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Impact of COVID-19 on patent ecosystem
Reinhold Cohn Group
  • Intellectual Property
  • Israel
  • 08 June 2020

The COVID-19 crisis has had a major impact on the patent ecosystem in Israel, including in relation to eminent domain, cooperation and collaboration between governments and companies, the distribution of patent filings and Israel Patent Office admin. As the crisis has removed most (if not all) of the barriers that until now have prevented people from working remotely, it is a possible solution that could help overloaded patent examiners in the months ahead.

COVID-19 Weekly Report (1-7 June 2020)
International Law Office
  • Employment & Immigration
  • International
  • 08 June 2020

The impact of COVID-19 is being felt in almost every work area across the globe. In order to keep readers abreast of this evolving situation, ILO's COVID-19 Weekly Report provides insight into the major legal developments of the past seven days, as well as a round-up of our panel of experienced international legal commentators' legislative and regulatory guidance.

New rules on customs seizures: Norway aligns with European Union
Advokatfirmaet Hjort
  • Intellectual Property
  • Norway
  • 08 June 2020

Norway is introducing new rules on customs seizures of goods that infringe IP rights. The new rules are likely to take effect from January 2021 and are more aligned with the comparable EU rules than the current Norwegian regulations. Nonetheless, Norway will not become part of the EU-wide system for submitting and handling applications for border seizures.

FRC updates company guidance on reporting exceptional or similar items and alternative performance measures
Cooley LLP
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • USA
  • 08 June 2020

The Financial Reporting Council recently published an updated version of its guidance for companies on corporate governance and reporting during the COVID-19 crisis to include new sections on exceptional or similar items and alternative performance measures.

De facto administrators and criminal liability
Grieco e Associati
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • Italy
  • 08 June 2020

The Court of Cassation recently outlined the main features of de facto administrators. The court highlighted that a de facto director is burdened with the entire range of duties to which a de jure administrator is subject. Thus, should the necessary objective and subjective requirements apply, a de facto administrator is criminally responsible for their conduct which breaches criminal standards as if they were a de jure administrator.

Platform Interior Solutions Ltd v ISG Construction Ltd
Fenwick Elliott Solicitors
  • Projects, Construction & Infrastructure
  • United Kingdom
  • 08 June 2020

In a recent application, Platform tried to enforce an adjudicator's decision in the sum of £420,000 plus value added tax. In the adjudication, ISG had challenged Platform's case that ISG had repudiated the subcontract, saying instead that Platform's own purported rescission of the subcontract was unlawful with the result that ISG's termination was itself valid. The adjudicator found in favour of ISG on termination and went on to decide the value of any sums payable as a result of that decision.

What now of the Faustian bargain? Moro's exit and its impact on anti-corruption efforts
Hogan Lovells
  • White Collar Crime
  • Brazil
  • 08 June 2020

The resignation of former Operation Car Wash judge and world-renowned anti-corruption crusader Sergio Moro as minister of justice and public safety has sent shockwaves throughout Brazil's political class. Easily the Bolsonaro administration's most recognised and admired cabinet member, Moro's departure via a televised press conference, where he accused the president of trying to interfere in ongoing investigations involving his family members, was likely not how he had envisioned his tenure ending.

SPC releases draft documents on enforcement of IP judgments
Wanhuida Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property
  • China
  • 08 June 2020

In response to the Sino-American trade agreement signed in January 2020, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) recently issued a notice soliciting public opinions on two documents concerning the enforcement of IP judgments. The promulgation of the SPC's documents may allow the judiciary to review the entire enforcement regime to further clarify and simplify not only enforcement procedures, but also bankruptcy procedures.

Trademark fluidity – not only humans are social distancing
GEVERS
  • Intellectual Property
  • International
  • 08 June 2020

Only a few weeks ago, the phrase 'social distancing' was not part of daily conversations. However, in the context of the current COVID-19 crisis, it is on everyone's lips and is now one of the most well-known measures introduced to limit the spread of COVID-19. In order to stay relevant in these strange times, a number of brands have temporarily adapted or modified their trademarks and logos to reinforce the importance of complying with the health guidelines.

COVID-19 Weekly Report (1-7 June 2020)
International Law Office
  • Litigation
  • International
  • 08 June 2020

The impact of COVID-19 is being felt in almost every work area across the globe. In order to keep readers abreast of this evolving situation, ILO's COVID-19 Weekly Report provides insight into the major legal developments of the past seven days, as well as a round-up of our panel of experienced international legal commentators' legislative and regulatory guidance.

