Intellectual Property Blog

Yearly Archives from 2020

Do Not Ignore Cease and Desist Letters

Imagine this scenario: You receive a cease and desist letter from a law firm. It says you are committing trademark infringement and/or copyright infringement. What do you do? Let’s take this step by step: 1. Do. Not. Ignore. It. The circular file is not the appropriate place for the letter. If you ignore it, the attorney who sent the letter will eventually file a lawsuit in federal court against you for trademark infringement and/or copyright […]

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Take a Peek at What a National Interest Exemption (NIE) Visa Looks Like

Curious what a National Interest Exemption (NIE) Visa looks like?  These are so unique that a CBP officer at JFK told our client during his admission last week – “I had not seen one of these yet!” Check it out.  

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eBay’s Bid to Crack Down on Counterfeits Could Impact IP Protection

There are a lot of counterfeit products on digital marketplaces like Amazon and eBay. The most common category of “knockoff” products? Apparel. The second most common category? Footwear. Amazon does not require third-party sellers to verify the authenticity of sneakers. Largely because of the failure to verify authenticity, both Birkenstock (in 2016) and Nike (in 2019) have stopped offering their products on the marketplace giant. Perhaps looking to avoid a similar fate, eBay recently announced […]

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Video Immigration Tips: An Overview of the Adjustment of Status Process

  See More Videos and Resources: What You Should Know about the October 2020 Visa Bulletin  30-Minute Adjustment of Status Webinar FAQ PDF: What you should know about the Visa Bulletin

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Premium Processing Fee Hike and Service Expands to Other Visa Categories — Who Could Benefit from the Change?

USCIS’s premium processing fee increase is the result of a stopgap spending measure recently signed into law to address the organization’s budget shortfall. The law will increase USCIS revenue by allowing a hike in premium processing fees and an expansion of the premium processing service to other employment-based petitions and applications.  The fee increase is currently in effect for petitions that are already eligible for premium processing services through the Form I-907, Request for Premium […]

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$208,000 — That’s the Default Annual Wage on DOL’s October New Rule on Prevailing Wages and Hike in H-1B Wages

DOL’s interim final rule, currently in effect, includes a significant hike to all prevailing wages and a default prevailing wage determination of $208,000/yr for multiple occupations.  Several business groups, universities, and technology firms quickly filed suits to stop this arbitrary and wild rule.  After DOL released a new interim final rule dramatically increasing DOL’s prevailing wages used for H-1B, H-1B1 and E-3 visas and PERM Labor Certifications to numerous occupations, many organizations filed lawsuits challenging […]

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