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KARDASHIAN TRADEMARK DISPUTE HEADED TO THE US SUPREME COURT?

The Kardashians are involved in a trademark dispute that may be decided by the US Supreme Court.  Kroma Makeup EU, LLC (“Kroma EU”) sued the Kardashians in 2014 over the Kardashians beauty products line, “Khroma Beauty”.  Kroma EU was granted a license in October 2012 to import, sell and distribute “Kroma” branded beauty products in […]

FedBizOpps is Undergoing a Transition

The Federal Business Opportunities website (FBO.gov), along with all the other government wide acquisition systems managed by the Integrated Award Environment, is being modernized and consolidated under the “beta.SAM.gov” system. This consolidation will provide not only better security, data quality and convenience for users, but will also reduce barriers for doing business with the government, […]

Foreign-owned companies must have U.S. employer identification number

Can someone who is not an American citizen, or a resident of the U.S., form a corporation or LLC in Florida or any other state? The answer is yes. There is no requirement that the owners of an entity registered in the U.S. are American citizens or residents of this country.  However, all U.S. registered […]

USPTO Proposes New Fee Adjustments

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has released a Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would increase many USPTO Fees. The stated purpose of the fee increases is to recover the costs incurred by the USPTO in carrying out its mandate. The USPTO performed a Regulatory Impact Analysis that “did not identify any […]

Companies Must be Cybersecurity Compliant – Department of Defense (DoD) Proposes New Certification Process

At the recent National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Procurement Division Meeting, Ms. Katie Arrington, the Special Assistant for Cybersecurity to the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition & Sustainment, updated attendees on DoD’s new approach to addressing cybersecurity vulnerabilities.  She stated the DoD will no longer compromise cybersecurity over performance, cost or scheduling in government contracts.  […]

How to Avoid Shareholder Disputes

In a perfect world, businesses would run seamlessly, shareholders would always agree on decisions, and there would never be legal actions based on claims between and among those who hold shares in the same enterprise. Alas, we do not live in a perfect world, and shareholder disputes are unfortunately a reality in many companies, large […]

What to know if the government contacts you about buying your property

Recently, the Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization announced the road construction priorities in Brevard County. These upcoming projects include widening Ellis Road in West Melbourne, widening State Road 528 (the Beachline) from Industry Road to Port Canaveral, widening Clearlkae Road in Cocoa from Michigan Avenue to Industry Road, improving the intersection of 192 and Hollywood/Evans […]

USPTO issues new rule requiring foreign-domiciled trademark applicants and registrants to have a U.S.-licensed attorney

The new rule applies to any foreign-domiciled trademark applicants, registrants and parties whose permanent legal residence or principal place of business is outside of the United States. These parties will be required to have a U.S.-licensed attorney represent them before the USPTO in trademark matters.  The new rule will be effective August 3, 2019. “Businesses […]

Most Common Causes of Shareholder Disputes

No relationship is perfect — and that includes business relationships. Disagreements are inevitable even in situations that seem the most amicable, such as family-held companies. Disputes may involve absolutely anything concerning the business, from everyday operating procedures to how the company is being managed. Some of the most common shareholder disputes including the following: Direction […]

High Court Strikes Down Offensive Trademarks Ban

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday, June 24, 2019 that a federal ban on the registration of “scandalous” trademarks such as “Fuct” violates the First Amendment.  This comes less than two years after striking down a similar rule against marks deemed “offensive”. In a 6-3 vote, justices said the provision was an unconstitutional form of […]

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