Firm News


December 23, 2020 11:00 EDT

By Mark M. Brandsdorfer, Esq.

IRS Introduces a New 1099 Form for Non-Employee Compensation (Form 1099-NEC)

The IRS has added a new 1099 form to its collection that will impact anyone who reported non-employee compensation (i.e. compensation to outside contractors) in prior years on Form 1099-MISC, Form 1099-NEC for non-employee compensation. This additional form also necessitated an update to Form 1096.

 


December 23, 2020 11:00 EDT

By Mark M. Brandsdorfer, Esq.

IRS Revises Form 1099-MISC Reporting Miscellaneous Income

For Tax Year 2020, the IRS has substantially revised Form 1099-MISC Miscellaneous Income. Form 1099-MISC has been extensively redesigned and renumbered. Non-employee compensation (NEC) is no longer reported on this form. This will impact anyone who reported non-employee compensation (i.e. compensation to outside contractors) in prior years on Form 1099-MISC. The addition of the new Form 1099 for non-employee compensation also necessitated an update to Form 1096.

 


July 23, 2020 11:40 EDT

By David S. Taylor, Esq.

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Federal Registration of GENERIC.COM-Styled Trademark

It is a longstanding principle of U.S. trademark law that terms that generically name a class of products or services are ineligible for federal trademark registration. The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (“PTO”) has long taken the stance that the addition of a “.com” suffix to a generic term is likewise registration ineligible.

 


July 6, 2020 11:24 EDT

By David S. Taylor, Esq.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“PTO”) Announces Expedited Appeals

On July 2, 2020, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (“PTO”) announced a Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program that allows patent applicants to have
their ex parte appeals decided by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) within six months from the date an appeal is entered into the Pilot Program.