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Christine Genge

Canada nears end of project to modernise patent, trademark and industrial design laws

Intellectual Property - Canada
Smart & Biggar

Canada's recent accession to the Patent Law Treaty marks the near completion of its long and ambitious journey to modernise its patent, trademark and industrial design laws and harmonise its IP laws with its most important trading partners worldwide.

Megan Beal

Constructively dismissed? Maybe, but get back to work

Employment & Benefits - Canada

A recent decision reaffirms that employees must return to work following a constructive dismissal to mitigate the damages that they caused where doing so would not be embarrassing, humiliating or degrading.

Kay C Georgi

Not a full-on embargo, but decision to freeze government assets makes trade with Venezuela tricky

International Trade - USA
Arent Fox LLP

President Trump recently signed an executive order, freezing all assets in which the Venezuelan government has an interest that are in US hands and prohibiting US persons from conducting transactions with the Venezuelan government, unless specifically exempted or authorised.

Raphael Mellerio

Franchisor's change of control and its impact on renewing existing franchise contracts

Franchising - France
Aramis Law Firm

The Paris Court of Appeal recently held that a franchisor had not breached its duty of loyalty towards its franchisee in reorganising its business following its change of control.

Man Mohan Sharma

CCI cedes jurisdiction to decide abuse of dominance complaint against NSE

Competition & Antitrust - India
Vaish Associates Advocates

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) recently decided not to investigate allegations that the National Stock Exchange had abused its dominant position due to a potential jurisdictional conflict with the Securities Exchange Board of India.

Simon J Little

Private M&A on trial: interpreting private M&A sale and purchase provisions

Corporate Finance/M&A - United Kingdom
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Two recent High Court of Justice decisions provide guidance on the interpretation of provisions customarily included in sale and purchase agreements for the acquisition of private companies or businesses.



Three’s a crowd? Third-party arbitration funding

Arbitration & ADR / Canada, Cyprus, Greece, India, Netherlands, Poland, United Kingdom


Uber-complex: regulating ride-hail services

Shipping & Transport / Finland, USA


Competition and antitrust in the digital age

Competition & Antitrust / Bulgaria, Czech Republic, European Union, Hungary, Mexico, Pakistan, Poland, Slovenia, Switzerland, Turkey