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Monthly Archives from May 2023

“Rick Roll” or Legitimate Lawsuit: Rick Astley Sues Rapper Yung Gravy Over Soundalike Song

Some may know British singer Rick Astley from his performance of 1987 hit song “Never Gonna Give You Up.” Or from the song’s internet phenomenon resurgence in 2007, rising to one billion views on YouTube by 2021. However, in  January of this year, Astley and the famed song became newsworthy once again when he sued rapper Matthew Huari, known as “Yung Gravy,” over a soundalike song – alleging that Gravy’s 2022 breakout hit “Betty (Get Money)” […]

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Attention Florida Employers: What You Need to Know about FL 1718!

There are key changes and requirements in immigration compliance in the State of Florida starting July 1st, 2023. This document summarizes key sections of the 43-page law for you. As of July 1st, 2023, when Florida Law 1718 takes effect, all private employers in Florida with 25 or more employees will be required to use E-Verify for all new hires. Private employers should: Assess their employee count (current and anticipated in the near future) Update […]

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Meet Josephine Chen, the Newest Patent Agent at Marks Gray!

I am excited to announce a new member of the Marks Gray team. Welcome to Josephine Chen, our newest patent agent. Although Josephine is a registered patent agent with the USPTO as of March of this year, she is not new to patent law. She was previously a patent agent in Taiwan with a medical and biotechnology focus. She often worked with physicians and universities to secure global patents for hospitals and medical centers. We […]

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Don’t Get Fooled By This Common Business Scam

When you register your business with the Florida Division of Corporations, it’s not a one-and-one deal. You’re agreeing to provide the state with annual reports. Think of these as a sort of “State of the Union” for your company –  less pomp and circumstance, but you do get to elucidate how your business has changed (or not changed) since the prior calendar year. Unfortunately, this annual round of paperwork opens the door to a common business […]

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DRI Super Conference: IP Litigation and the Good Life in New Orleans

New Orleans is a wonderful place to meet interesting people and experience some of the best life has to offer. On April 26- 28th,  I had the great fortune to serve as the Chair of the DRI Intellectual Property Litigation Seminar in New Orleans. This happened in conjunction with the DRI Business Litigation seminar, creating one big Super Conference at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. Many takeaways from the Super Conference came from our keynote […]

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Ed Sheeran’s Win Shows Building Blocks of Music Cannot be Copyrighted

Musical artists have always had to deal with questions of copyright. In recent years, however, many have felt a shiver up their spine from copyright issues that deal with the basic building blocks of music. That encompasses fundamentals like chord progressions, rhythmic profile, and “feel.”  The case that stirred things up was the estate of Marvin Gaye winning an infringement case against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams for “Blurred Lines.” It caused many artists to […]

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