There are two ways that an employer may obtain an L-1 visa to allow intracompany transferees of a parent, branch, affiliate or subsidiary of the U.S. petitioning company to obtain temporary non-immigrant status for the purpose of working in the United States—the blanket visa process and the regular visa process.
With the blanket visa process, an employer meeting certain criteria files documentation with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and receives a grant of “blanket” status, meaning the employer will not have to file individual visa applications for subsequent workers, but can submit the blanket visa along with supporting documentation to the consulate or embassy in any worker’s country of origin and obtain legal permission to bring the worker to the United States.
For employers without blanket visa approval, an application must be filed with USCIS for every additional foreign worker entering the United States. The company must initially file Form I-129, along with any documents that show that the company meets all immigration requirements. Once Form I-129 has been approved by the USCIS, the worker may seek a visa at the embassy or consulate in his or her home country. If you are already in the United States under another type of visa when the I-129 is approved, you must request a change in your non-immigrant status. As long as you file for a change of status before your current status expires, the expiration of your current status will not be a problem.
Once you register a trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), you must take care to protect your trademark rights. If you fail to use the trademark, or if you fail to prevent others from using your mark, you could lose your rights. USPTO does not police your mark, nor does it enforce your trademark rights. To protect your rights, you must do two things: (1) police your trademark, and (2) use your trademark.
The purpose of a trademark is to create and preserve something distinctive to your business. If you fail to prevent other businesses from using your trademark, or a similar mark, then your trademark rights can be diluted, or even canceled. To prevent that from happening, you need to implement a plan to monitor use of your marks and, if necessary, take action to enforce your rights. Here are some ways to police your trademark:
- Set up a Google Alert for any mention of your trademark.
- Search the USPTO’s online TESS database of federal trademark applications and registrations.
- Search for filings in Secretary of State offices, as well as domain name filings.
- Periodically search the internet for uses of your mark.
- Use a professional trademark watching service.
If you find someone using a mark similar to yours, consult a trademark attorney to determine what action, if any, you should take to protect your rights. Such action might include sending a cease-and-desist letter, filing an action with the USPTO, or filing a lawsuit in state or federal court.
You can also lose your trademark rights by failing to use your mark. You must actively use your trademark in order to maintain it. Five years after registering a trademark, the owner must prove to the USPTO that they continue to use the trademark on a regular basis. A trademark must be renewed every 10 years. If you fail to use your trademark for three consecutive years, the mark might be considered abandoned. Therefore, it’s important that you keep good records of how your mark is used.
GetLegal opens the doors to its new Downtown Fort Worth headquarters this week. GetLegal’s new location is just north of I-30 in the Frost Bank Building of The Summit Office Park. Here is our new street and mailing address:
1300 Summit Avenue
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Fort Worth, TX 76102
Our main phone number remains the same: 817-359-7077.
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When you or someone you know has been involved in an accident, or suffered serious injuries or other personal losses, it is crucial to contact an attorney as soon as possible. A personal-injury attorney will look at the facts and circumstances of your case and help you navigate the legal system the best way for your case and well-being.
In the event of an automobile accident, the at-fault party usually has an insurance company and its lawyers on their side to look out for their interests. As the injured party, you likewise need legal representation to look out for your interests.
The insurance company and its lawyers are looking for any reason to not pay on your claim. From the time of their initial contact, everything they do is working toward the goal of non-payment, even though they might give the impression that they are trying to help you. With proper representation, you can protect yourself from an insurer that tries to deny payment on a valid claim. Contact an attorney before talking to an adjuster or lawyer representing the insurance company for the person at fault. Doing so will help you avoid making a statement that could damage your case. An experienced personal injury attorney will protect your claim and ensure that you get proper compensation for the injuries and other losses caused by the accident.