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  • benefits of federal trademark regis…

    Trademark Law - benefits of federal trademark registration   Trademarks have been conventionally used in commercial transactions for a long time. Legal rights and disputes related to trademarks have become very complex as the industry structure advances and diversifies. The federal trademark system has been developed to reflect these situations, and provide following effects.   The effects of registration of a federal trademark incl...  (2012-11-15 03:52:26)

  • Patent Law - benefits of Provisiona…

    Patent Law - Provisional Application, an effective measure to secure right for patent application under transition to first-to-file system.   As US patent law adopts first-to-file principle, provisional applications are expected to be used more frequently. A provisional application does not substitute a non-provisional application, and a non-provisional application must be filed within a specified period (1 year) from the filing date of a ...  (2012-11-15 03:49:17)

  • Patent prosecution highway between …

    As of May 25, 2010, the USPTO has eliminated the fee for the petition to make special under the Patent Prosecution Highway program.  Under the PPH program, an applicant receiving a ruling from either the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) or the USPTO that at least one claim in an application is patentable may request that the other office fast track the examination of corresponding claims in corresponding applications. The Pate...  (2012-11-15 00:53:52)

  • Leahy-Smith America Invents Act

    On September 16, 2011, President Obama signed into law the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act that updates the US patent system to encourage innovation, job creation and economic growth. The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act is one of the most significant job creation bills enacted by Congress. The Act implements a first-inventor-to-file standard for patent approval, creates a post-grant review system to weed out bad patents, and helps the Patent and ...  (2012-11-15 00:53:14)

  • Intellectual Property and the U.S. …

    Intellectual property (IP) protection affects commerce throughout the economy by: providing incentives to invent and create; protecting innovators from unauthorized copying; facilitating vertical specialization in technology markets; creating a platform for financial investments in innovation; supporting startup liquidity and growth through mergers, acquisitions, and IPOs; making licensing-based technology business models possible; and, enabling ...  (2012-11-15 00:52:12)



 
  Business Law
  • Patent prosecution highway between …

    As of May 25, 2010, the USPTO has eliminated the fee for the petition to make special under the Patent Prosecution Highway program.  Under the PPH program, an applicant receiving a ruling from either the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) or the USPTO that at least one claim in an application is patentable may request that the other office fast track the examination of corresponding claims in corresponding applications. The Patent Pr...  (2012-10-08 11:21:38)

  • Leahy-Smith America Invents Act

    On September 16, 2011, President Obama signed into law the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act that updates the US patent system to encourage innovation, job creation and economic growth. The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act is one of the most significant job creation bills enacted by Congress. The Act implements a first-inventor-to-file standard for patent approval, creates a post-grant review system to weed out bad patents, and helps the Patent and ...  (2012-10-08 11:21:14)

  • Intellectual Property and the U.S. …

    Intellectual property (IP) protection affects commerce throughout the economy by: providing incentives to invent and create; protecting innovators from unauthorized copying; facilitating vertical specialization in technology markets; creating a platform for financial investments in innovation; supporting startup liquidity and growth through mergers, acquisitions, and IPOs; making licensing-based technology business models possible; and, enabling ...  (2012-10-08 11:20:42)

  • Replacement of TARR and TDR with TS

    In August, 2012, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) "Old" TARR and TDR with version 2.0 of Trademark Status and Document Retrieval (TSDR). The new features in TSDR 2.0 include: -          A new “Assignment Abstract of Title Information” section that allows users to both review trademark assignment details and filter assignment data by conveyance type. -    &...  (2012-10-08 11:20:22)

  • Updated PTO Fee Schedule

    The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) revised its fee schedule on September 16, 2011 following the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act which was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011.  The enactment of the legislation places a 15 percent surcharge on certain patent fees effective September 26, 2011. Since then, the new PTO fee schedule was updated again and the revised fee schedule, which is effective O...  (2012-10-08 11:20:02)



 
  Immigration Column
  • Apply for U.S. Citizenship

    U.S. citizenship provides many rights, but also involves many responsibilities. Thus, the decision to become a U.S. citizen through naturalization is important. In most cases, a person who wants to naturalize must first be a permanent resident. By becoming a U.S. citizen, you gain many rights that permanent residents or others do not have, including the right to vote. To be eligible for naturalization, you must first meet certain requirements set...  (2012-10-08 11:23:36)

  • Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Ve…

    U.S. employers are required by law to verify the employment authorization of all workers they hire on or after November 6, 1986, for employment in the United States, regardless of the workers’ immigration status. Employers who hire or continue to employ individuals knowing that they are not authorized to be employed in the United States, or who fail to comply with employment authorization verification requirements, may face civil and, in some c...  (2012-10-08 11:23:21)

  • Immigrate Fiancé(e) to Become a U.…

    A U.S. citizen who wishes to marry a non-U.S. citizen or permanent resident can help their fiancé(e) obtain permanent residence in different ways. One way is to apply for a fiancé(e) visa if your fiancé(e) is overseas and you want to marry in the United States. This visa lets your fiancé(e) enter the United States for 90 days so that your marriage ceremony can take place in the United States. Once you marry, your spouse can apply for permane...  (2012-10-08 11:23:05)

  • Immigrate an Adopted or Prospective…

    There are three different ways to immigrate an adoptive child from overseas to become a lawful permanent resident or to become a U.S. citizen. The first way is through the Hague Adoption Convention program. The Hague Adoption Convention became effective for the United States on April 1, 2008, and created a new process for immigrating adoptive children who reside in countries that are also party to the Hague Adoption Convention. A Hague Conventio...  (2012-10-08 11:22:44)

  • Sponsor an Employee for U.S. Perman…

    As an employer (or prospective employer), if you want to sponsor a foreign national to become a permanent resident based on a permanent job offer, you and the foreign national need to go through a multi-step process. In most cases, the process begins when the employer obtains an approved Labor Certification Application (LCA) from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). After the LCA has been approved by the DOL, the employer continues the process by...  (2012-10-08 11:22:25)

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