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New Trademark Protections Offered by CBP

Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) has upgraded their trademark protection tools for importers. In the past, an importer could record their trademarks with CBP to obtain protection of their mark. The recording of a trademark with CBP helps the agency to police the importation of infringing goods. CBP recently added a new function to its Intranet, and permits importers to provide their Product Identification Guides for upload to CBP’s Intellectual Property Rights internal Search system (IPRiS).

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17th Judicial Conference of the United States Court of International Trade

Erik Smithweiss will be speaking at the 17th Judicial Conference of the United States Court of International Trade on December 3, 2012.

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Export Compliance Certifications to Be Imposed on U.S. Employers of Foreign Nationals

Effective on February 20, 2011, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services agency (“USCIS”) will impose new export control certification requirements for companies in the United States who petition that agency seeking authorization for an alien to come to the United States temporarily to perform services or to receive training.

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Customs and International Trade Continuing Legal Education Program - Note New Date: November 14, 2012

On November 14, 2012, GDLSK partners Arthur Bodek, Ed Ackerman and Ned Marshak will be presenting at an all day Continuing Legal Education Program entitled: Customs and International Trade Law: Untangle the Complex Web of Laws and Regulations.  Topics will include:

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Highlights Of The Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (Cafta)

Published in the Metropolitan Corp. Counsel
(www.metropolitancorpcounsel.com) October 2005

The US, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua signed CAFTA on August 5. On August 2 President Bush signed the implementing legislation (Pub. L. 109-53) after the House of Representatives passed it (H.R. Bill 3045) by a bare majority of only 2 votes. The legislatures of five signatories have approved the agreement, and those of Costa Rica and Nicaragua are expected to do so within the next six months. By January 1, 2006, CAFTA should be operational for all parties that have obtained the necessary legislative approvals.

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