Intellectual Property Blog

Checklist: What to Do When You Receive a Cease-and-Desist Letter

You just received a cease-and-desist letter from a law firm in New York accusing you of trademark and copyright infringement. Your anxiety spikes. What do you do?  Consult this checklist of nine steps you should take to protect your business and personal assets: In spite of any inconvenience or how you may feel, do not ignore the cease-and-desist letter.   Do not throw the cease-and-desist letter away. Read the letter thoroughly. Make sure you understand what […]

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13 Marks Gray Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers!

Marks Gray is pleased to announce that 13 of our attorneys have been recognized by Best Lawyers in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in all three categories: Best Lawyers, Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, and Lawyer of the Year.  Lawyer of the Year recipients:  Edward L. Birk: Insurance Law  Susan S. Erdelyi: Civil Rights Law  Mary Bland Love: Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants  Best Lawyers recipients:  Jeptha F. Barbour: Insurance Law, Litigation […]

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Form I-9: How, When and By Whom Does It Need to Be Completed

This is my third in a series of posts promoting the publication of my new book: I-9 Verification Employment eGuide for HR professionals. This free guide covers everything that busy HR pros need to know to walk them through the I-9 verification process without running afoul of common problems. These blog posts cover the first chapter of the book, “Top 10 Questions from Employers About I-9s.” In the first post, I examined the top mistakes […]

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TikTok, Dance Creators, and Copyright Complications

Even if you do not have an account on TikTok, you have likely heard of the social media platform. After all, it became the most-downloaded app in 2020 after then-President Trump attempted to ban it. Users love the platform because of how easy it is for people to share short videos. One of the most popular genres of videos that people post is dance. In fact, quite a few users create their own dances and […]

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Can an Employee Start Working Without a Social Security Number?

  It might take a while for foreign nationals arriving in the United States to work to obtain their Social Security number (SSN) for various reasons. As of this writing, it can take Social Security offices a few weeks to issue a SSN and card. What should you do if you need to onboard a worker without a SSN? Note that yes you can onboard the person without a SSN.  Below are tips to assist […]

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An Employee’s Green Card Is Expiring — Do You Need to Reverify It?

Welcome to the second in a series of posts celebrating the publication of my new book: I-9 Verification Employment eGuide for HR professionals. This free, comprehensive book is chock-full of detailed information designed to walk you through the process and make sure you avoid (literally!) costly mistakes. In this series of blog posts, I am sharing helpful information from the first chapter, titled “Top 10 Questions from Employers About I-9s.” The first post answered the […]

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