Waiver I-212: Permission to Reapply for a Visa After Deportation

Deportation is a very painful event, especially if the individual has tenuous or no ties with his or her country of origin. It is definitely a life-altering event. Many deportees face penalties of 5 years, 10 years or 20 years away from the USA, depending on the particular circumstances of the case and the reason for removal. After the penalty time has passed, some persons may seek to ask the USA government permission to re-enter…

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Now You Can Trademark Cannabis Products and Services, with Limitations

You now can trademark cannabis products and services but with important limitations.

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No-Match Surge. What Employers Need to Know

In another effort to make the lives of undocumented immigrants unbearable, the Trump administration, via the Social Security Administration (SSA), has been sending more than 570,000 communications to businesses across the country of the so-called ‘no-match letters”. This actions started in the Spring of 2019, as reported by the New York Times. Read the article here. In a few words, the no-match letter indicates discrepancies between the SSA records, the name of the person and…

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Primer: Copyrights, Trademarks, and Patents

Around 500 BCE the government in Sybaris, the ancient city of Magna Graecia, started granting a one-year patent to any citizen for any “new refinement in luxury.” The Greeks, contributors of so many advances in the arts, philosophy, science, and government were the first who thought about and implemented protection for creators, unsuspected initiators of the intellectual property field. This seemed appropriate for the city which was recognized by its refinement and hedonism, to the…

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Internet Giants Oppose Copyright Law Advancing in EU

A bill, expected to be formally approved mid-March by the European Union (EU), is causing concern with big internet platforms because it makes companies liable for copyright violations. The bill is called Article 13 of the EU Copyright Directive and could make services such as YouTube, Facebook and Google responsible if their users upload copyright-protected movies,  music, etc. Additionally, Article 13 will allow news publishers to negotiate licenses with aggregators such Alphabet Inc. The regulation,…

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