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Federal Court of Appeal overturns cefaclor damages decision on prejudgment interest issue
Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh
  • Intellectual Property
  • Canada
  • 21 January 2019

The Federal Court of Appeal recently allowed in part Apotex's appeal of a decision awarding Eli Lilly over C$100 million for Apotex's infringement of eight process patents relating to the antibiotic cefaclor. The court remitted the decision to the Federal Court for reconsideration solely on the issue of interest.

Totality of impression and test of average consumer in trademark infringement
Vellani & Vellani
  • Intellectual Property
  • Pakistan
  • 21 January 2019

The Sindh High Court recently overturned a registrar of trademarks' decision following an appeal by Moonlite Trading and rejected MF Enterprises' application to register its infringing FASTER BLACK COBRA mark. The decision applied the concept of totality of impression and the average consumer test to ascertain whether the registration of the FASTER BLACK COBRA mark would infringe Moonlite Trading's COBRA mark.

Use of competitor's trademark in keyword advertising deemed non-actionable
Lee and Li Attorneys at Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Taiwan
  • 21 January 2019

The Taipei District Court recently upheld the established case law on companies' use of competitors' trademarks in keyword advertising. In general, the courts deem the use of a trademark non-actionable if it does not appear in the actual ad (ie, someone using the search terms would not assume that the ad belongs to the trademark owner). However, even if a competitor's trademark is not used in a company's ad, its use in keyword advertising might be considered a violation of the Fair Trade Act.

UKBAY v eBay – opposition based on eBay's earlier rights
Taylor Wessing
  • Intellectual Property
  • United Kingdom
  • 21 January 2019

A UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) opposition was recently brought by eBay Inc against an application by the games company SC Zumedia Games SRL to register a figurative trademark. eBay relied on two earlier registered UK word marks for EBAY in Classes 35, 38 and 41 and figurative EU trademarks in various classes. While the UKIPO accepted that eBay has a protectable goodwill, it was satisfied that there was no likelihood that a substantial number of eBay's customers would be misrepresented.

Central Bank announces 2019 default interest rate for commercial agreements
Acar & Ergonen Law Firm
  • Company & Commercial
  • Turkey
  • 21 January 2019

Each January, the Central Bank determines and announces the default interest to be applied where parties fail to agree on such interest or when their agreement is or becomes invalid. According to the Central Bank's recent announcement in the Official Gazette, default interest has been set at 21.25% as of 1 January 2019, compared with 10.75% in 2018.

Crowdsourcing and IP considerations
  • Intellectual Property
  • International
  • 21 January 2019

Crowdsourcing can be an exciting and cost-effective way for businesses not only to keep up with the latest consumer trends and preferences, but also to maintain a competitive edge in their existing market and beyond. However, ideas crowdsourcing may also expose businesses to IP risks. An idea or concept that is not properly managed may cause more harm than good to product and services R&D efforts. Therefore, it is crucial to have proper IP protection in place before undertaking crowdsourcing activities.

Brazilian enforcement in 2019: what to expect
Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados
  • White Collar Crime
  • Brazil
  • 21 January 2019

The new year started with a new government taking office. Naturally, this has led many to speculate what the government's priorities and policies will be. In particular, enforcement policies are receiving more attention than during previous inaugurations, largely due to the widespread corruption scandal following Operation Car Wash and the appointment of Sergio Moro (former lead judge overseeing Operation Car Wash) as the minister of justice.

Federal courts opine on disputed family names
Nater Dallafior Rechtsanwälte AG
  • Intellectual Property
  • Switzerland
  • 21 January 2019

The Federal Supreme Court and the Federal Administrative Court recently handed down conflicting decisions in two ostensibly similar cases concerning disputed family names. The cases demonstrate that while the use of family names in company names is permissible even if the family name is part of an older name of a company active in the same industry, no equivalent rule exists in trademark law.

2019 AGM season – Investment Association sets the bar
Squire Patton Boggs
  • Company & Commercial
  • United Kingdom
  • 21 January 2019

The Investment Association recently published its annual letter to remuneration committee chairs and updated its principles of remuneration for the next annual general meeting season. The key changes to the principles mostly reflect the new UK Corporate Governance Code and specifically address malus and clawback provisions, shareholding requirements and post-employment holding periods, pensions and restricted shares.

All change for network charging – Ofgen launches significant code review
CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • United Kingdom
  • 21 January 2019

Ofgem recently published its decision to launch a significant code review (SCR) into the electricity network access and forward-looking charging arrangements. The decision sets out the scope and guiding principles for the SCR, along with a timeline for the process. The aims of the SCR include encouraging the better use of existing network capacity and minimising future network costs.

