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.XXX Domain Registry Begins Accepting Opt-Out Applications
Haynes and Boone, LLP, September 2011

Beginning today, September 7, 2011, owners of registered trademarks can file applications to block third parties from registering adult-oriented .XXX domains that contain their marks. This “Sunrise” period runs through October 28, 2011. Opt-out applications can be submitted using any .XXX accredited registrar. The current list of accredited registrars is available here. Registars’ fees vary but typically range from $200 to $500 per mark...

[Infographic] Key Considerations & Issues on COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout in the Lao PDR
DFDL, April 2021

As COVID-19 vaccinations roll out in the Lao PDR we take this opportunity to answer some of the key questions that are being raised by employers and employees. In our publication and at our upcoming live event, our labor experts outline the rights and obligations of employers and employees when it comes to vaccination in the Lao PDR. Get your answers by downloading the publication and by attending our 20-minute webinar...

.XXX Marks the Spot? Trademark Owners Can Block the Use of Their Marks in .XXX Domains
Haynes and Boone, LLP, June 2011

First proposed more than a decade ago, .XXX top-level domains have now been approved and will be launching shortly. The domains are intended for use by the adult entertainment industry, but for trademark owners in other industries, the potential association of their valuable brands with .XXX domains could have serious consequences. Fortunately, owners of registered trademarks can soon apply to block third parties from registering .XXX domains that contain their marks. The ...

[Infographic] Lao PDR – Data Protection Issues During the COVID-19 Control Measures
DFDL, April 2021

Quick and easily accessible guide for human resource and compliance professionals in the Lao PDR to understand the local data protection requirements. This DFDL infographic provides general guidance to HR and compliance departments as to the different steps employers should consider while collecting, monitoring and storing employees’ personal data to prevent or manage the risk of COVID-19 in the workplace...

‘Do You Yahoo!’?
Springboard Corporate Finance, April 2016

So, I confess to being old enough to remember the ‘Do You Yahoo!’ television adverts of the 1990s… A certain comb over look that was replaced by a not insubstantial afro wig, a talking dolphin – ring any bells?Regardless, for many of us Yahoo! was the place where we started our online adventures...

‘Freezing’ Bank Accounts Across Europe: The European Account Preservation Order (EAPO)
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, January 2017

accounts throughout Europe with one single order. EU Regulation 655/2014 of 15 May 2014 establishing a European Account Preservation Order procedure to facilitate cross-border debt recovery in civil and commercial matters (‘EAPO Regulation’) came into force on 17 July 2014 and applies from 18 January 2017...

‘Human’ Influenza and Its Repercussions on the Mexican Industry
Moore Orozco Medina, S.C., May 2009

a) Influenza and the social impact it had on Mexico and the World Despite the fact that mankind, especially the scientific community, already expected an influenza pandemic, as the ones that are repeated every 20-40 years, this outbreak took by surprise both Mexicans and foreigners, creating fear among citizens...

‘Retire in Dubai’ Programme Announced in Dubai
Afridi & Angell, September 2020

Afridi & Angell was pleased to have advised Dubai Tourism on the testamentary and inheritance framework in Dubai in the process leading up to the much-welcomed announcement of the ‘Retire in Dubai’ programme. The announcement, made on Wednesday 2 September 2020 offers resident expatriates and foreigners aged 55 and above an opportunity to retire in the Emirate. As part of the programme, eligible applicants will be provided a Retirement Visa, renewable every five years...

’Tis the Season for LP/LLC Year-End Planning
Haynes and Boone, LLP, December 2011

Following is a list of year-end administrative issues for Texas limited partnerships and limited liability companies (“LP/LLC”): Ensure that the LP/LLC’s activities, transactions, capital infusions (capital contributions or loan proceeds), and distributions are accurately reflected in the entity’s records; Avoid causing the LP/LLC to make any distributions not in compliance with the terms of its LP/LLC agreement or applicable law; for example, an LP/LLC should not make disproportiona

“...firm steps to end cartels” —the criminalisation of cartel activity
ENSafrica, April 2016

South African Minister of Economic Development, Ebrahim Patel, has announced that, from 1 May 2016, cartel conduct (price fixing, market allocation and collusive tendering) comprises criminal activity. Directors or persons with management responsibility who participate in cartel conduct or who are aware of cartel conduct and fail to take appropriate action can be criminally prosecuted...

“100g of Mealworm Please!” – First Insect Approved under the Novel Foods Regulation
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, May 2021

On 3 May 2021, the EU Member states approved “dried yellow mealworms” as a novel food under EU Regulation 2015/2283. According to the applicant, mealworms can be used in a broad range of food products, such as bread, cookies, or pasta. A Commission implementing regulation will follow soon, which marks the final step and formally authorises the novel food. Mealworms are the first insect species to secure clearance as a novel food but more are likely to follow...

“All Things are Ready if our Emergency Plan Be So” Dealing with Emergency Preparedness in California HOAs
Buchalter, March 2021

  The Threats California is used to wildfires. But the Golden State's record-breaking 2020 wildfire season was particularly brutal. A blistering heat wave fueled dozens of simultaneous fires – conditions that spurred Gov. Gavin Newsom to declare a statewide state of emergency. Tens of thousands of people were evacuated from their residences. But, was not – and is not – the only threats California residents face...

