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Kevin Graham

Protection of functional features through industrial designs

Intellectual Property - Canada
Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh

A recent Federal Court of Appeal decision is a helpful reminder that industrial design protection for the visual features of a useful article is broad in scope and can extend to functional features of the article, provided that they are not dictated solely by function.

Marco Abramo Lanza

Main provisions of Patent Box regime

Corporate Tax - Italy
Studio Legale Tributario Biscozzi Nobili

The government introduced a 'Patent Box' tax regime for the first time in 2014.

Vilma Toshie Kutomi

Supreme Court rules IDTR index to apply for adjustments of labour debts

Employment & Benefits - Brazil
Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados

The Supreme Court recently suspended the effects of the Superior Labour Court's decision which made the Special Extended Consumer Price Index the applicable index to adjust outstanding labour-related debts.

Marc Goethals

"Freeze!" Obtaining pre-judgment attachments

Litigation - Netherlands

The Dutch legal system for pre-judgment attachments is simple, fast, inexpensive and effective.

Emeka Akabogu

Legal compliance for transporting crude oil

Shipping & Transport - Nigeria
Akabogu & Associates

The recent banning of certain oil tankers from trading in Nigeria was a shock for the industry.

Lucía Ojeda Cárdenas

FTI finds Televisa not dominant in pay television market

Competition & Antitrust - Mexico
SAI Consultores SC

Following an investigation of the pay television market in 2,124 municipalities across Mexico, the plenum of the Federal Telecommunications Institute has ruled that Televisa is not a dominant agent in any of the relevant markets.



Insolvency and licences

Insolvency & Restructuring / Luxembourg, United Kingdom


Climate change as a driver of change

Environment & Climate Change / Brazil, Sweden


The brave new world of Bitcoin

Banking / Austria, Canada, Japan, Luxembourg, Nigeria, Sweden