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Monthly Archives from September 2021

Termination Rights: Are Original Marvel Illustrators and Writers Entitled to a Piece of Disney’s Profits?

Currently, Disney faces multiple termination of copyright notices filed on behalf of five comic writers and artists of the original Marvel Comics.  The artists (or their heirs) claim that they played pivotal development roles in creating characters like Spider-Man and Iron Man. Even though Disney owns Marvel, these writers and artists want to take back the copyrights for their characters. Bottom line, this means once the creators own the copyright they could receive a percentage […]

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Janice Richardson arrival announcement in the Jacksonville Daily Record

Check out this past Monday’s Jacksonville Daily Record announcing Janice Richardson’s start with Marks Gray! Farah & Farah, Marks Gray and Boyd & Jenerette add attorneys | Jax Daily Record | Jacksonville Daily Record – Jacksonville, Florida

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What Proactive Steps Can Employers Take to Lessen the Likelihood of Form I-9 Investigation or Fines?

This is the tenth and final post in a series promoting the publication of my new book: I-9 Employment Verification eGuide: A Practical and Time-Saving Resource for HR Professionals. This free guide helps HR professionals navigate the many routes of the I-9 verification process. This series of posts covers the first chapter of the book, “Top 10 Questions from Employers About I-9s.” So far, I have posted on: 6 of the Top I-9 Mistakes That […]

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Edward Birk elected to the Florida First Amendment Foundation’s Board of Trustees!

Congratulations to First Amendment attorney Edward Birk for being named to the Florida First Amendment Foundation’s Board of Trustees! The First Amendment Foundation believes that government openness and transparency are critical to citizen trust and involvement in our democratic society. Through ongoing monitoring of the state’s public records and open meetings laws, and the education of government officials and the citizens they serve about those laws, the Foundation promotes the public’s constitutional right to oversee and to […]

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Crystal Broughan appointed to Anticounterfeiting Committee!

Congratulations to Marks Gray Intellectual Property attorney Crystal T. Broughan for being appointed to the Anticounterfeiting Committee of the International Trademark Association (INTA) for the 2022-2023 year! The committee will monitor developments in treaties, legislation, regulations and other enforcement mechanisms in various jurisdictions, complete analyses and propose policy recommendations to the Board. Please join us in congratulating Crystal!

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One Trademark Scammer Caught! Many More To Go

Trademark scammers abound in the marketplace. Their aim: to defraud legitimate trademark owners who have taken the time to register their trademarks with the USPTO.  I have warned clients and potential clients for years about these scams. Recently, one scammer was actually caught and prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the U.S. District Court for South Carolina. What the Scam Was and What Happened After the Scammer Was Caught Viktors Suhorukovs defrauded approximately 2,900 […]

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