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Requirement for UKCA Marking Deadline Extended by One Year
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, September 2021

 On 24 August 2021, The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) granted a one-year extension for manufacturers to begin applying the UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA) marks for products marketed in the UK. The new deadline is 1 January 2023. UKCA marks replace CE marks in the UK...

Five Points to Negotiate in a 'Black Box' Product Development Agreement
Hanson Bridgett LLP, September 2021

  Article PDF Practical Insights Five Points to Negotiate in a 'Black Box' Product Development Agreement What is a “black box” product development agreement? How do you protect your product idea? What intellectual property can a Manufacturer expect to own? Can a Manufacturer limit a Processor’s right to work for others? What about co-manufacturing agreements? What is a “black box” product development agreement? A food

Will PLIs Give Japanese Manufacturing a Boost in India?
Kochhar & Co. Advocates & Legal Consultants, August 2021

Japan has a history of investment and joint ventures in India. Foreign direct investment from Japan increased to USD35 billion between 2000-2020, with USD10 billion worth of inbound mergers and acquisitions in 2015-2020 alone. Factors including geopolitical realignments in Asia, excess global liquidity and a new, incentive-based manufacturing regime in India mean that the economic relationship between India and Japan in high-value manufacturing is likely to expand further...

Migratory Alert
Rodrigo, Elias & Medrano Abogados, August 2021

Superintendence Resolution Nº 000170-2021-MIGRACIONES, published last August 6, provides for the repeal of Superintendence Resolution Nº 000104-2020-MIGRACIONES (hereinafter, Resolution 104) and provides the following measures: Extension of term.-The term of temporary or resident migratory statuses granted from March 16, 2020, which expired during the validity of Resolution 104, is extended until the entry into force of this resolution...

Adoption of Guideline for the Submission of Information and Final Documentation of the Port Work Accepted by the Competent Authority
Rodrigo, Elias & Medrano Abogados, July 2021

On Sunday, July 25, 2021, Resolution Nº 032-2021-CD-OSITRAN was published in the Official Gazette “El Peruano”, whereby the Guideline for the submission of information and final documentation of the port work accepted by the Competent Authority (the “Resolution 032″) was adopted...

States’ COVID-19 Immunity Statutes and Product Liability Claims Related to COVID-19
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, July 2021

Dinsmore's Chris Cashen, Anne Guillory, Chris Jackson, and Kyle Bunnell were published in dri Strictly Speaking, Vol. 18 Issue 1. Their article, "States’ COVID-19 Immunity Statutes and Product Liability Claims Related to COVID-19," examines states’ COVID-19 immunity statutes for product designers, manufacturers, and distributors concerning COVID-19-related lawsuits. An excerpt is below...

A Practical Guide to Defective Product Compensation Claims under the Consumer Protection Act
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, July 2021

The Consumer Protection Act 1987 (the CPA) was enacted almost 35 years ago in order to implement EU law. The act introduced the concept of “strict liability” into the arena of product supply to certain users. This means that consumers who are injured by defective products can sue manufacturers without having to prove negligence.  This practical guide provides an overview of the CPA for consumers and manufacturers, with reference to recent key cases...

D&O Insurer Muted by “Uncertainty” in Contract Exclusion, and “Complicated” Endorsements, in Headphone Manufacturer’s Liability Claim
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, May 2021

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a D&O liability insurer could not rely on ambiguous endorsements as a basis to deny coverage for claims brought by investors against its insured company and its CEO. Reversing the Eastern District of Missouri, the appellate court in Verto Medical Solutions LLC et al. v. Allied World Specialty Insurance Co., No. 19-3511 (8th Cir...

Patent Waiver for Covid-19 Vaccines - Necessary or Reckless?
Kochhar & Co. Advocates & Legal Consultants, May 2021

The world is in an upheaval now with the pandemic raging for over a year. The discussions and decisions that probably would never have been made a few years ago are being made today in the interest of the greater good and the public at large. When Bill Gates expressed his reservations against lifting IP protection on vaccine patents, it left the world reeling and his comments understandably criticised by experts and laymen alike...

HRSA Says Drug Manufacturers Violated 340B Program Statute
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, May 2021

On May 17, 2021, the United States Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) publicly disclosed letters which were sent to six major pharmaceutical manufacturers. HRSA’s letters expressly state that each manufacturer is currently in violation of the Federal 340B Program statute as a result of policies restricting contract pharmacies and covered entities from access to 340B Program discounted medication...

What to Expect When Selling A Manufacturing Business
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, May 2021

Knowing what to expect when going into the sale process and teaming up with experienced advisors is critical to making the sale of your business the crowning achievement of all of your hard work. This article discusses several steps in certain business sales, using a hypothetical company named ABC Manufacturing, and provides tips for success at each stage...

The State of Manufacturing in the Pacific Northwest
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, May 2021

For those of us in the dispute resolution world in construction, one cultural trait that is seen with nearly all contractors is a strong sense to do the job right. Most businesses are small, and closely held. And most contractors carry significant pride in their work product and in keeping their clients happy. That character extends not only to work in progress, but also to resolution of issues related to the work after it is complete...

Retailers Beware: “You Can’t Say Your Products are Made in the USA When [They Are] Made Elsewhere.”
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, April 2021

Gennex Media LLC, a customizable product online marketplace, and its sole officer and shareholder Akil Kurji, have agreed to an FTC consent decree resolving allegations the company falsely claimed its Brandnex novelty products were “Made in USA,” “USA MADE,” and “Manufactured Right Here in America!” when, in many instances, they were wholly imported from China...

