Immigration Alert: Time To Begin Preparation of H-1B CAP FY 2015 Petitions

On April 1, 2014, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to cap limits for the fiscal year (FY) 2015.  Although April may seem far off, several factors including increasing demands for H-1B workers, an anticipated high volume of Labor Condition Application (LCA) filings, and the possibility of another
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Angelo Mazza to Moderate a Panel at the 2013 IPR Center Symposium

On Thursday, December 12, 2013, IP Partner Angelo Mazza will moderate a panel at the 2013 IPR Center Symposium. The panel, “Protecting Your IP Portfolio – Tactical Strategies” is scheduled for 1:00 pm and will examine strategies to protect intellectual property rights. The panel features in-house Anti-Counterfeiting professionals from The Timken Company, Levi Strauss &
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Intellectual Property Partner Conducts Training Session for Chinese Delegation

On Tuesday, November 19, 2013, Gibney Partner, Angelo Mazza, conducted a training session at the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department for a delegation from the Zhejiang province of China arranged by the U.S.-China Business Training Center, a training venue run by the Chinese State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs. Trainees include government officials, business executives and
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Intellectual Property Alert: Obama Administration Sued for Trademark Infringement

On October 7, 2014, My Retirement Account Services, LLC sued the United States Treasury Department for trademark infringement. My Retirement Account Services, LLC, located in Murray, KY, is the owner of the federally registered trademark GETMYRA.COM, for individual retirement account services. The plaintiff claims to have used the common law mark MYRA to identify and
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Immigration Alert: December 2013 Visa Bulletin Released

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has published the December 2013 Visa Bulletin. As DOS had recently advised, the EB-2 category for India has retrogressed significantly from June 15, 2008 last month to November 15, 2004. Priority cut-off dates for the most common employment-based categories are provided below. Foreign nationals having a priority date before the established
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U.S. Immigration: Expected Retrogression of Priority Dates on Visa Bulletin

The Department of State Visa Office recently announced its predictions regarding the future movement of priority dates. Priority dates determine the order of immigrant visa availability and essentially establish an individual’s place in line to apply for U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident status (also known as an immigrant visa or “green card”). As of December 2013,
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Gibney Partner Co-Chairs Inernational Trademark Association Mid-Year Meeting

Gibney Intellectual Property Practice Head, Brian Brokate, will serve as co-chair of the International Trademark Association’s (INTA) Mid-Year Meeting from November 12, 2013 to November 16, 2013. The meeting brings together brand owners, law enforcement officials and attorneys to discuss the latest updates and trends in intellectual property rights protection and enforcement. Gibney Partners, Angelo
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Immigration Alert: USCIS Reports Telephone Scams

In the past few months, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the American Immigration Lawyers Association have learned of a new telephone scam targeting USCIS applicants and petitioners. As reported by USCIS, scammers are using a technique called “Caller ID spoofing” to display a misleading or inaccurate phone number in a recipient’s Caller ID.
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Gibney Partner Delivers Keynote at Intellectual Property Conference in Florence, Italy

Gibney IP Partner, Angelo Mazza, spoke at a conference called Hold it Real on Friday, October 25, 2013. Mr. Mazza delivered the Keynote address in Italian and highlighted Developments in Intellectual Property Protection. The conference was sponsored by the U.S. Consulate in Florence , the Region of Tuscany and the Amerigo Association. The conference, with
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Gibney Alert: Governor Cuomo Launches Start-Up New York Initiative

On October 22, 2013 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo officially launched the Start-Up New York initiative at an internationally attended conference in New York City. Governor Cuomo is an advocate of investment opportunities yielding new jobs in New York’s Capital Region, including the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. The Start-Up New York initiative hopes to further attract
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