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Offer Presentations for Your Business? Protect Your Original Materials

Are you providing workshops, seminars, and training sessions as part of your business? Do you use your own original manuals, books, videos and presentation materials? If you are using your own original materials, you should protect them from potential infringers – unscrupulous people who take your materials, copy them and redistribute them in their name. Sadly, there are infringers everywhere making money off the hard work of others. Some of the steps you can take […]

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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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