Preliminary Injunction Puts the Freeze on New Proposition 65 Lawsuits for Acrylamide in Food
Hanson Bridgett LLP, April 2021

Food producers can breathe a sigh of relief, at least temporarily, thanks to efforts by the California Chamber of Commerce resulting in a preliminary injunction barring the State of California and all private plaintiffs from filing any new Proposition 65 lawsuits targeting acrylamide in food and beverage products. On March 31, 2021, Chief United States District Judge for the Eastern District of California, Kimberly J...

Finally! – Halloumi will Actually be Made in Cyprus, As it Should Be
Chrysostomides Advocates and Legal Consultants, April 2021

It has been a long road for everyone’s favourite cheese. The protection of halloumi cheese should have never been complicated. The firm cheese which has the unique quality of retaining its shape even when fried or grilled, has its origins in the island of Cyprus where it has been produced for many centuries...

Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy Shows Ambition
Shoosmiths LLP, March 2021

The government’s recently announced low-carbon industrial sector strategy, supported by over £1 billion in funding to cut emissions from industry and public buildings, if nothing else, shows great ambition but does it also deliver the wherewithal to achieve those objectives? It builds on the proposals in the Energy White Paper which themselves expanded upon the Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution announced by Prime Minister in November last year...

China Finally Amends its Patent Law – Part 2: Design
Deacons, February 2021

Did you know? China’s new patent law, which comes into effect on 1 June 2021, will significantly change the design patent regime and will see the introduction of partial design protection, the extension of the design patent term from 10 years to 15 years and the acceptance of domestic Chinese design patent filings as a basis for priority...

Significant Buy American Amendments are Here
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, February 2021

Aron Beezley of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP enumerates the key impacts of the Federal Acquisition Regulation Council's final rule adopting mandates of the executive order Maximizing Use of American-Made Goods, Products, and Materials. The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Council recently issued a final rule1 that implements the requirements of the Maximizing Use of American-Made Goods, Products, and Materials Executive Order...

Pocky Ruling Denies Trade Dress Protection for the Useful, Though Not Essential, Shape of Cookie
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, February 2021

In a decision that could be a game-changer for cookie and candy manufacturers, the Third Circuit has recently denied trade dress protection for the shape of the popular Pocky cookie. The Pocky is a long, thin Japanese cookie stick that is almost completely dipped in chocolate, except for the very bottom. Ezaki Glico created the Pocky in 1966 and obtained two trade dress registrations to protect the configuration of the cookie...

Tires: Decree that Sets Forth Goals and Obligations Associated to the EPR Law is Published in the Official Gazette
Carey, January 2021

On January 20, 2021, Supreme Decree No. 8/2019 of the Ministry of the Environment was published in the Official Gazette, setting forth collection and valorization goals and other associated obligations for tires in order to prevent the generation of such wastes and to promote their reuse, recycling or other types of recovery, in the context of Law 20,920 on Extended Producer Responsibility. Regulated object: tires This decree is applicable to tires introduced into the market...

State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy Adopts Resolution Regarding Responsible Person Requirements for Licensure of Terminal Distributor and Dangerous Drugs License
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2021

The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy (OBP) is required to adopt a resolution specifying the required types of credentials for the responsible person of each business type of (i) terminal distributors of dangerous drugs and (ii) distributor of dangerous drugs. Only individuals who meet the credentials specified may be the responsible person for that type of business. On Jan...

The Norwegian Supreme Court Rules on Access to Evidence in the MV "Cheshire" Litigation
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, January 2021

The underlying dispute relates to the MV «Cheshire» incident in 2017, where a cargo of fertiliser was subject to a major decomposition incident. The fertiliser that was carried on the vessel was damaged, and the vessel was declared a total loss. In February 2020, Oslo District Court ruled in favour of the cargo interests, holding the carriers  liable for the cargo loss (approx. USD 25 million) (TOSLO-2017-180657-1). The carriers have appealed the judgement...

The 2020 Investment Priorities Plan includes “Activities Relating to the Fight Against COVID-19 Pandemic”
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, December 2020

The 2020 Investment Priorities Plan (2020 IPP) has been promulgated by the Philippine President under Memorandum Order No. 50 dated November 18, 2020 (https://www.officialgazette.gov.ph/downloads/2020/11nov/20201118-MO-50-RRD.pdf), and it became effective on December 6, 2020. The IPP is issued pursuant to the Omnibus Investments Code of 1987 (Executive Order No. 226), as amended (Omnibus Investments Code)...

Ho-Ho Holiday Themed Patents
Lavery Lawyers, December 2020

 At Lavery, we spend a lot of time searching patent databases on behalf of our clients. Occasionally, we come across certain patents / applications whose cleverness and creativity make a lasting impression. At this time of year, our attention is naturally drawn to those that are holiday themed. And so, in the spirit of the holidays, we thought it would be nice to share some of them with you...

China Finally Amends its Patent Law – Part 1: Enforcement
Deacons, December 2020

Did you know? After more than a decade of discussion, China finally published the 4th amendment to the Patent Law on 17 October 2020. The amendments will come into effect on 1 June 2021. Why does this matter to you? Patent enforcement in China has long been criticised for being ineffective at deterring infringers. The new law enhances the enforcement of patent rights. The amendments introduces punitive damages in patent infringement cases...



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