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Monthly Archives from May 2019

IP Lawyers Donate Books to Children’s Book Drive

Children’s books and intellectual property lawyers were the highlight of my day yesterday. In Austin, Texas, I met with a group of intellectual property lawyers from all over the world. We met as the steering committee for the Defense Research Institute (DRI) Intellectual Property Litigation Section. As each lawyer arrived, he or she brought some children’s books, which we will donate to a local charity, BookSpring. As our meeting proceeded, each of us decorated bookmarks […]

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Celebrating Team Member Thyra Reveron and Our Community Contributions

Congrats to Thyra Reveron for completing the AILA Paralegal Course! “This was a great course to continue to sharpen my skills. I now have a greater level of understanding of the immigration system as a whole to better serve our clients in today’s challenging immigration climate,” says Thyra about the accomplishment. “It was an interactive online course that took several weeks to complete. It included videos, materials, and tests covering substantive topics of each area […]

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Why the Huge Processing Delays?

Nationwide millions of employers and people applying for work visas and green cards are waiting longer than ever for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to process and approve applications and petitions. Five years ago, an average case took about five months to process. By fiscal year 2018, that same employer waited nearly 10 months. Today, that wait can be 10 months to a year. Many factors are slowing down cases, including new USCIS’ policies […]

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H-1B Cap Selection Is Complete. Now What?

USCIS announced that the cap of 85,000 new H-1B visas for FY2020 was met. They received a total of 201,011 H-1B cap petitions. There was an 11% increase from FY2019 in H-1B advanced degree (master’s and above) petitions selected in the FY2020 lottery; about 63% of those selected were advanced degree petitions. Unfortunately, as it has been for the last two years, being selected is just the first challenge. With the Request for Evidence (RFE) […]

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Scandalous Trademarks Update

On April 15, 2019, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Iancu v. Brunetti.   Erik Brunetti’s legal team successfully argued to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that the USPTO should approve registration of the mark “Fuct” for clothing items, in part because the scandalous clause of the Lanham Act preventing him from doing so was unconstitutional.  Section 2 (a) of the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. […]

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