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Yearly Archives from 2019

The Relationship between Your Business’s Trademarks and Your Website’s Domain Name

We live in a digital age. Your website helps you connect with customers and distribute products in ways that we could have never imagined just a few decades ago. Because of this, protecting your website is just as important as protecting your business’s name.  But how exactly does your website play into intellectual property laws?  Your trademarks and domain name (the address that customers use to reach your website) are two separate entities. However, you […]

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Copyright Fair Use: Distinction between Parody and Satire

Written by Guest Author, Marks Gray Associate Logan McEwen     In the United States, a copyright-protected work can be utilized without authorization of the copyright owner if it is a “fair use” of the copyright-protected work.  Fair uses of copyright-protected works generally fall into two categories: (i) commentary and criticism, or (ii) parody. The fair use exceptions balance between promoting the creation of art through copyright protection and not inhibiting freedom of speech.  Parody Parodies […]

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Upcoming Extension of the Form I-9

USCIS has proposed an extension of the Form I-9, which will otherwise expire on August 31, 2019. The public comment period ended on July 5. And the extension is expected to go ahead as planned. Read USCIS’s Announcement.

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Supreme Court Rules Brunetti Has Right to Register Scandalous Trademark

We have been following the story of the trademark application for FUCT that was originally filed with the USPTO in May 2011, in Class 25 for clothing, all the way to the US Supreme Court.  Erik Brunetti, the owner of the trademark FUCT, challenged the constitutionality of the scandalous clause in the Lanham Act which was used by the USPTO to deny the registration of his trademark.  On June 24, the Supreme Court finally made […]

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Happy 4th of July from the Marks Gray Immigration Team!

Red, White, and You! Learning about your options empowers you to achieve your goals.   That’s why we’ve made it our mission to provide you with practical and timely immigration information.    Thank you for your readership and partnership… and Happy 4th of July! – Your Marks Gray Immigration Team

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Foreign Trademark Applicants and Registrants Now Required to Have US-Licensed Attorneys

On July 2, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced a new rule for applicants, registrants, and parties who live outside the country. They must be represented by a US-licensed attorney for filing applications and all activity with the USPTO and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) proceedings starting August 3, 2019.  This rule was created in an effort to reduce inaccurate and fraudulent trademark filings by foreign parties. In a USPTO press […]

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