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Philip Lapin

No more chasing rainbows: advantages of black and white when filing Canadian trademark applications

Intellectual Property - Canada
Smart & Biggar

Some foreign brand owners may be surprised to learn that in Canada, when seeking to protect design (or figurative) marks, it is sometimes better to register marks in black and white in cases where the marks would normally be displayed in colour.

Anke C Sessler

Right to be heard in arbitral proceedings – recent case law on set-aside proceedings

Arbitration & ADR - Germany
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP

The right to be heard is a universally accepted principle which the Federal Constitutional Court has described as a 'primordial procedural right'.

John Pearson

Come hell, high water or pandemic – COVID-19 will not frustrate aircraft lease agreements

Aviation - United Kingdom
Vedder Price PC

The Commercial Court recently rejected an airline's argument that the COVID-19 pandemic had frustrated its aircraft lease agreements and that it was therefore relieved of its contractual obligation to make rent payments.

David Schwartz

Patentability of diagnostic methods – has the Patent Office drawn the line?

Healthcare & Life Sciences - Canada
Smart & Biggar

IP offices have long grappled with whether a medical diagnostic constitutes a traditionally patentable concrete or physical method or instead is merely an unpatentable and intangible abstract idea.

Sascha Dethof

FCO begins operating competition register: excluding companies from public procurement procedures

Competition & Antitrust - Germany
Fieldfisher

The Federal Cartel Office has begun operating the competition register.

Christoph Jirak

New ruling expands environmental organisations' rights in nature conservation procedures

Environment & Climate Change - Austria
Schoenherr

In 2020 the Higher Administrative Court issued an interesting ruling regarding the party status of environmental organisations (EOs).

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Corporate and commercial: trends and issues

Corporate & Commercial / Cyprus, India, Italy

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Open banking – revolution or risk?

Banking & Financial Services / Nigeria

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Aviation industry trends

Aviation / Argentina, Bahamas, Brazil, France, Germany, Israel, Peru