“Antivirus Programme” - An Instrument of Financial Assistance for Employers - New Forms of Support and Extended Deadlines (Update 03)
Kocian Solc Balastik, June 2020

Category B has been extended until the end of August 2020 and the government has approved a new form of support – Category C!   Are you considering how to maintain employment of your employees and minimize economic losses? Take a look at what financial instruments the state has prepared for entrepreneurs whose employees have been affected, directly or indirectly, by government measures taken to combat coronavirus...

“Breaking ground” to calculate mineral royalties on unrefined minerals
ENSafrica, October 2017

The 2014 changes to the South African Mineral and Petroleum Resources Royalty Act, 2008 (the “Royalty Act”) have left mining companies and extractors (“taxpayers”) in uncertain territory...

“Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD): Pros and Cons
Garrigues, July 2013

In the last few years, many multinationals are implementing in their organizations so-called “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) policies.  What is “BYOD”? It is a new trend in the management of technological infrastructure within companies where employees bring their own devices to the workplace, thereby reducing the number of devices that companies have to provide to employees, with the consequent reduction in costs...

“Control Person” Claim for Employee’s “Outside” Securities Transaction is Reinstated by Texas Appeals Court
Haynes and Boone, LLP, January 2011

Earlier this month, the Court of Appeals of Texas, Third District, Austin, reinstated a “control person” claim under the Texas Securities Act (“TSA”) against Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith Inc. related to a former broker’s allegedly fraudulent outside sales transactions. David Fernea v. Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith, Inc., No. 03-09-00566-CV (Tex. App. –Austin, Jan. 7, 2011). Allegations...

“Control” and Computer Programs – Who owns the Copyright?
ENSafrica, April 2020

On 1 April 2020, the Supreme Court of Appeal (“SCA”) granted an appeal against an order of Acting Justice Kose in the Cape Town High Court in favour of The Agricultural Research Council (ARC) (Bergh and Others v The Agricultural Research Council (Case no 93/2019) [2020] ZASCA 30). The appeal was against an order interdicting the appellants from infringing the ARC’s copyright in the BeefPro computer program and from unlawfully competing with the ARC...

“Cura Italia” Decree - Measures to Support Liquidity Through the Banking System
Gianni & Origoni, April 2020

1. Introduction The Law Decree n. 18 of 17 March 2020 (the so-called "Cura Italia" Decree, the "Decree"), providing "Measures to strengthen the national healthcare system and to economically support households, workers and enterprises in the context of the COVID-19 epidemiological emergency" has been published on the Official Gazette of the Republic of Italy no. 701 of 17 March 2020. The Decree covers mainly the following four areas of intervention: a...

“Gardening leave” and the enforceability of restraints of trade
ENSafrica, March 2016

The South African Labour Courts have, until now, not had the opportunity to consider what impact, if any, a so-called “gardening leave” provision may have on the enforceability of a restraint of trade. This issue, among others, came before the Labour Court in Johannesburg in the case ofVodacom v Godfrey Motsa and MTN Group (J74/16). Judgment was handed down by Van Niekerk J on 9 February 2016...

“Hands on China”, have you prepared your trademark strategy?
Delphi, January 2005

A trademark is any sign which, in the course of trade, can distinguish the goods or services from those of other undertakings. Trademarks are often also used as indications of a certain quality or life style (such as Lancome® trademark represents the luxury cosmetics) or as a marketing tool (such as the IKEA® and VOLVO® marks, which are featured not only on furniture but also on their services)...

“Get off your ass” isn’t offensive
ENSafrica, May 2016

ENSafrica successfully represented Virgin Active in a South African Advertising Standards Authority (“ASA”) matter, regarding a Virgin Active TV advertisement that used the expression “get off your ass”. The case in question is S Jack & others v Virgin Active South Africa (Pty) Ltd, and the ruling was handed down on 26 February 2016. The point of the advertisement was to persuade people to start working out at Virgin Active gyms...

“I’m Here Live, I’m Not a Cat”
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

Many of us chuckled at the viral video of a Texan lawyer who appeared at a remote court hearing as a cat. This unfortunate filter mishap does, however, act as a warning to all lawyers to check their settings before attending remote hearings as it looks like they are here to stay. Over the last 12 months, the use of virtual court hearings has sky-rocketed (perhaps unsurprisingly) in the wake of the COVID pandemic...

“If I've Told You Once, I've Told You Eight Times…” HHS OIG Issues Another Audit Report on Hospitals’ Failure to Report Credits for Explanted Cardiac Devices and Lays the Groundwork Collection of Over
Verrill, November 2020

Each year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issues dozens of audit reports. While each is important in its own way, some stand out with language that appears to reflect OIG’s fraying patience and may lay the groundwork for possible future enforcement action. A report issued on November 16, 2020, falls into this category...

“In-house exemption” and “Capacity Awaps”: Clarity and New Clouds
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, July 2009

In two recent cases (Coditel and Stadtreinigung Hamburg), the ECJ dealt with the so-called “in-house exemption” in procurement matters...

“Micro Entity” Status Benefits Are Limited
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, December 2012

The America Invents Act of 2011 (AIA) authorizes the U.S. Patent Office to create a new third tier of fees for patent prosecution and maintenance — "Micro Entity Status" — where fees may be reduced by up to 75 percent. Micro entities are eligible to pay fees 50 percent lower than those paid by small entities and 75 percent lower than those paid by large entities...



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