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Supreme Court Ups the Ante for TTAB Cases – TTAB Cases No Longer “Litigation-Lite”

March 26, 2015

In a decision released March 24, 2015, the Supreme Court held that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s (TTAB) determination of likelihood of confusion in an opposition proceeding can bind federal courts in trademark infringement litigation.

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Eight Keys for Developing a Data Breach Response Plan

March 10, 2015

It’s an unfortunate fact of modern life—hacks happen. And they will continue to happen. 

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“Chicago Mix:” Generic or Trademark?

March 3, 2015

The heat is rising in a battle that pits small popcorn manufacturer Candyland, Inc. against industry giants Cornfields and Snyder’s-Lance. 

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The United States and China Reach Agreement to Extend Visas for Short-Term Business Travelers, Tourists, Students, and Exchange Visitors

February 27, 2015

During his recent visit, President Obama announced that the U.S. and China have reached an agreement to extend the visa validity of visitor visas.

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Handling Procedures Related to Entry of Foreigners for Short-term Work Tasks in China

February 27, 2015

On January 1, 2015, Handling Procedures Related to Entry of Foreigners for Short-term Work Tasks (for Trial Implementation) took effect. 

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State Dept.’s NVC Is Now Handling All Domestic Visa Inquiries

February 25, 2015

The National Visa Center (NVC) has begun handling all domestic email and telephone inquiries from the public on nonimmigrant and immigrant visa cases.

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USCIS Revises Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker

February 25, 2015

Starting on May 1, 2015, USCIS will accept only the October 23, 2014, edition of the I-129.

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State Dept. Anticipates Visa Number Movement in Some Employment-Based Categories

February 25, 2015

Forward movement is possible in some employment-based categories in the coming months.

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DHS Considers ‘Known Employer’ Program To Aid Business Travel

February 25, 2015

DHS expects to launch a pilot by late 2015 to test the program.

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DOL Announces 2015 H-2A Adverse Effect Wage Rates

February 25, 2015

The 2015 AEWRs, broken down by state, range from a low of $10 (Alabama) to a high of $13.59 (Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota).

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