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Top EU patent and EU unitary patent developments in 2017 for ADG companies

by Hogan Lovells on

In 2016, proposals crystalized that will bring significant changes to the European Union (EU) patent system and the patent litigation system. Despite the Brexit, the United Kingdom (UK) has announced that it too will ratify...more

Predicting the Unpredictable: Will President Trump Tear Up the Iran Nuclear Deal?

As a candidate for President, Donald J. Trump was widely reported to despise the Iran nuclear agreement, which is known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. As President, he responded to reports of Iranian missile tests...more

Trump Administration Takes Moderate Steps Against Iran. What Comes Next?

by Hogan Lovells on

On Friday, February 3, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced it was designating 25 entities and individuals as Specially Designated Nationals (SDNs) for their involvement in...more

[Webinar] Meritas Capability Webinar - The Peace Process in Colombia - February 22nd, 1:00pm U.S. CST

The webinar will discuss (i) a historical antecedents that led to the peace process, (ii) the FARC peace negotiations, (iii) highlights of the issues addressed in the FARC PEACE AGREEMENT, (iv) the ELN peace process, and (v)...more

Trump Administration Sanctions Iran in Response to Missile Test

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Trump Administration responded on Feb. 3, 2017, to Iran's latest series of ballistic missile tests by sanctioning certain individuals and companies involved in Iran's efforts to procure ballistic missile technology or...more

2017 Key Trade Issues: U.S. Embargoes and Economic Sanctions on Iran, Russia, and Cuba

by Polsinelli on

U.S. embargoes and economic sanctions on countries such as Iran, Russia and Cuba were discussed at length by both candidates during the 2016 Presidential campaign, and President-Elect Trump has stated that he intended to...more

Companies Face New Process in Disclosures of Potential Export Violations

by Polsinelli on

Companies opting to file voluntary disclosures of potential export violations with the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) will soon be required to utilize a new process for submitting their...more

Company Eliminated from Army Contract Competition Due to ITAR Compliance Program Description

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) denied on Aug. 11, 2016, a government contract protest by Microwave Monolithics Inc. See GAO case number B-413088. The case is noteworthy because of the reason for denial. The...more

Espionage and Export Controls: The iPhone Hack Highlights The New World of Warfare

Last week, researchers at Citizen Lab uncovered sophisticated new spyware that allowed hackers to take complete control of anyone’s iPhone, turning the phone into a pocket-spy to intercept communications, track movements and...more

Final Rules Affecting Definitions of Export and Fundamental Research Take Effect

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Amended definitions under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) became effective today, Sept. 1, 2016. Although there are no significant changes to the scope or...more

Export Regulation Revisions: Harmonization of Destination Control Statements

by Morgan Lewis on

New rules synchronize Destination Control Statements for EAR and ITAR. On August 17, both the US Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and the US State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade...more

Norton Simon Museum Prevails Against Von Saher Claim to Cranachs Looted by the Nazis

by Sullivan & Worcester on

Just as it appeared that the first trial in years would begin next month on a claim of Nazi-looted art, the much publicized Von Saher case has come to an end with a judgment that entered yesterday. The U.S. District Court...more

ITAR For Government Contractors: Revised For Recent Amendments

by Williams Mullen on

One of the most important areas of regulation for defense contractors is the International Traffic In Arms Regulations (“ITAR”). ITAR are the State Department controls that regulate the defense industry. Companies regulated...more

The Blockchain: Beyond Bitcoin

by Goodwin on

Blockchain - While many people in the U.S. are still skeptical that bitcoin will become a mainstream currency, both private and public sectors are gaining interest in the idea that the underlying blockchain technology...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - July 2016

by King & Spalding on

State Department Increases Penalties for Arms Export Control Act Violations - On June 7, the U.S. Department of State announced the implementation of “catch-up” adjustments to the maximum civil monetary penalties (CMPs)...more

Brexit, Export Controls, Preferential Trade and Sanctions Programmes – Strategies and Tactics for Success Post-Brexit

by Reed Smith on

On June 23, 2016, the United Kingdom voted to exit the European Union in a historic referendum. Following the referendum, legal issues relating to export control, sanctions programmes, and preferential trade have arisen for...more

CFIUS Actions Highlight Focus on Critical Technologies and Infrastructure

by WilmerHale on

In its latest report to Congress, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), the US government's interagency body that vets foreign investment with national security implications, reported that it...more

Opportunities for Increased Drug Sales to the VA

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Pharmaceutical manufacturers that produce drugs in non-designated countries under the Trade Agreements Act (TAA) may now have an opportunity to increase their sales to the United States government. The Department of Veterans...more

Veterans Affairs to Permit Acquisition of Non-TAA-Compliant Drugs

by Reed Smith on

In a significant policy reversal, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced that it will require all covered drugs under the Veterans Health Care Act (VHCA) to be offered on Federal Supply Schedule (FSS)...more

New UK Open General Export Licences for Components

by Dechert LLP on

UK exporters may now use two new Open General Export Licences (OGELs), reducing the administrative burden of exporting a range of military and dual use components, including printed circuit boards....more

Canada/US Policy Scan 2016

by Dentons on

Earlier this year, US President Barack Obama welcomed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his delegation, the first official visit by a Canadian PM to the US in nearly two decades. By mid-summer of this year, the two...more

Chinese national hacker pleads guilty to sending U.S. military data to China

The FBI and DOJ continue their effort to bring cyber hackers to justice. Last week, Chinese national Su Bin pled guilty to stealing data related to Boeing’s C-17 military cargo plane and of trying to steal information...more

FBI’s cyber most wanted: Spotlight on Firas Dardar and Ahmed Agha

New additions to the FBI’s Cyber’s Most Wanted List show “the line between ordinary criminal hackers and potential national security threats is increasingly blurry,” according to Assistant Attorney General for National...more

Africa Update - March 2016 #4

Leading the News - Libya - On March 28th, Libya’s United Nations (U.N.)-backed unity government accused authorities in Tripoli of closing down the capital’s airspace to prevent it from travelling to Libya from...more

European Union and United Kingdom Sanctions Update: March 2016

by K&L Gates LLP on

Below is a summary of developments since our previous update in January relating to European Union (“EU”) sanctions on Iran, Russia, Belarus, North Korea and other jurisdictions as well as highlights of recent changes with...more

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