Brian Brokate to Speak on Trade Dress Protection at PLI’s Intellectual Property Law Institute 2017

Brian Brokate will speak at PLI’s Intellectual Property Law Institute 2017 on October 2, 2017. His session is titled “Latest Developments in the Protection of Trade Dress.” Topics include understanding trade dress enforcement, recent trade dress cases and legal developments, and best practices for protection.  Brian and Gibney associate Maja Szumarska co-authored a chapter in
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Immigration Alert: Trump Administration Endorses RAISE Act Immigration Reform Bill

On August 2, 2017, President Trump announced his support of the proposed American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act. Proposed changes under the immigration reform bill include: Establish a skills-based immigration system. If approved by Congress, the plan would institute a merit-based system to determine who is admitted to the U.S. and granted legal
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Immigration Alert: USCIS Resumes H-1B Premium Processing for Certain Cap-Exempt Petitions

On July 24, 2017, USCIS resumed premium processing for certain cap-exempt H-1B petitions.  Specifically, premium processing resumed for cases in which the H-1B petitioner is an institution of higher education; a nonprofit related to or affiliated with an institution of higher education; or a nonprofit research or governmental research organization.  Premium processing also resumed for
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Immigration Alert: New Version of Form I-9 Released

Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a new version of Form I-9 that will become mandatory beginning Monday, September 18, 2017. Until Sunday, September 17, 2017, employers may choose to continue to use the prior edition of Form I-9. With this new version, no changes have been made to the Form I-9 itself.
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Immigration Alert: Department of Homeland Security Delays International Entrepreneur Rule

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will delay implementation of the International Entrepreneur Rule until March 2018 while it considers whether to rescind it. The rule was set to go into effect on July 17. The proposed rule would allow qualifying international entrepreneurs to seek temporary permission to stay in the U.S.
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Immigration Alert: Executive Order on Immigration to Take Effect on June 29

Following the Supreme Court’s recent ruling, the Department of State has issued guidelines for the implementation of a 90-day suspension of entry to the U.S. for certain foreign nationals who are citizens or nationals of: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, who lack a “bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the U.S.” The
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Immigration Alert: Supreme Court Reinstates Portions of Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration

In an unsigned opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to allow a limited provision of President Trump’s Executive Order on immigration (the “Order”) to take effect. The Court decided to allow the suspension of entry for foreign nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen who lack any “bona fide relationship with any
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Gibney IP Practice Recognized in Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars 2017 Rankings

 Gibney Anthony and Flaherty LLP was recognized in Managing Intellectual Property’s 2017 IP Stars. The Intellectual Property Practice was recognized as a top practice in the “Trademark Contentious” area. IP Practice Chair Brian Brokate was also recognized as a leading IP practitioner. IP stars recognizes leading firms with strong national reputations and brands in the
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Immigration Alert: Trump Administration to Implement Enhanced Screening Protocols

The Trump Administration has confirmed that it will move forward with new enhanced screening protocols, including the completion of additional forms, as part of the application process for certain U.S. visa applicants. According to the State Department, officials will request additional information when they determine that such information is required to confirm identity or conduct
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Gibney Hosts Presentation on Trump Administration and U.S. Immigration

The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce and Gibney, Anthony & Flaherty  are hosting a discussion on employment-based visa options, the Trump Administration’s latest immigration proposals and its impact on U.S. immigration. Topics will include: Common employment-based visa options and practical consideration Alternatives to the H-1B Visa Trump Administration regulations, rule-making and legislation Impact on recruiting foreign
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