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Employment Law Shareholder Jenn Protas recently spoke at the National LGBT Bar Association’s 2019 Lavender Law Conference

By Hoge Fenton | 08.14.2019 | Firm Post

Hoge Fenton employment law shareholder Jenn Protas recently spoke at the National LGBT Bar Association’s 2019 Lavender Law Conference in Philadelphia. She addressed the importance of an inclusive approach to workplace policies and training. Now in its 31st year, the Lavender Law Conference is the largest LGBTQ+ legal conference in the country, with approximately 1,700 attendees attending annually.

Sblend Sblendorio and Darlene Chiang to speak at the Dublin Chamber of Commerce’s “Keeping the Profits Flowing” – September 5, 2019

By Hoge Fenton | 08.14.2019 | Speaking Engagements & Firm Events

Presented by Hoge Fenton Attorneys, Sblend Sblendorio and Darlene Chiang Attracting capital requires a strong legal structure. Retaining employees requires fair policies. Getting paid requires adequate credit terms. Protecting your intellectual assets requires diligence. Learn pointers from experienced legal practitioners to keep your profits flowing. Thursday, September 5, 2019 8:15 a.m. Networking, Coffee and Donuts 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Presentation City of Dublin, Civic Center – Regional Meeting Room 100 Civic Plaza, Dublin This event is FREE and open to the public. Please RSVP to the Dublin Chamber of Commerce at 925-828-6200 or info@dublinchamberofcommerce.org or click here to register online

U.S. Trademarks Now Require a U.S. Attorney

By Hoge Fenton | 08.13.2019 | Firm Post

U.S. Trademarks Now Require a U.S. Attorney The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has changed its rules regarding filings by foreign individuals and companies. Effective August 3, 2019, all foreign domiciled parties must be represented by a U.S. licensed attorney in connection with trademark-related submissions to the USPTO. Any individual with a permanent legal residence outside the United States or entity with its principal place of business outside the United States now needs a U.S. licensed attorney to file documents with the USPTO on their behalf. This new requirement applies to: Applications and registrations to the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) Proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) All foreign domiciled parties who wish to file new trademark or service mark applications in the United States Filings prior to August 3, 2019 Applications filed prior to the effective date of this rule will remain valid, but a U.S. attorney must be appointed for any future filings – such as Office Action responses or Statements of Use. Similarly, maintenance filings for registrations issued prior to August 3 must also be submitted by a U.S. attorney. Madrid Protocol International applications with extensions to the U.S. filed through the World Intellectual Property Organization using the Madrid Protocol may initially be filed without a U.S. attorney, but the requirement for a U.S. attorney will be made in all Office Actions. Canada Canadian trademark attorneys and agents who are reciprocally recognized by the USPTO’s Office of Enrollment and Discipline […]

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