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April 2nd! Finally, the Entertainment Industry Opens Again!

Posted by Giselle Ayala Mateus | Mar 04, 2021 | 0 Comments

On February 16, 2021, Governor Cuomo announced that indoor family entertainment centers and places of amusement would be allowed to reopen beginning in late March and April. We are all expectant about how this "new normal" will look like. Along with the news of the reopening different companies and organizations have announced dates for concerts and live performances.

It is time to renew your green card!

Posted by Giselle Ayala Mateus | Mar 03, 2021 | 0 Comments

When you become a permanent resident in the U.S. you receive a 10-year green card. After that, when your 10-year green card is expired or will expire within the next 6 months, it's time to renew it. Now, before explaining the requisites to renew the green card and the documents that are required to complete the process, it is important to note that an expired green card doesn't mean you're no longer a lawful U.S. permanent resident. The green card is only the document that demonstrates your legal status in the United States. As long as you don't leave the U.S. establishing your residence anywhere else, you keep that status for life.

COVID-19 and breach of contract... Recent development related to the doctrine of Force Majeure

Posted by Giselle Ayala Mateus | Feb 18, 2021 | 0 Comments

As a result of the COVID-19 crisis that affected New York, and other places of the United States, many businesses were forced to close their doors or to stop activities as usual. One of the industries most affected by the government orders that shut down the city of New York was the entertainment industry. As result the necessary closings many businesses breached their contracts. They were not able to performed as required. When businesses closed, conflicts arose and attorneys started to received questions regarding legal options to finish a contract or to avoid liability. It is in this context that the doctrine of Force Majeure becomes important.

SCAM Alert! There is No NY Council For Corporations

Posted by Giselle Ayala Mateus | Feb 11, 2021 | 6 Comments

Companies are receiving in the mail apparently legitimate “Corporate Records Services”. This is a form of scam that has resurfaced. In this non-official communications, businesses are receiving an official-looking form called the “Annual Records Solicitation Form” from the apparently real “New York Council for Corporations.” Although this document looks like an official government form, the New York Council for Corporations is not a government agency nor it is an authorized entity.

STOP! Don't trust potentially misleading offers and notices from private companies

Posted by Giselle Ayala Mateus | Feb 06, 2021 | 0 Comments

Every time an individual or a company commences an application before a publication agencies, whether it is a trademark application or the registration of a new company, a public record is created. This information is used by private companies to contact the applicant with notices that are misleading and appear official at first glance. Applicants must be careful and not be fooled by these notices.

When two trademarks are considered too similar...

Posted by Giselle Ayala Mateus | Feb 05, 2021 | 0 Comments

The similarity between trademarks is important in two scenarios, registration or litigation. Similarity is a concept usually used in the context of copyright law because similarity is important to establish copyright infringement or copyrightability. In the trademark law context, similarity is important because the USPTO wants to avoid the co-existence of trademarks that are likely to confuse. Similarity by itself is not an issue; however, if two trademarks are so similar that a potential consumer could be confused about the commercial source of goods or services, then trademark similarity can be a problem.

Can I claim Copyright Infringement? First Considerations for Authors

Posted by Giselle Ayala Mateus | Feb 04, 2021 | 0 Comments

If you consider that another has used or misappropriated your work, it is imperative to understand the copyright infringement claim elements. It is then essential to consider whether the author of the work has a viable claim, and finally, determine the best strategy to approach the allegedly infringing conduct. When an author hires an attorney, the attorney's first task is to make a preliminary assessment of the matter.

Decoding the Trademark Application Legal Fee

Posted by Giselle Ayala Mateus | Jan 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

When it comes to the registration of a trademark, being careful is the best strategy. No one wants to pay a nonrefundable fee to the USPTO to realize later that the trademark is not registrable. Additionally, suppose the registration has errors, clerical or not. In that case, the client does not want to go through correcting them before getting a real chance of registering the trademark. This analysis and the additional consideration made below are the factors that explain the legal fee you pay your attorney to file your trademark application.

Casarse en Nueva York

Posted by Giselle Ayala Mateus | Jan 12, 2021 | 0 Comments

Si ha decidido casarse en los EE. UU. Es muy importante que considere los requisitos específicos del estado donde se llevará a cabo la ceremonia de matrimonio. Para casarse legalmente, deben realizar una ceremonia de matrimonio civil o religiosa tras obtener la Licencia de matrimonio. En general, la ley estatal requiere que esperen 24 horas tras recibir su licencia antes de realizar su ceremonia de matrimonio.

House marks and its hidden importance.

Posted by Giselle Ayala Mateus | Dec 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

By Giselle Ayala Mateus and Daniela Iguaran. A "house mark" can become an essential part of your business Intellectual Property portfolio if you have the vision of getting into several markets or quickly growing your overall presence. Accordingly, when considering the registration of a trademark, think not only about the goods or services' marks you currently trade. It is also important to take into consideration whether the trademark will be identical to your company's name, whether the trademark can be registered for different classes of goods or services, whether the use of the trademark in fact reflects the idea of that symbol as a "house mark."

End-of-the-Year Business Legal Checklist (For start-ups and well established businesses)

Posted by Giselle Ayala Mateus | Dec 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

2020 was tough, we all know. However, the end of this year is getting closer, and making a good checklist will definitely impact how we start in 2021. Many businesses may feel that there are a lot of topics they could include in their End-of-the-Year Business Legal Checklist. This note will help them to narrow those topics or to come up with additionals!

What is a Partnership?

Posted by Giselle Ayala Mateus | Dec 02, 2020 | 0 Comments

What is and what is not a partnership? A partnership is a form of business organization where two or more people carry on a business as co-owners. A partnership is not and does not create a legal entity different from the partnership members. When it comes to partnerships, it is important to u...

What is an LLC?

Posted by Giselle Ayala Mateus | Dec 02, 2020 | 0 Comments

An LLC or Limited Liability Company is a form of business organization that provides more flexibility than a corporation. Regardless of the multiple reasons that can make a person choose a corporation over an LLC, an LLC offers business owners the possibility of organizing their enterprise with...

What is the best entity for my business?

Posted by Giselle Ayala Mateus | Dec 02, 2020 | 0 Comments

One of the first decisions a business owner faces is choosing the best business entity for their organization. This is a crucial decision because it has far-reaching legal and tax consequences. At the starting point, you may be wondering, how do I choose between an LLC and a Corporation?

What is a Corporation?

Posted by Giselle Ayala Mateus | Dec 02, 2020 | 0 Comments

Delete Edit A corporation is a legal entity separate and distinct from its owners. Corporations are granted most of the rights and responsibilities that individuals possess. Corporations can enter into agreements, loan and borrow money, sue and be sued, hire employees or independent contractors...

How Does the Priority Date Look?

Posted by Giselle Ayala Mateus | Nov 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

The priority date is the date that USCIS uses as a reference to inform the public whether visas are available. Visas are available considering the country of nationality of the applicant and the priority date. For instance, a U.S. citizen requests a green card for his sister. Said application was...

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