What’s in a Name?
TRADEMARK LAW EVERY COMPANY SHOULD KNOW
Without question, marks used by a business to identify either its services (service marks) or its goods (trademarks) can be among its most valuable assets. Ironically, like goodwill, value is seldom listed on the balance sheet of a business in connection with its marks. Nevertheless, the service marks and trademarks of a business are very much an integral part of its going concern value. One need only reflect upon the fact that a bottle of designer water with a prestigious brand name sells for substantially more than a generic container of water, even if they came from the same faucet, to realize the value of a trademark. Also, consider the fact that independent retailers are willing to give up six to eight percent of their gross revenues for the privilege of brand name identity that franchisers offer.
Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals / Acción Diferida Para Inmigrantes Jóvenes
On August 15, 2012, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting requests for consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals. Deferred action prevents a person from being deported and allows a person to obtain employment authorization if they can establish an economic necessity for employment. One should apply for employment authorization after deferred action is granted. In many states, including Georgia and Tennessee, having an Employment Authorization Card (I-766) can lead to the ability to obtain a driver’s license. Georgia requires an unexpired passport in addition to the Employment Authorization Card in order to get a license. Deferred action lasts for two years and can be renewed for additional two year periods for as long as the law is in effect. Currently, deferred action does NOT provide a path to permanent residence or citizenship.
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The USCIS has recently made a change to the way it issues work permits to those who have applied for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). For the first few months of the program (which has only been in place since August of 2012), the USCIS would issue work permits to DACA applicants within 90 days of the receipt of their application, and would take about 180 days to complete a review of the application and grant deferred action. … Read More >>
What is a trademark? What is a service mark? What’s the difference between the two?
Trademarks and service marks are the same in that they both are used by a person or company to distinguish what they have to offer from what other people or companies have to offer. The difference is in how or where the mark appears and what is being offered. … Read More >>
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