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Significant Change to US Department of State Visa Bulletin

New class of cut-off dates to be created. According to multiple reliable sources, the US Department of State (State Department) is in the process of reengineering its system for determining immigrant visa availability...more

Attention Exporters: C-TPAT Web Portal Updated Adding Exporter Application

The Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) certification program is a voluntary government program through which importers and exporters can agree to implement and maintain a set of predetermined supply chain...more

At the edge of a new frontier: USCIS begins transition to Electronic Immigration System

In July 2015, the White House announced a series of technology initiatives aimed at modernizing the application process for certain immigration benefits. As part of this effort, the United States Citizenship and Immigration...more

Social Media Week Part V – Tools and Apps for the Compliance Practitioner

To conclude this week’s posts, I wanted to list some of the more prevalent social media tools, explain what they are and how you might use them in a compliance program. (As usual I got carried away so this series will...more

Social Media Week Part IV – Telling a Story About Honey

I continue my exploration of the use of social media in doing compliance by taking a look at a very innovative social media solution to a difficult compliance issue around, of all things, honey. This example shows how...more

More Than $200 Million Available to Support California Businesses

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development will award more than $200 million in California Competes Tax Credits within the next year. The tax credits are for businesses that want to move to California, or...more

MSSP Final Rule ACO Eligibility Requirements, Application and Renewal Process

This is the second post in Health Care Law Today’s series on the final rule. This post addresses Eligibility Requirements, and the Application and the Renewal Process. ACO Eligibility Requirements - Under the...more

3 things you must get right when you first register your brand

Applying to register a trademark is a simple process. You fill out a form at uspto.gov, enter your credit card information and click submit. It seems so easy that you may wonder why LegalZoom should even charge a fee for...more

Summary of Recent Precedential Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Decisions

In the past two months, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board has issued three opinions citable as Board precedent. The following is a brief summary of each opinion and its precedential impact....more

E-rate Funding Year 2015 Filing Window Extended until April 16, 2015

Late last week, USAC announced an extension of the application deadline for Funding Year 2015 (July 1, 2015-June 30, 2015). FCC Form 471 applications must be submitted on or before 11:59:59 pm EDT on Thursday, April 16, 2015....more

Accountable Care Organization Update

In This Issue: - Summary of Next Generation ACO Model - Summary of Additional Guidance on ACO Pre-Participation & Participation Waivers - For More Information - Excerpt from Summary of Next...more

Higher Ed Legal Update, March 2015

Colleges and universities across America have recognized that unmanned aerial vehicles (UASs) – also known as drones -- have broad academic applications. Indeed, the Federal Aviation Administration reports that of the 900...more

DPR Issues California Notice 2015-3 Regarding Concurrent Application Submissions to DPR and EPA

On February 27, 2015, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) released California Notice 2015-3, entitled Concurrent Submission of Pesticide Products to the Department of Pesticide Regulation and the U.S....more

Biological v. Biosimilar: “860? is the Magic Burden Per Response Number for Now

On February 3, 2015, FDA published a notice in the Federal Register requesting comments on information collection in an application for a proposed biosimilar and a supplement for a proposed interchangeable product....more

IRS Updates Determination Letter Procedures Regarding Incomplete Applications

The IRS recently issued new guidance on how it will process determination letters starting February 1, 2015. Specifically, once the IRS receives a determination letter application, it will review that application to determine...more

Overclaiming in Trademark Applications: “Full Line of …”

In Ferring B.V. v. Fera Pharmaceuticals, LLC, the Eastern District of New York was called upon to determine the importance of the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure (“TMEP”)...more

Your Most Important Employment Documents

Employment litigation can be expensive and time consuming. Success or failure in defending your company can turn on either the law or the facts. You can’t do too much to change the law that applies to any given case. But...more

NJ Supreme Court to Rule on SOL Waiver

Last week, the New Jersey Supreme Court agreed to address whether to uphold a provision in a job application that limited the time in which an employee could sue the company to no more than 6 months after an alleged adverse...more

Health Care: DSRIP Still a Moving Target as Application Deadline Nears - An Update on Key Developments (12/14)

As the date to submit final applications to participate in the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program (DSRIP) approaches, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) continues to roll out new information, revised...more

IP|Trend: Inter Partes Review: What to Consider When Filing Your Petition [Video]

Inter partes review (IPR) process is now over two years old. What did we learn from the process and procedures, and what has and hasn’t worked? Attorneys Seth Northrop and Cyrus Morton discuss the issues that parties should...more

Beware of IP Scams-Invention Development

Information about patent and trademark applications, processes and maintenance requirements is much more accessible to the public than it used to be. In particular, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has...more

DOE Offers All-In-One Application Tool For Small Businesses

DOE has developed a small business "All-in-one Application Tool" for small businesses looking for funds to advance clean energy technologies. The online tool provides a guide for potential applicants for the topics under the...more

Electronically Signing USPTO Papers: There’s a Rule for That

Ten years ago, on September 21, 2004, the USPTO implemented the portion of the 21st Century Strategic Plan permitting the use of electronic or mechanical signatures, called “S-signatures,” on papers filed at the USPTO. Now a...more

Gibson Guitar Facing 15 Trademark Opposers

A brand owner’s non-traditional trademark application will sometimes gain the critical attention of multiple direct competitors. Gibson Guitar’s unlucky number is apparently fifteen....more

A Black Hole in the Distinctiveness Continuum for U.S. Trademark Applications

Marks that border the line that divides descriptive from generic often topple into a virtual “black hole” on the distinctiveness continuum. The owner of such a mark may be required to meet an indefinite threshold of proof to...more

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