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Saving Costs in the U.S. Trademark Registration Process
May 18, 2018

John E. Ottaviani

Because of the complexities of the U.S. trademark registration system, many trademark owners from other countries, and their counsel, are reluctant to file national or international applications in the United States. However, there are opportunities for international applicants and their counsel to save money and time in the United States registration process. Click above to read the full article and learn how PS&H can assist you with your trademarking process.

States Follow Through With Commitment to Protect Net Neutrality
March 6, 2018

Paige V. Schroeder

As we discussed in our January blog, states are taking the protection of net neutrality into their own hands. This week Washington’s Governor Jay Inslee signed the first state net neutrality bill to prevent internet service providers from blocking websites or charging more for faster delivery of certain sites, which is now permissible under the Federal Communication Commission’s recent order repealing the rules prohibiting paid preferences, throttling, and blocking that were adopted under President Obama.

The FCC’s February Meeting Agenda Reflects Its Desire to Innovate And Modernize
February 21, 2018

Paige V. Schroeder

Earlier this month, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) held an Open Agenda Meeting where a number of items were set for discussion. As Chairman Ajit Pai designated February “Innovation Month” at the FCC, the meeting agenda included, among others, the following issues which were geared at promoting that goal:

Attacks Mount Against FCC After Repeal of Net Neutrality Rules
January 19, 2018

Paige V. Schroeder

The Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) repeal of net neutrality in December was certainly not the final word on the matter. The FCC’s decision to roll back Obama-era rules prohibiting paid preferences, throttling and blocking in the order captioned Restoring Internet Freedom (the “Order”), which became final on January 4, is currently under attack on multiple fronts and others are sure to come.

Canadian Grower Announces Plans to Purchase Providence Cultivation Space
December 14, 2017

William R. Moorman, Jr.

Future Farm Technologies, Inc., a Vancouver based marijuana cultivator, has announced that it plans to purchase a 15,000 sq. ft. building in Providence for $750,000.

Uncertainty Over Impact of Massachusetts Recreational Marijuana Sales on Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Industry
November 28, 2017

William R. Moorman, Jr.

Will next summer’s opening of the recreational marijuana market in Massachusetts impact Rhode Island’s medical marijuana demand? An industry leader and a government regulator recently expressed different views to committees of the Rhode Island General Assembly.

The End of the Open Internet? Chairman Pai Proposes Net Neutrality Rollback
November 22, 2017

Paige V. Schroeder

The FCC’s Commission Chairman, Ajit Pai, released a statement concerning net neutrality on Tuesday, announcing a plan to stop the federal government's “micromanaging” of the internet.

Massachusetts Department of Public Health Issues Guidance to Convert Registered Marijuana Dispensaries to For-Profit Entities
November 16, 2017

William R. Moorman, Jr.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) recently issued guidance to allow licensed medical marijuana dispensaries to operate as Massachusetts business corporations.

Rumored Merger Between T-Mobile and Sprint Called Off
November 6, 2017

Paige V. Schroeder

As reported in our last blog post, it had been long speculated, with increasing intensity, that T-Mobile and Sprint were close to announcing a merger between the two companies. However, on Saturday, T-Mobile and Sprint announced that the rumored merger was off. This merger would have been consistent with the trend towards deregulating the telecommunications industry that we have been expecting under the new administration.

And Then There Were Three? Telecom Deregulation Likely to Happen
November 3, 2017

Paige V. Schroeder

2017 has brought many changes to the telecommunications industry and yet, it remains to be seen what effect recent developments will have in the future. One thing we can count on is the continued deregulation of the overall industry under the current administration.

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