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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...

WEBINAR - Online intellectual property threats and best practices amid Covid-19 in the Asia Pacific region
Shearn Delamore & Co., February 2021

Dear valued clients, colleagues and business partners, You are invited to join a remarkable panel of speakers who will discuss some of the latest trends in online infringement related to Covid-19 pandemic and best practices for developing a sound brand protection strategy for your intellectual property...

COVID-19 Measures in Dubai and Abu Dhabi
Afridi & Angell, February 2021

New measures to curb the “second wave” of COVID-19 cases have been introduced by the Dubai Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management (the Dubai Committee) and the Abu Dhabi Emergency Crisis and Disasters Committee for COVID-19 Pandemic (the Abu Dhabi Committee)...

Why Indemnification Provisions Are Too Important to Leave to the Lawyers
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, February 2021

The Oil Can published an article by Dinsmore partner Mark Boos this week in its Spring 2021 edition about the importance of indemnification provisions are essential in commercial contracts, an excerpt of which is below. Indemnification provisions are part of virtually every commercial contract. Ironically, they’re also among the contract elements most likely to be overlooked by the parties...

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...

Major Changes Coming to Prop 65 “Short-Form” Warnings
Buchalter, February 2021

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has proposed sweeping changes to the popular “short-form” Proposition 65 warning. On January 8, 2021, OEHHA issued a proposal to amend Article 6 “Clear and Reasonable Warnings” Section 25601. This Article sets forth “safe harbor” warning methods, including warnings for consumer product exposures...

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...

Murky Waters: Assessing EPA’s Draft Guidance on Groundwater Regulation After the Maui County Decision
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, February 2021

Late last year, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued a draft guidance intended to assist regulated entities and permitting authorities in applying the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in County of Maui, Hawaii v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund, concerning Clean Water Act (“CWA”) jurisdiction over discharges to groundwater...

Environmental, Bioeconomy: Payment for Environmental Services
Veirano Advogados, January 2021

Following the bioeconomy trend, the National Policy of Payment for Environmental Services was published, establishing the payment for services that benefit the maintenance, recovery and improvement of ecosystemic services, such as provision services (e.g. water supply), and regulation services (e.g. climatic change programs). On January 14, 2021, the Federal Law No. 14,119 ("Law") establishing the National Policy of Payment for Environmental Services ("PNPSA") was published...

2021 Predictions: What’s on the Horizon for the Environment?
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

This year it may be easier to predict developments in environmental law and policy than in 2020. The main reason for that is that there are several key developments that should have happened in 2020 but didn’t because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Here are our top five predictions. 1. The Environment Bill The Environment Bill is a key piece of legislation that establishes a post-Brexit environmental governance framework for England...

Bankruptcy and Insolvency – New Reporting Requirements for Lands Used for Specified Industrial or Commercial Activities
Lawson Lundell LLP, January 2021

On February 1, 2021, amendments to B.C.’s Environmental Management Act will come into effect that will introduce new reporting requirements in relation to lands that have been used for specified commercial or industrial uses (the Stage 13 Amendments)...

British Columbia Contaminated Sites – New Requirements Start Feb. 1, 2021
Lawson Lundell LLP, January 2021

On February 1, 2021, new reporting requirements in British Columbia will apply to owners and operators of lands that have been used for specified commercial and industrial uses. These reporting requirements will also trigger environmental investigation requirements to determine whether or not the lands are contaminated. While the B.C...

Redevelopment of Land in B.C. – New Contaminated Sites Reporting Requirements
Lawson Lundell LLP, January 2021

On February 1, 2021, amendments to B.C.’s Environmental Management Act and the Contaminated Sites Regulation (the Stage 13 Amendments) will come into effect which will affect the application process for redevelopment of lands formerly used for specified industrial or commercial uses...

California Proposes Significant Change to Limit Use of Short-Form Proposition 65 Warning For Consumer Products
Hanson Bridgett LLP, January 2021

Article PDFJust when businesses thought they had figured out their Proposition 65 compliance strategies, the State of California, through the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), has proposed a substantial change that will drastically limit the use of the short-form safe harbor warning first authorized in 2018...

Five Things to Know when Considering Urban Redevelopment in Tennessee
Waller, January 2021

Tennessee’s urban centers continue to be attractive markets for investment in residential, office and mixed-use developments. While most sophisticated real estate developers and investors are aware of land use and zoning requirements associated with projects in heavily regulated urban centers, many may not be aware of certain environmental issues that can derail a project.  “Urban soil” is different...

2021 Predictions: Restructuring and Insolvency
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

There were big changes in 2020 in the world of restructuring and insolvency legislation with the introduction of two new restructuring tools: the Moratorium and the Restructuring Plan, as well as the reintroduction of Crown preference. However, due to the government-imposed moratorium while the pandemic runs its course, we have seen hardly any real effects of those reforms...

Significant Changes Proposed for Nationwide Permitting
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, January 2021

2020 was a year of unprecedented circumstances and change, and more change is coming in 2021—this time, in the form of significant modifications to the nationwide permitting program. On September 15, 2020, the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) published a notice of proposed rulemaking to reissue and modify nationwide permits (NWPs), ahead of the usual five-year reauthorization schedule for the current 2017 NWPs...

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...

Brexit and Your Marks in the UK: A Brief Report
Shearn Delamore & Co., January 2021

The Brexit transition came to an end on 31 December 2020. Moving forward, the EU rules of law and legal system will no longer bind the UK, including for intellectual property matters...

Pre-Trial Injunction - Preservation of the Status Quo
Shearn Delamore & Co., January 2021

A case note by Elyse Diong Tze Mei. INTRODUCTION The recent case of Bellini Resources (M) Sdn Bhd v Mohamad Zaini bin Md Taha1 sets out the criteria for the preservation of the status quo pending trial where the ownership of a trade mark is in dispute...

The BCA Suspects Caudalie of Imposing Minimum Resale Prices on its Distributors
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, January 2021

Over the last 4 years, the Belgian Competition Authority (“BCA”) has increasingly scrutinised anticompetitive restraints in vertical agreements and assessed these restraints under Article IV.1 of the Belgian Code of Economic Law and Article 101 TFEU...

Improper CBD Product Marketing Lands in FDA’s Crosshairs
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2021

On Dec. 22, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued warning letters to five companies for violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) related to the sale of cannabidiol (CBD) products.[i] CBD is the primary non-psychotropic compound in Cannabis sativa plant. The FDA stated the companies who were served warning letters illegally marketed CBD products for the treatment or prevention of medical conditions, including COVID-19...

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...

NEPA in the Ninth Circuit: A Rare Look at Impacts to Redwood Forests and "Downstream" Carbon Emissions
Hanson Bridgett LLP, December 2020

Key Points In a rare move, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals published two opinions about subjects that are hardly ever discussed in the court's published National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) decisions. For the first time in more than three decades, the court examined impacts to an old-growth redwood forest, and for the first time since 2016, the court examined indirect (downstream) carbon emissions. In Bair v...

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)...

 

 

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