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The New “Amazon Brand Registry” – IMPORTANT BRAND PROTECTION FOR ONLINE SELLERS

For any online seller or vendor that has a brand it wants to protect, the new Amazon Brand Registry offers tremendous value.  In order to join the registry, however, you must have a “standard character” trademark registered with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO).  “Standard character” mark means text only, no design or logo.

Registered trademarks are extremely valuable for brand owners. They offer protection from others trying to register the same or similar mark and from infringers of the mark, while also providing the necessary means to stop infringers.  Registered marks can also help to protect and register domain names.

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New Commercial Division Rules Promote The Continued Use of ADR

In 1995, then Chief Judge Judith Kaye established the Commercial Division of the New York State Supreme Court as a forum to improve the efficiency with which commercial disputes were addressed by the courts and, at the same time, to enhance the quality of judicial treatment of those cases.

Over the past few years, the Commercial Division has continually revamped its rules in an effort to remain an efficient forum for the resolution of commercial disputes.

For that reason, we often recommend to clients that they seek to have commercial disputes resolved in the Commercial Division, and that they also specify New York as the choice of forum and New York law as the choice of law in their business agreements.

While the Commercial Division judges do an outstanding job at sorting through both the complex legal and factual issues they face, their case loads have grown over the years, and cases often lag because of the parties’ failure to consider grounds for resolution at the outset of a case and throughout the litigation process.

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The Business Class Concealed Carry Weapon Permit – Rules For Business Owners in Suffolk County

New York State has a well-deserved reputation for having some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, and with respect to the issuance of concealed carry weapon licenses (“CCW”), New York is considered a “may issue” state. That is, the jurisdiction is one that requires a license to carry a concealed handgun, and where the granting of such licenses is largely at the discretion of local authorities.

In Suffolk County, responsibility for issuing CCW licenses is divided between the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, who is responsible for the investigation, issuance and maintenance of all pistol licenses for residents and businesses located within the five (5) eastern townships in the County (East Hampton, Riverhead, Shelter Island, Southampton and Southold), and the Suffolk County Police Department, which is responsible for everyone else.

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New Nitrogen Control Requirements Imposed On Construction In Suffolk County, East Hampton & Southampton

In 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency warned that the frequency, severity and distribution of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) was increasing worldwide.  (USEPA, Impacts of Climate Change on the Occurrence of Harmful Algal Blooms, Office of Water, EPA 820-S-13-001, May 2013).  Subsequently, the Centers For Disease Control found that HABs appear to be rapidly increasing along our coastlines, as well as in our surface waters.

HABs result from an overabundance of nitrogen and phosphorus, and under certain combinations of temperature, sunlight and slow moving surface waters, such as small lakes, ponds and streams, HABs can rapidly occur.  They typically bloom during the summer or when temperatures are warmer than usual, and climate change will only exacerbate the HAB problem.

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Beware Of Trademark Scams

Trademark owners are often targeted by companies with official looking letters purporting to be from an official government agency.  These companies usually have the word “trademark” in the name, e.g., “Patent & Trademark Bureau” or the like, and their purpose is to extract an exorbitant amount of money from you.  The only official agency in the United States that registers trademarks is the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (“USPTO”) and the USPTO will never send you a letter asking for money or soliciting a service.  Other companies will try to sell you services that are completely worthless.  Do not fall prey to these companies.  Call your attorney or the USPTO directly if you are unsure what to do if you receive one of these letters concerning your trademark, or trademarks in general.

 

 

The Forever GI Bill: A “Cliffs Notes” Guide for Veterans

At a time when unity on any issue in Washington, D.C. is a rare commodity, it was gratifying to see lawmakers quickly pass a significant expansion to the education benefits for U.S. military veterans. The Bill, called the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2017, flew through both the House of Representatives and the Senate in the span of three weeks, passing both by unanimous votes. The Bill made its way to the desk of President Donald Trump where he signed it on August 16, 2017, with little fanfare. Lawmakers and veterans alike have heralded the GI Bill expansion from its introduction approximately one month ago through its passage in the House and Senate – calling it a “shining example” of bipartisanship.

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What’s In A Name?

In today’s Google®-world, for small companies, the answer is… EVERYTHING.

Marketing and branding always have been important for businesses, but with many potential customers searching Google® or other search engines for local businesses, a bland, descriptive name will not likely get you any new customers, or, for that matter, any repeat customers that once knew and may have forgotten the name of your business.

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