expungement reexamination proceedings

USPTO Expungement and Reexamination Proceedings

Pursuant to the Trademark Modernization Act (TMA), the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has established expungement and reexamination proceedings for cancellation of a registration. These proceedings allow a third party to request the cancellation of a trademark registration, if the mark was never used in commerce, or if it was not used prior

M&A Closing Conditions

M&A Closing Conditions

Our corporate attorneys have represented countless companies, buyers, and sellers in M&A transactions, and one of the most common questions we get is “what are M&A closing conditions?” An M&A closing condition is a thing that a party says must happen for the transaction to close. All deals with closings have at least a few

Spain Branch Office or Subsidiary

Spain Branch Office or Subsidiary?

You’ve taken the first steps in expanding your business into Spain, perhaps by forming distributor relations. Now, you’re ready to put down deeper roots by renting office space and hiring staff. With these pieces in place you will be considered a “permanent establishment,” and it’s time to go beyond simply registering your foreign business. Foreign

Emerging markets success

Four Essential Principles of Emerging Market Success

In my work as an attorney representing mostly Western companies in emerging markets, I have concluded there are four essential elements to emerging market success: a good partner, an open mind, active participation, and extreme patience. I have seen enough essential similarities between such diverse countries as Russia, Korea (back when it was still an

CTPAT Trade Compliance Program

Use the CTPAT Trade Compliance Program to Improve Your Import Operations

Becoming a member of the United States’ Customs and Border Protection’s CTPAT Trade Compliance Program will improve your import operations. In other words, membership has its privileges. My last customs and trade blog post discussed how importers can minimize United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) entry examinations and expedite cargo clearances by undertaking the

Global Trademark Protection Under the Madrid Protocol

Global Trademark Protection Under the Madrid Protocol

As more U.S. companies and individuals seek to sell their goods and services in foreign markets, it is important they obtain trademark protection in these markets. One way to minimize the cost of obtaining trademark protection abroad is to make use of the Madrid System. With the UAE‘s accession to the Madrid Protocol (which together

Spain for digital nomads and entrepreneurs

Spain for Digital Nomads and Entrepreneurs

Spain has enacted various laws to bring in talented people who want to start a business or invest in Spain. Spain now allows foreign investors and skilled individuals to apply for extended visas. Most importantly for our firm’s clients, Spain now has loosened up its visa and tax policies for foreign entrepreneurs and digital nomads.

EU China and US trademark law

How US, EU and China Trademark Systems Differ

Our team handles trademark work around the world for our clients, but the jurisdictions with which we work the most are the United States, European Union, and China. While there are considerable similarities among these three jurisdictions when it comes to trademark law, in this post we look at how the U.S., E.U., and China

Immigration law united states

Has the Biden-Harris Administration Enabled an Immigration Reset?

In November 2020, I published the first in a 4-part series of posts titled “Biden-Harris Offers a Chance for an Immigration Reset”. My third post in the series was published on President Biden’s Inauguration Day, and I posted again two and a half weeks later. Nine months later, what has President Biden done to reform

Spain Trade Secret Law

Spain Trade Secret Law

Trade secrets became explicitly protected under Spanish national law when EU Directive (2016/943/EU) became part of Spain law in 2019. A trade secret in Spain is now defined as secret information, unknown to those who usually handle such kinds of information and not readily accessible. This information also must have commercial value precisely because it