbour – Personal Injury Defense; Edward L. Birk – Media & Advertising; Crystal T. Broughan – Intellectual Property; Giselle Carson – Immigration; William M. Corley – Personal Injury Products Defense; John R. Crawford – Estate Planning & Probate; Susan S. Erdelyi – Employment […]

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Preventing Counterfeit Trademarks – Part 1: Counterfeiting vs. Trademark Infringement

Is your business selling products on the Internet or in a retail store? Did your business take the necessary precautions to protect your trademarks from infringement or prevent the distribution of counterfeit goods? Counterfeiting and trademark infringement are somewhat similar violations of the law, though the remedies available to the trademark owner differ greatly. So, if someone is using your trademark in commerce, you may wonder if their actions qualify as counterfeiting or just trademark […]

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F, M, J Status Holders: Major Change to Accrued Unlawful Presence Policy

Starting August 9, 2018, USCIS officers must follow a new policy to calculate unlawful presence for F, J, and M status holders and their dependents who are admitted in duration of status or until a specific date. The policy for those in other nonimmigrant statuses will remain the same. This policy is important because a student may be subject to a 3-year, 10-year, or permanent bar to admission if they accrue too many days of […]

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FAQs About Trusts—“Can I do this?”

Co–authored by Kristine M. Scott, Estate Planning Associate Even though the term “trust” is used frequently, few people understand the terminology and technicalities of trusts until they are faced with one. What Is a Trust? A trust is a legal relationship between two parties: the person who creates the trust (the grantor/settlor) and the person (or institution/trust company) responsible for managing the trust, the Trustee. Under the arrangement, the Trustee manages the trust assets for the benefit of […]

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Mr. President, Unblock Your Twitter Account

A single tweet from President Trump is often fodder for an entire news cycle. It can completely change the national conversation and take over the public discourse. But what if the Tweeter-in-Chief blocks you from his conversations because you disagree with his ideas? When President Trump started to block the accounts of his critics, it sparked a controversy – and multiple lawsuits. Many of those blocked users felt their First Amendment rights were being violated. […]

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What Does It Mean to Have a “Merely Descriptive” Trademark?

Many people request that I prepare applications for trademarks that are considered ‘merely descriptive’. When I tell them that the mark is ‘merely descriptive’ and will be difficult to register, they are dismayed and disappointed. To be eligible for a trademark registration through the United States Patent and Trademark Office and receive the associated legal protections, a trademark should be strong and not just describe the goods or services being sold. This makes sense, since […]

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