CLE Trends and Topics in International Law

WSBA Webinar: Harris Bricken Attorney Presents on Protecting IP Overseas

Register HERE! Join Harris Bricken attorney Fred Rocafort and other experts in the area of international law for a live webinar hosted by the Washington State Bar Association. This event will help attendees understand crucial international issues in intellectual property and real property. Fred’s session, titled Protecting IP Overseas, will explore the reasons for which

A Legal Primer on Doing Business in the United States

Doing Business in the United States: The Laws You Should Know

As the country with the world’s largest economy, the United States offers some of the best business opportunities in the world.  To assist businesses in taking advantage of those opportunities, this guide provides an overview of the US legal system and some of the laws relevant to doing business in the United States. 1. The

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The Benefits of E-2 Visas Over EB-5 Visas

For many investors considering a U.S. investment-based visa, the EB-5 option seems increasingly less attractive. Fortunately, there is the E-2 Treaty Trader Visa, which can be an attractive option for investors who wish to obtain lawful status in the United States for themselves and their immediate family more quickly and at a lower cost than

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Harris Bricken Welcomes Patent Attorney Paul Coble

Harris Bricken welcomes patent attorney Paul Coble. Paul heads up Harris Bricken’s patent law practice and assists with various other IP matters within the firm’s IP Practice Group. Paul studied molecular biology and chemistry as an undergraduate and he handled both patent prosecution and litigation matters for many years at an AMLaw 200 firm in

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Harris Bricken Welcomes Jack Scrantom to Its Immigration Practice

Harris Bricken welcomes immigration lawyer Jack Scrantom to its immigration practice, which provides immigration strategy and planning for businesses, investors, individuals, and families. Jack advises clients on a wide range of matters at the intersection of business and immigration, including workforce and mobility planning, cross-border employment, and permanent residency and specialty visa issues. He also

H-1B Visas

H-1B Visas for Specialty Occupations

1. Back to Basics: What Is an H-1B Visa? H-1B visas are for workers in speciality occupations. An H-1B worker is defined by the Immigration and Nationality Act as a beneficiary who: (i) is temporarily coming to the United States (ii) to perform services in a specialty occupation; (iii) is of distinguished merit and ability; and

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With U.S. Issuing Gender-Neutral Passports, Travelers Should Beware of Potential Risks

Non-binary, intersex, and gender non-conforming Americans can now obtain gender-neutral passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBAs) with an X gender marker. Previously, the State Department had announced that applicants would be able to self-select their gender “as ‘M’ or ‘F,'” irrespective of the gender specified in other identity documents, and without a need

The Burdens on Spain's Immigrant Laborers

The Burdens on Spain’s Immigrant Laborers

During the summer of 2015, I found myself in the small town of Vic, Spain, located about an hour north of Barcelona in the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains. Though Vic has many sights worth seeing including Roman ruins and a large central plaza, I spent most of my time in a part of town

USCIS Temporarily Extends the Validity of Green Card Medical Exams to Four Years

USCIS Temporarily Extends the Validity of Green Card Medical Exams to Four Years

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced yesterday that it is temporarily extending the validity of select medical exams from two years to four years. Immigration medical exams are part of the employment- and family-based Adjustment of Status (AOS) process, which results in the issuance of a permanent resident card (‘green card’) for applicants who

The US Border After Canada Legalized Cannabis

The US Border After Canada Legalized Cannabis

Canada’s cannabis legalization creates yet another wrinkle in the relations between the U.S. and its northern neighbor. U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey Sessions harbors a well known hatred towards anything cannabis and he clearly has no love for Canada’s Cannabis Act either. What will this mean though for Canadians who are 100% legally involved in Canada’s cannabis industry when