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Rethinking Software Development Agreements in the Age of Copyright Battles

The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to decide this fall on a decade-old battle between Google and Oracle that may have far-reaching implications for software developers and their clients. This is a unique case because it highlights the importance and complexities of protecting IP rights and applying copyright concepts in a software agreement. As the country awaits the verdict, third-party software developers and their clients should both meet with an intellectual property (IP) attorney to create strong Software Development Agreements that ensure they are fairly entitled to use the code or have certain ownership protection.

US Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman to Provide Case Assistance for Card Delay

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) currently has a reduced capacity to print secure documents, including Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) cards (or green cards), and Employment Authorization Documents (EADs). This lowered capacity comes after USCIS ended its contract with a third-party printing company in June 2020. A hiring freeze has also decreased the agency’s ability to meet the demand for card printing.

The US Extends Restrictions on Non-Essential Travel Across its Borders with Mexico and Canada

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced that restrictions will be extended for all non-essential land and ferry travel across United States borders with Mexico and Canada through August 20, 2020, based on agreements between the countries. While tourism and recreational travel is not permitted, essential travel for work, education, medical, and certain supply chains are still allowed. This restriction does not impact air travel.

Employer Toolbox: Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has prompted the federal government to enact the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), to protect Americans against a significant economic impact. The FFCRA provides separate benefits to employers if they intend to maintain their workforce, or if they decide to reduce staff. Employees are protected if they are experiencing symptoms or need to care for another that has indications of COVID-19.

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