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UK Supreme Court rules on correct approach to interpreting liquidated damages clauses
Deacons, September 2021

In Triple Point Technology Inc v PTT Public Company Ltd [2021] UKSC 29, the principal issue before the Court was the approach to be adopted when interpreting a liquidated damages clause in a contract i.e. a clause providing for a pre-determined sum agreed upon in the event of a specified breach by one of the parties...

Latest Federal Court Cases, 09/20/21
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, September 2021

Omega Patents, LLC, v. CalAmp Corp., Appeal Nos. 2020-1793, -1794, (Fed. Cir. Sept. 14, 2021) In its only precedential patent case this week, the Federal Circuit sent a case back for a third trial on the issue of damages. This appeal comes after the second jury trial, in which Omega accused CalAmp of infringing claims of four of its patents. In the prior appeal and the instant appeal, the Court affirmed on the underlying issues of infringement and validity...

New Legislation Addresses Brown Act Teleconferencing Requirements
Hanson Bridgett LLP, September 2021

Key Points Assembly Bill (AB) 361 allows an agency to use teleconferencing for public meetings without requiring the teleconference location to be accessible to the public or a quorum of the members of the legislative body of the agency to participate from locations within the boundaries of the agency's jurisdiction during proclaimed state of emergencies...

Medicare Coverage of Innovative Technology Program for FDA Breakthrough Devices: from Delayed to Repealed
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, September 2021

On Sept. 15, 2021, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule to repeal the Medicare Coverage of Innovative Technology (MCIT) and Definition of “Reasonable and Necessary” final rule, which was published on Jan. 14, 2021, and would be effective on Dec. 15, 2021.  In June 2021, we reported on CMS’ decision to delay the MCIT Program Final Rule (The Rule)...

California Legislature Takes Aim at Brown Act Teleconferencing Requirements
Hanson Bridgett LLP, September 2021

Key Points The State Assembly and Senate have both passed AB 361 and AB 339, two bills aimed at addressing Brown Act teleconferencing requirements in the COVID-19 landscape. The Governor is expected to sign or veto the bills before October 1...

Cambodia: Placement of Devices to Measure Volumes of Beer and Non-Alcoholic Beverages to Comply with New GDT Instruction
DFDL, September 2021

On 8 September 2021, the General Department of Taxation (“GDT”) issued Instruction No. 15024 on the obligation to install devices to measure the volume of beer and/or non-alcoholic beverages on the sites of local beverage producing enterprises...

Chilean Executive Presents “FinTech Law” Bill
Carey, September 2021

On September 3, the executive presented to Congress the anticipated draft of the "FinTech Law", the new regulation that proposes a legal framework applicable to FinTech companies in Chile (the "Bill"). Until now, FinTech companies in Chile have operated without their own or specially designed legal framework, which has generated a series of regulatory inconveniences that have impacted their business model and hindered the development of these technologies in Chile...

Tech Disputes: Exclusions and Limitations of Liability
Shoosmiths LLP, September 2021

Exclusion and limitation clauses are central to any IT or technology contract. When a dispute arises exclusions and limitations of liability are invariably key to determining whether there is liability and the extent of it. When a dispute arises exclusions and limitations of liability are very often key to determining whether there is liability, and the extent of it...

Telepharmacy: The Future of Digital Healthcare
Kudun and Partners, August 2021

During the COVID-19 pandemic, when hospitals have increasingly experienced a shortage of beds and medical staff to take care of patients, telepharmacy has emerged as one of the most effective ways to reduce the number of people visiting not only the hospitals themselves but also pharmacies and health clinics. Telepharmacy is the provision of pharmaceutical care to patients remotely by registered pharmacists and pharmacies using telecommunications...

Navigating the Fintech Revolution in Thailand
DFDL, August 2021

‘Navigating the Fintech Revolution in Thailand’ is the indispensable must-read guide for fintech experts who want to stay up-to-date on all current and future fintech developments and successfully navigate the sector’s many challenges and pitfalls! In this edition, DFDL reports on the current state of fintech in Thailand from a legislative and policy perspective with an overview of the current and future fintech landscape...

$784M Fraud Charge Against Telemedicine Company Highlights Importance of Evaluating Telehealth Arrangements
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, August 2021

Telemedicine and telehealth are newer and ever-expanding components of health care.[1] There are many viable arrangements for companies who wish to engage in telemedicine and/or telehealth and these arrangements can offer many benefits to the patients they serve.  However, companies and licensed individuals who provide services should be careful to understand the state and federal regulatory framework under which they operate...

Cryptocurrency – The Future of Banking?
Shoosmiths LLP, August 2021

In our previous article (Cryptocurrency – The Future of Money), we provided an overview of the key ideas behind cryptocurrency. In this article, we look at how cryptocurrency and digital currency might impact the corporate banking and finance market...

Mamo TCV Newsletter - July 2021
Mamo TCV Advocates, August 2021

Banking & Finance The Central Bank of Malta Issues Directive 19 on the Use of Cheques and Bank Drafts Directive No 19 ‘on the Use of Cheques and Bank Drafts’ was issued by the Central Bank of Malta on 7th July 2021 with the aim of promoting safe and effective use of cheques and bank drafts drawn on Maltese banks and financial institutions...

