IP Partner Angelo Mazza to Speak at IQPC 20th Anti-Counterfeiting & Brand Protection Summit

IP Partner Angelo Mazza is speaking at the IQPC 20th Anti-Counterfeiting & Brand Protection Summit from January 29-31, 2018 in San Francisco. The event brings together brand leaders, customs officials, law enforcement and legal counsel to discuss best practices and strategies for fighting counterfeiters. Angelo serves on the group’s on the 2018 Advisory Board. His
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Brian Brokate and Angelo Mazza to Speak at PLI Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement 2018

IP Chair Brian Brokate will serve as Co-Chair of the Practising Law Institute’s Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement 2018 on January 25, 2018. This program will provide developments on recent copyright and trademark cases, and developments in anticounterfeiting. Brian will also speak on the panel “Anticounterfeiting Update.” Topics will include recent updates on direct liability case
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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: The New Provisions and How to Prepare Your Individual and Business Income Taxes

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law on December 22, 2017 by President Donald Trump. Changes to individual income taxes include lowered tax brackets, increased Alternative Minimum Tax thresholds and higher estate, gift and generation skipping tax exemptions. For businesses, changes include a reduced corporate tax rate and the repeal of the
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U.S. Senate Passes the Tax Overhaul Bill: U.S. Senate Passes the Tax Overhaul Bill: What’s Next and How to Plan for 2018

In the early hours of December 2nd, the U.S. US Senate passed the tax overhaul bill in a vote of 51-49 mostly along party lines. Tax Planning in December 2017 In planning for the final tax bill to become effective for 2018, there are many opportunities to delay recognition of income now that may be
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Immigration Alert: Supreme Court Permits Travel Ban Enforcement While Legal Challenges Continue

On December 4, 2017, the Supreme Court granted the Administration’s request to stay preliminary injunctions which had temporarily blocked the Administration’s travel ban from taking effect. With this decision, the Supreme Court allowed the travel ban to go into effect while legal challenges against it continue. The Supreme Court urged the lower appeals courts to render decisions quickly on
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Tax Alert: The New Tax Proposals: How Do They Compare?

The Senate issued its version of the tax proposal on Thursday, the same day that the House Ways and Means committee approved their version. How Are They Similar? The Senate and House proposals share many similarities. Both plans reduce the corporate income tax rate, eliminate most itemized deductions, eliminate personal exemptions and increase the child
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Immigration Alert: Plan Ahead for Holiday Travel

The holiday season can be a hectic time for international travel. Airports, Consulates and ports of entry are exceptionally busy due to the large number of travelers, visa applicants, increased security measures, and enhanced vetting procedures implemented pursuant to executive orders. We encourage corporate human resource personnel, business travelers, and foreign national employees to take proactive
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Immigration Alert: Increased H-1B Onsite Visits 

On October 20, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Inspector General released a report outlining recommendations to improve the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) Administrative Site Visit and Verification Program and targeted site visits for H-1B non-immigrant workers. What Employers and Foreign Nationals Can Expect  The USCIS’s Fraud Detection and
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Immigration Alert: FY2019 Diversity Visa Lottery

What is the Diversity Visa Lottery? The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, which is administered by the U.S. Department of State, permits up to 50,000 diversity immigrant visas to be granted for fiscal year 2019 to persons from countries with low immigration rates to the United States. Foreign nationals are selected for eligibility to file an
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New York City Employers Should Prepare for Salary History Ban Taking Effect on October 31

New York City’s new ban on inquiries concerning salary history will take effect on October 31, 2017.  According to the law signed by Mayor de Blasio this spring, it will be considered an unlawful discriminatory practice for any employer to inquire about the salary history of a job applicant or to use the applicant’s prior
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