New tax exemptions and allowances for film and audiovisual production industry
Elias Neocleous & Co LLC
  • Corporate Tax
  • Cyprus
  • 18 January 2019

The Income Tax Law was recently amended to provide an exemption of up to 50% for income derived from the production of films, series and other relevant audiovisual media. In addition, small enterprises may claim an annual deduction of 20% of the cost of cinematographic infrastructure and technological equipment, provided that it has been used in Cyprus for at least five years.

Debt enforcement and bankruptcy law revisions enter into force
Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law Ltd
  • Insolvency & Restructuring
  • Switzerland
  • 18 January 2019

A number of revisions to the Private International Law Act and the Debt Enforcement Bankruptcy Act recently entered into force. The revisions aim to improve and facilitate the recognition and enforcement of foreign bankruptcy rulings and enhance protection against unjustified debt enforcement proceedings. Significantly, Swiss law now recognises foreign bankruptcies opened at the bankrupt's seat, registered office or centre of main interest.

EUR wrong: when sterling means euros
Allen & Overy LLP
  • Banking
  • United Kingdom
  • 18 January 2019

The High Court recently used interpretation rather than rectification to fix an unhappily drafted loan agreement for "Seven Million Five Hundred Pounds [sic] (£7,500,000) to be drawn down in Euros". The dispute concerned whether the amount owed was in sterling or euros.

Cyberspace Administration of China issues regulations for financial information service providers
AnJie Law Firm
  • Tech, Data, Telecoms & Media
  • China
  • 18 January 2019

The Cyberspace Administration of China recently issued the Administrative Regulations on the Provision of Financial Information Services. Under the regulations, parties must obtain the corresponding permits before they can provide various financial information services. Further, service providers must establish service specifications regarding information content auditing, data retention, information security and personal information and IP protection.

Volcker Rule: agencies propose to implement community bank exemption and revise name-sharing rule
Sidley Austin LLP
  • Banking
  • USA
  • 18 January 2019

The five US federal agencies responsible for implementing the Volcker Rule have individually released a related notice of proposed rulemaking. The notice proposes amendments to the Volcker Rule regulations that would implement two statutory changes required by the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act. Comments in response to the notice must be received by the agencies within 60 days of its publication in the Federal Register.

Important judgment for taxpayers regarding trading stock valuation
Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr
  • Corporate Tax
  • South Africa
  • 18 January 2019

The Supreme Court of Appeal recently determined whether the net realisable value of taxpayers' trading stock should be accepted as representing the value of the trading stock held and not disposed of at the end of the respective assessment years. This judgment will undoubtedly have a far-reaching and profound impact on how taxpayers and the South African Revenue Service consider, interpret and apply Section 22(1)(a) of the Income Tax Act.

Price increases expected following VAT changes
Gorodissky & Partners
  • Corporate Tax
  • Russia
  • 18 January 2019

The basic value added tax (VAT) rate recently increased from 18% to 20%. The new rate will apply to all goods, works and services which are sold, performed or provided from 1 January 2019. In addition, several estimated tax rates have also been amended. As entities are expected to reflect the increased VAT rate in the price of their goods, economists predict a rise in prices associated with the increase in early 2019.

New cybersecurity rules for banks
Hogan Lovells BSTL SC
  • Banking
  • Mexico
  • 18 January 2019

The Ministry of Finance and Public Credit recently published a resolution in the Official Gazette modifying the general regulations that apply to banks. The resolution responds to the need to strengthen the regulatory framework applicable to banks, particularly with regard to cybersecurity and technological infrastructure. It also aims to guarantee the confidentiality, integrity and availability of customer information.

Court of appeal declares notice to arbitrate null due to its attempt to achieve consolidation without consent
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Arbitration & ADR
  • Canada
  • 17 January 2019

The British Columbia Court of Appeal recently declared a notice to arbitrate a nullity because it sought to commence four separate arbitrations against three different parties under four separate arbitration agreements. Practitioners and parties entering into multiple contracts relating to the same subject matter or project should consider whether it is desirable to have all potential disputes which arise under the multiple contracts arbitrated in one proceeding.

Electronics and product compliance: perils of complex supply chains
Burges Salmon LLP
  • Product Regulation & Liability
  • United Kingdom
  • 17 January 2019

The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) was created in January 2018 by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and is tasked with improving protections for consumers and the environment and driving increased productivity, growth and business confidence. A recent case put before the OPSS demonstrates the importance of consumer product manufacturers' control not just over their manufacturing processes, but also throughout the supply chain.

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