Social Media Influencers Could Become the Targets of Trademark Infringement Lawsuits
Buchalter, August 2021

Petunia Products, Inc. owns the BROW BOOST ® trademark, under which it sells a “Billion Dollar Brows” eyebrow primer and conditioner. Petunia recently asserted trademark infringement claims against a skin care products company, which Petunia alleges infringed on its BROW BOOST mark in connection with the name of its product that competes with Petunia’s product, and by using the hashtag #BROWBOOST on social media to promote its product...

From Coders to Brokers: New Proposed 1099-B Reporting for Crypto Miners and Software Developers
Hanson Bridgett LLP, August 2021

Key PointsThe Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (H.R. 3684) passed the Senate with a broad definition of "broker" to target cryptocurrency information reporting to the IRS.Absent amendment, the bill imposes obligations similar to IRS Form 1099-B on various technology providers in the crypto industry, even if they do not broker digital asset transactions and lack the necessary information to comply...

Tokyo Olympics, The Greenest Games Ever?
ENSafrica, August 2021

The Tokyo Olympic Games have been dubbed the greenest Games to date. Despite some criticism levelled against the claims of their eco-friendly nature, it is notable that the Tokyo Olympics Organising Committee has made significant strides to minimise the Games’ carbon footprint...

Infringement Found for Football Teams’ Facemasks
Veirano Advogados, August 2021

The manufacturer of the official facemask for the Brazilian Football Confederation filed a court action against an e-commerce company, accusing it of offering similar items allegedly manufactured by third parties. The manufacturer of the official facemask for the men’s and women’s teams of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) filed a court action against an e-commerce company, accusing it of offering similar items allegedly manufactured by third parties...

Barcelona Bedlam
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, August 2021

When I was a young lawyer working for the Norwegian Competition Authority, a complaint was received that gave rise to some amusement among the staff at the authority. The complainant argued that the Norwegian football club Viking FK’s signing of the half-decent footballer Ragnvald Soma from rivalling club SK Brann constituted an infringement of Norwegian competition law. Nowadays, competition law in football is no longer a laughing matter...

The Three Laws of Legal Robotics
Shoosmiths LLP, August 2021

In the 1940s writer and futurologist Isaac Asimov laid down his Three Laws of Robotics. We say it’s time for lawyers to do the same. A flourishing future is ours for the taking, provided we know how to grasp it. At Shoosmiths, we’ve been working on future-facing projects for a good few years now...

Patents: Inventors can be Inhuman
ENSafrica, August 2021

“We are both created and create. Why cannot our own creations also create?” What a week First we heard that a South African patent for an invention that lists artificial intelligence (“AI”) as its inventor had been issued, a world first. Then we heard that an Australian court had handed down a judgment allowing AI to be listed as the inventor of a corresponding patent in Australia...

Cryptocurrency – The Future of Money?
Shoosmiths LLP, August 2021

Cryptocurrency, for most of us at least, has been hidden behind a veil of incomprehensible idiom for most of its lifespan. However, it has the potential to revolutionise the way we pay, borrow and lend, maybe sooner rather than later. Like quantum computing and artificial intelligence, we are told they’re set to change the world but few of us understand how that might actually work or what their impact might be...

Law No. 21,363 that Sets Forth Rules Regarding Commercialization and Advertising of Alcoholic Beverages is Published
Carey, August 2021

On August 6th of 2021, Law No. 21,363 (hereinafter the “Law”) was published in the Official Gazette. The Law introduces modifications to Law No. 19,925 about expenditure, commercialization and production of alcoholic beverages, and other associated Laws, establishing different limitations to the advertising of alcoholic beverages, as well as the obligation of including warnings about harmful consumption in the container of these kind of products...

Federal Court of Justice on the Scope of the Right to Access Pursuant to Article 15(1) GDPR
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, August 2021

Background In its ruling of June 15, 2021 (Case No. VI ZR 576/19), the German Federal Court of Justice (BGH) for the first time took a comprehensive position on the scope of the right to access pursuant to Article 15(1) GDPR. Article 15 GDPR standardizes the right of access of a data subject vis-à-vis a controller...

Champagne: Is Russia Really Putin the Boot In?
ENSafrica, August 2021

A comment posted on social media last week in South Africa said, “It is only a Coup when it originates from the Coup d'état region in France. Otherwise it is just sparkling insurrection”. For those who are not aware, South Africa has had a few disruptive weeks with violent protests and looting. In-between the angst and sadness, there was still time for a dig at Geographical Indications (“GIs”)...

Who is Liable for Infringing Copyright? The YouTube Case
ENSafrica, August 2021

The liability of online platforms relating to infringing IP material that appears on their platforms is an interesting topic. Who is liable for infringing material that appears on online platforms, the person who posts the material or the online platform? This was recently considered by the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) in two separate cases. Some preliminary points Copyright news in South Africa these days is scant...

 

 

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