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Yearly Archives from 2021

A Valuable Task: Trademark Clearance Searches

One of the first questions I ask a new trademark client is “Did you conduct a trademark clearance search?” Sometimes the client will say they searched on Google and found no one using the mark on the internet. Other clients will tell me they went onto the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) trademark database and searched for the word mark they want to use.   Unfortunately, these types of searches alone are not enough. […]

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National Interest Waiver Green Card Approval Success Story

We have been working with Matt and his amazing family for about five years. They came to us as a referral from Justin, another great client and athlete on a P-1 visa.  Since Matt and his family were looking for a path to a green card to continue to live, work, and contribute to the U.S., and since his company was making significant contributions to our infrastructure and ecosystem, we thought the National Interest Waiver […]

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What Do Employers Need to Know About the New Florida E-Verify Law?

Overview of E-Verify and Federal Requirements  E-Verify is a web-based system introduced in 1996 to compare employees’ Form I-9 data with records from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Social Security Administration (SSA), and the Department of State (DOS). E-Verify is used to confirm the employment eligibility of new hires.   Under federal law, all employers are required to complete a Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification for each new employee to verify the identity and […]

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What Exactly Does “Failure to Function as a Trademark” Mean?

“Failure to function as a trademark” is one of the reasons the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) may refuse to register an applicant’s proposed trademark. What does it mean? How can this happen?   Quite simply, not all words, designs, or symbols used by business owners in commerce to sell goods or services function as trademarks — regardless of the trademark applicant’s intent. A word, design, or symbol does not function as a trademark […]

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Foreign Nationals: Things You Should Know Before Travelling Abroad

Many foreign nationals travel abroad and renew their visas during this time of year. This process, however, is becoming more challenging, restrictive, and time-consuming with COVID still raging around the world. In January, the Biden Administration reinstated COVID-19 Travel Bans from Brazil, Ireland, the U.K., and the Schengen Area. Additionally, they added South Africa to that list. Travelers physically present in the affected countries will be banned from entering the U.S. until the ban is […]

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Jim Moran Institute For Global Entrepreneurship Small Business Executive Program in Jacksonvillle

Are you a small business owner who has been in business for more than three years? Do you need help with strategic planning, digital marketing, financial analysis, protection of intellectual property, human resource issues, or succession planning? If so, you may be eligible to participate in the Small Business Executive Program that is offered by the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship through the Florida State University College of Business.   Currently, the Institute is accepting […]

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