In a move that was long overdue, the Washington Redskins football team announced this week that they will change their name. The first date of use claimed by Pro-Football, Inc. for the team name was over 80 years ago, on September 19, 1937. Now they have to start the process of creating and protecting a brand new trademark. There is much speculation about what the new trademark name and design will be. But most people […]Continue Reading
Questions and Answers from Marks Gray about the President’s June Expansion of the Immigration Suspension
President Trump’s June 22 proclamation makes additional foreign nationals ineligible to enter the United States and extends the suspension of entry until December 31, 2020 — a timeframe that could be extended. Since I received so many questions about this proclamation, I decided to answer them in a video. Watch the video on YouTube. To stay up-to-date on business immigration news, subscribe to our Immigration News Bites below. SubscribeContinue Reading
I Invented a Word. How Do I Trademark or Copyright It?
“I invented a new word. How do I trademark it?” This is a question I was asked by a potential client this week. My response was, “What is the product or service?” There was a long pause. A word is not a trademark — unless it is used to identify a product or service for a business in commerce and distinguishes the products/services from others. Historically, a tradesmen who crafted a knife, tools, or guns […]Continue Reading
The Trouble with International Students and Online Courses — What You Need to Know Now
Due to COVID-19, SEVP instituted a temporary exemption earlier this year. It allowed international students to take more online classes for the spring and summer semesters than normally permitted for the purposes of maintaining a full course of study, which enables them to keep their legal F-1 and M-1 nonimmigrant status. Under the proposed modifications, international students will not be able to obtain a visa to come here or remain in the US if their […]Continue Reading
Discover How to Complete Form I-9 Under the New Flexible Rules. USCIS Shows Us How.
In an unusual move, USCIS recently posted examples of annotated Forms I-9 as guidance for employers. They cover both remote employment authorization inspection and performing the required physical inspection once normal operations resume. All told, USCIS provided seven Form I-9 examples. These are meant to assist employers with documentation resulting from the temporary policy allowing employers to inspect Section 2 documents remotely using video, fax, email, or other. Currently, this flexibility is set to expire […]Continue Reading
Now That the Supreme Court Upheld DACA, Marks Gray Explains What It Means for Employers, Dreamers, and Their Loved Ones.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has protected and provided employment authorization for about 700,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children, known as “Dreamers.” DHS tried to terminate DACA — but the Supreme Court overruled them. Why Did the Supreme Court Side with the Dreamers? Justices found that DHS failed to comply with procedural requirements that demanded a reasonable explanation for terminating the program. In their decision, the Court found that […]Continue Reading