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NAFTA and the New Trump Administration: Your Top Ten Questions Answered

With the recent U.S. election finally reaching its close, the unexpected election of Mr. Trump has left many multinational companies wondering how the change in administration will impact their business operations. One of the...more

NAPABA Has a Lobby Day and So Should You!

A “lobby day” is an event hosted by a non-governmental organization, usually on a select day and an annual basis, where its members meet personally with elected officials to advocate and explain support for legislation that...more

UK To Ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement Despite the Brexit Vote

The UK will ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement despite the Brexit vote, it was announced yesterday. It is unclear whether this marks the start of a long participation of the UK in this 40-years-in-the-making unifying...more

Brexit round-up (construction focus)

It's been five months since the UK voted to leave the EU. Whichever way you look at the vote's after-effects, whether in economic, political, legal or constitutional terms, we are entrenched in a period of uncertainty – a...more

The UK decides to ratify the UPC Agreement: the UPC and Unitary Patent to proceed in 2017

As we have reported previously, it had been thought that the UK’s vote on June 23, 2016 to leave the European Union would delay the commencement of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) and the introduction of the unitary patent....more

Unexpected Post-Brexit IP Development: UK is to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement

On 28 November 2016, the UK Government made a surprising announcement at the meeting of the Competitiveness Council (an EU institution), stating that it intends to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement, marking its first...more

Major changes in the Polish VAT regulations as of 1 January 2017

On 16 November 2016 the Sejm (lower chamber of the Parliament) adopted a bill to amend the VAT Act and certain other statutory laws, calling for numerous changes in the VAT Act and the Criminal Fiscal Code, among other laws....more

The UK to Ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement

The UK government announced on November 28, 2016 that it will proceed to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA). The announcement comes after months of uncertainty over the future of the UPCA following the UK’s vote...more

Single Market Withdrawal : a new legal challenge to Brexit for the UK government

Should Parliament have a say over whether Britain could remain in the European Economic Area? Introduction - The UK Government faces yet another challenge over its determination to take the UK out of the EU and the...more

Bennett Jones Fall 2016 Economic Outlook

This Fall Outlook has four sections. The first section describes the main aspects of the "new normal" of low growth that has prevailed for advanced economies in the last six years of economic recovery. The second section...more

U.S. Lumber Producers Target Softwood Lumber Imports from Canada; Bilateral Negotiations Reinvigorated

Following a recent breakdown of bilateral negotiations, a group of U.S. companies calling itself COALITION (Committee Overseeing Action for Lumber International Trade or Negotiations) filed antidumping (AD) and countervailing...more

¿Es Viable un TPP sin Estados Unidos?

El Tratado de Asociación Transpacífico (TPP) es un ambicioso acuerdo de libre comercio con 30 capítulos que abarcan una amplia gama de disciplinas relacionadas con el comercio, imponiendo estándares más estrictos sobre...more

Are you prepared for the impact of Brexit on your supply chain?

In today's fast paced global economy, success or failure is often determined by the performance of the supply chain. Whether it be speed to market, raw material sourcing, access to new markets, or cost control, the supply...more

What the Trump Presidency Means for the Environment

To the victor belong the spoils, and President-elect Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election (get used to it) and Republican Congressional control will significantly impact environmental programs and priorities...more

Forecasting the Trump Administration's First 100 Days

With the 2016 election in the rearview mirror, manufacturers must be mindful of the early initiatives you can expect from Congress and the new administration. With a return to one-party rule, the coming congressional term is...more

Saudi Arabia Update - November 2016

Special Labor Courts Launching Soon - The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) and the Supreme Judicial Council have finally stepped forward with launching the special labor courts in Saudi Arabia, which are expected to begin...more

EU Reaches Final Agreement on Conflict Minerals Regulation – An Overview

On November 22, the EU Council, Commission and Parliament reached an informal final agreement on a conflict minerals regulation. Last week’s agreement builds upon the “political agreement” reached during June....more

Data Breach Notification In the EU: A Comparison of US and Soon-To-Be EU Law

In the United States Congress has repeatedly attempted, but failed, to agree on federal data breach notification legislation. As a result, there is no single federal statute that imposes a breach notification obligation on...more

Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership Still Possible Without the United States?

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is an ambitious free trade agreement with 30 chapters covering a wide range of disciplines related to trade, imposing higher standards on existing disciplines and incorporating new ones....more

UK announces intention to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement

The UK Government yesterday announced that its plans to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement (“UPCA”) will not be derailed by Brexit. The UK Minister of State for Intellectual Property, Baroness Neville Rolfe, made the...more

The Future of NAFTA: Rip it up or Renegotiate?

During the campaign season, candidate Donald Trump railed against the North American Free Trade Agreement, more commonly known as NAFTA. He decried it as the “single worst trade deal ever approved in this country” and...more

Brexit: Impact on data protection

Following the UK's vote to leave the European Union, we consider the potential implications for data protection compliance. ...more

Recent Developments on Review of Foreign Investment into Germany: Is the German Government Tightening the Rules?

A brief orientation on the German foreign investment approval procedure - Highlights - - For the first time ever the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has withdrawn an already granted...more

U.S.-Russia Business Climate Likely to Change Under Trump Presidency

Donald Trump’s election has the potential to significantly reshape U.S.-Russia relations, but whether any change occurs will depend largely on his willingness to offer Russia a clean slate and whether the U.S. Congress...more

What Does the Promised Trade War Mean for Companies?

President-elect Donald Trump has promised action that could drastically change the rules for U.S. importers and exporters, foreign shippers to the United States and service providers. Whether and how these promises translate...more

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