COVID-19 Weekly Report (1-7 June 2020)
International Law Office
  • Private Client & Offshore Services
  • International
  • 08 June 2020

The impact of COVID-19 is being felt in almost every work area across the globe. In order to keep readers abreast of this evolving situation, ILO's COVID-19 Weekly Report provides insight into the major legal developments of the past seven days, as well as a round-up of our panel of experienced international legal commentators' legislative and regulatory guidance.

COVID-19 Weekly Report (1-7 June 2020)
International Law Office
  • Competition & Antitrust
  • International
  • 08 June 2020

The impact of COVID-19 is being felt in almost every work area across the globe. In order to keep readers abreast of this evolving situation, ILO's COVID-19 Weekly Report provides insight into the major legal developments of the past seven days, as well as a round-up of our panel of experienced international legal commentators' legislative and regulatory guidance.

COVID-19 Weekly Report (1-7 June 2020)
International Law Office
  • Insolvency & Restructuring
  • International
  • 08 June 2020

The impact of COVID-19 is being felt in almost every work area across the globe. In order to keep readers abreast of this evolving situation, ILO's COVID-19 Weekly Report provides insight into the major legal developments of the past seven days, as well as a round-up of our panel of experienced international legal commentators' legislative and regulatory guidance.

Significant insolvency reform for United Kingdom: Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill
Taylor Wessing
  • Insolvency & Restructuring
  • United Kingdom
  • 05 June 2020

The much-anticipated Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill was published on 20 May 2020. The proposed legislation is split into two broad categories: temporary provisions brought about as a result of COVID-19 and permanent provisions which will result in fundamental changes to UK insolvency law. The proposals, both temporary and permanent, reflect a shift towards a more debtor-friendly regime.

IRS flexes its administrative summons power in recent tax case
McDermott Will & Emery
  • Corporate Tax
  • USA
  • 05 June 2020

A recent US Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit decision underlines the Internal Revenue Service's ability to obtain information that it needs to examine taxpayers' returns using its powerful summons tool. To be successful in defending against a summons, taxpayers must ensure that they have a strong case – for example, non-disclosure based upon a privilege claim.

California attorney general submits CCPA regulations for approval
Hogan Lovells
  • Tech, Data, Telecoms & Media
  • USA
  • 05 June 2020

The California attorney general recently submitted the final text of the California Consumer Privacy Act regulations to the California Office of Administrative Law for approval. Although regulations submitted to the Office of Administrative Law in June 2020 ordinarily would not become effective – if approved – until 1 October 2020, the attorney general has requested an expedited review.

Latest MELANI report – most important cyber incidents in second half of 2019
Walder Wyss
  • Tech, Data, Telecoms & Media
  • Switzerland
  • 05 June 2020

The Reporting and Analysis Centre for Information Assurance recently published its latest semi-annual report regarding the most important cyber incidents and cyber risks of the second half of 2019 in Switzerland and abroad. The report contains several practical recommendations for individuals and companies to improve their protection against cyberattacks.

COVID-19: restructuring and corporate recovery measures
Ogier
  • Insolvency & Restructuring
  • Jersey
  • 05 June 2020

Most employees in the Jersey financial services industry are working from home and there has been no interruption to business continuity for the sector due to the COVID-19 crisis. Further, the Jersey Financial Services Commission has confirmed that while its physical premises are closed, a flexible business continuity strategy is being implemented. This article sets out potential insolvency reforms which may be implemented in the financial services sector with respect to local, regulated and international business.

New minimum wage regime
Rato, Ling, Lei & Cortés Advogados
  • Private Client & Offshore Services
  • Macau
  • 04 June 2020

Amid the global COVID-19 crisis, the Legislative Assembly has approved Law 5/2020 on workers' minimum wage, which aims to protect workers and avoid overly low salaries. The new law has expressly revoked the minimum wage for cleaners and security workers in the property administration industry and is the first almost-universal regulation to set a minimum wage in Macau.

Grand Court successfully responds to COVID-19 challenges
Ogier
  • Private Client & Offshore Services
  • Cayman Islands
  • 04 June 2020

The substantive hearing of a winding-up petition which was successfully conducted via videoconferencing shows that the Grand Court is responding effectively to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Grand Court's apparent seamless adaptation to these challenging times is a testament to its well-established technological capabilities, given that judges have frequently presided over interlocutory hearings by video link from abroad in the past.

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