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What’s in a name? Alleviating Confusion About Trademarks

June 23, 2017
By Kimi N. Murakami
The name of your company is important. It is the proper noun that identifies the company. It is the official name under which the company does business. The company has built its brand under that name. To protect the reputation or goodwill that you have built in the public under the company’s name you should consider seeking federal trademark registration.

House Proposes Broader Application of “VA Rule of Two” to Close Kingdomware Loophole

June 22, 2017
By Samuel S. Finnerty
On June 6, 2017, a bipartisan pair of lawmakers introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives, H.R. 2781, known as the Ensuring Veteran Enterprise Participation in Strategic Sourcing Act (“Bill”), which, if passed, would have a significant impact on how the Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) administers the Veterans First Contracting Program (“Vets First”) and specifically—the “Rule of Two.”

DOL Withdrawals Interpretation of “Joint Employment” and “Independent Contractors” Rules: What Does this Mean for Me?

June 15, 2017
By Sarah L. Nash
On Wednesday, June 7, 2017, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) would be withdrawing two Administrative Interpretations issued during the previous administration regarding joint employers and independent contractors....

Avoiding Common Subcontracting Pitfalls

June 6, 2017
By Ambika J. Biggs
Companies often team together to bid on government procurements in order to boost their chances of being awarded contracts and, if awarded the contracts, to provide greater support to the government than they may be able to provide on their own...

House Bill Would Limit Credit for Small Businesses Falling into Multiple Socioeconomic Categories

May 31, 2017
By Julia Di Vito
A recent bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives seeks to amend the Small Business Act to limit the way agencies take credit for contracting with small businesses that fall into several socioeconomic categories. H.R. 2362, known as the Assuring Contracting Equity Act of 2017, was introduced on May 4, 2017 and would, if passed, add a provision titled “Limitation on Number of Categories for which a Small Business May Qualify.”...
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