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  • Ensure Your Trademarks and Brands are Adequately Protected in the UK

    As we all know, on January 1, 2020, the United Kingdom (UK) left the European Union (EU) under Brexit. There hasn’t been an immediate impact on trademark protection as a result of this change. However, if you have a EU trademark and you fail to “clone” your EU mark in the UK, you will eventually lose that trademark’s UK protection.  To preserve UK protection, you must file a comparable UK trade mark application by September, 30 2021, based on your existing or pending EU trade...

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  • Commercial and Residential Landlords Need to be Familiar with the California Relief Act

    By Procopio Associate Pooja Pujara Property owners and tenants find themselves in a changed legal landscape in 2021, as we recently reported. One significant change to California law that went into effect immediately after passage last year under an emergency statute was the Tenant, Homeowner, and Small Landlord Relief and Stabilization Act of 2020 (AB 3088). Part of its purpose was to provide continued protection to tenants for inability to make rent payments, especially as most local or...

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  • What Tribes Need to Know About the Changed Legal Landscape in 2021

    By Procopio Associate Gabriela Magee 2020 was a year like no other. Many parts of our everyday lives were put on hold, but Tribal governments displayed extraordinary resilience and quickly adapted to the changing environment. Procopio’s Native American Practice Group is proud of its role in serving tribal communities and ensuring that tribes have the tools they need to address the difficult challenges resulting from, and exacerbated by, the COVID-19 pandemic. The historical inequities f...

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  • 2021 Rings In Impactful New California Real Estate Laws and Regulations

    By Procopio Real Estate Associates Sara Neva and Pooja Pujara By any measure, 2020 was an unprecedented year. The California commercial and residential real estate landscape changed significantly with the spread of COVID-19 and the resulting economic impacts. Throughout last year our Real Estate team provided updates on the latest legal changes through laws and emergency measures in a series of articles that can be found online on the firm’s COVID-19 resources page. It’s important...

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  • What A New COVID-19 Legal Order Means for San Diego County’s Hospitality Industry

    By Procopio Hospitality Industry Group Leader Brook Barnes A significant order impacting San Diego County businesses could mean a welcome respite for local restaurants and other hospitality businesses. The Honorable Joel R. Wohlfeil issued an order December 16, enjoining the County of San Diego, California Governor Gavin Newsom, and the California Department of Public Health (“government agencies”) from shuttering Midway Venture LLC, which does business as Pacers Showgirls  and&n...

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  • 4 Keys to Protecting Your Trade Secrets with an NDA

    By Procopio Partner Robert H. Sloss and Associate Soohyun "Stacy" Park Nondisclosure agreements (NDA) are an important tool in protecting a company’s confidential information. Companies often execute an NDA prior to entering into a contractual relationship to share proprietary and confidential information and allow the other side to understand its technical and financial data or information. However, merely having a boilerplate NDA may not be enough should a company attempt to enforce i...

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  • COVID Workplace Safety Just Got Stricter: Cal/OSHA’s New Emergency Standard For California Employers

    By Procopio Partner Marie Burke Kenny and Associate Nicholas Kawuka The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (Cal/OSHA) adopted on November 19, 2020, a temporary emergency standard imposing substantial new COVID-19 testing, reporting and documentation requirements on California employers.  In an apparent over-reach by Cal/OSHA, the new standard also mandates that employees, who are excluded from work for COVID-19 related reasons, continue to receive earnings, sen...

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  • Mexican Professionals Offering Services to California Customers May Face Unexpected Legal Risks

    By Procopio Partner Adrian Martínez Can Mexican professionals be sued in the state of California when they provide services to state residents, despite rendering the professional services exclusively in Mexico? It’s an important question to ask, particularly given the not unwarranted belief that the United States is one of the most litigious societies in the world, and we frequently see reports of California professionals being sued by their clients. The legal risks for Mexican entrepr...

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  • Six Key Things to Know About the Recently Passed Prop 24 (CPRA)

    By Procopio Partner and Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice Group Co-Leader Frederick K. Taylor While this election cycle is most notable for what was at the top of the ballot, there are some significant changes coming to the privacy landscape for Californians. The California Privacy Rights Act passed this week, although most of its provisions will not go into effect until January 1, 2023. Now that it’s passed, we have new privacy provisions that work in conjunction with the existing Cal...

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  • Ransomware Attacks Are On The Rise: Are you Prepared?

    By Procopio Partner Robert Marasco, Associate Diana Sfrijan, and Senior Counsel Elaine Harwell Cybercriminals are threatening data-extortion plots against the U.S. healthcare system, the FBI and two other federal agencies warned on October 28th. The plots are ransomware cyberattacks designed to lock up hospital information systems, which could lead to data theft and cause significant disruption of patient services as COVID-19 case numbers continue to surge. At least five American hosp...

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