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Monthly Archives from April 2019

Chester Bedell American Inn of Court: An Evening with Simon Tam

On April 11, 2019, the members of the Chester Bedell American Inn of Court experienced a thought-provoking and entertaining presentation by musician Simon Tam. Tam was the persistent force that led to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Matal v. Tam, 137 S. Ct. 1744, 1769 (2017). In this landmark case, the court determined that the Disparagement Clause of the Lanham Act was a violation of the First Amendment right to free speech and therefore […]

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Drastic Changes to Canadian Trademark Law Take Effect in June 2019

Written by Guest Author, Marks Gray Associate Logan McEwen Trademarks in Canada are looking at a major overhaul effective June 17, 2019 as Canadian legislation adopting the Singapore Treaty, Nice Agreement, and Madrid Protocol are implemented. How the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) examines and approves trademark applications will be remarkably different. A short highlight reel includes: Registrable marks will now include scents, holograms, color combinations, and animated images alongside traditional word marks, design marks, […]

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Kevin P. Russell Joins Marks Gray as Chief Operating Officer

Marks Gray, P.A. is pleased to announce Kevin P. Russell has joined the firm as Chief Operating Officer, bringing with him more than 25 years of experience in the legal field.  In his role, Mr. Russell will manage all the administration and operational functions for the firm and work with the Management Committee to achieve the firm’s strategic initiatives. Firm president, Frederick H. Kent, III said, “We are delighted to welcome Kevin to the Marks […]

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Extending H-1B Visas Beyond 6 Years and Recapturing Time

For H-1B visa holders and their employers, it’s valuable to understand the options for an extension of time beyond six years. Check out our FAQs to understand the opportunities that may be available. Read the FAQs.  

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Attorney John R. Crawford Explains How to Avoid Probate

The disadvantages of probating a will are many. The probate process is expensive, time-consuming, and intrusive. Court costs, attorney fees, personal representative fees, bonds, and accounting fees all add up. Marks Gray, P.A. attorney John R. Crawford details the disadvantages of probate and how to best avoid it.  If your estate is probated without a will, the costs of probate may be even greater. The probate process is a notoriously protracted legal procedure. Studies in […]

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The Pros and Cons of Trademark Licensing

With a trademark licensing agreement, a registered trademark owner (the licensor) receives a negotiated royalty in exchange for allowing another party (the licensee) to use the licensor’s trademark. The licensor receives revenue for the use of their mark without the expenses and risks of product manufacturing, marketing, and sales. The licensee, in turn, has an opportunity to use the trademark without the expenses and risks of research and development. When employed properly, a trademark license […]

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