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As Bitcoin Gains Momentum, Focus on Regulation Increases

The virtual currency market has emerged in the United Arab Emirates with Dubai’s first Bitcoin ATM introduced in April 2014. Middle East entrepreneurs have begun launching Bitcoin payment products and SMEs are beginning to...more

France Posts Report on Nanomaterials Reported as of June 2014

The Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development, and Energy published a report, available only in French, concerning the second round of mandatory reporting of nanomaterials. Under Decree No. 2012-232, companies that...more

From Logging on to Logistics: Online Retailing and the Asian Real Estate Market

There is little doubt that the continuing shift towards online retailing will have tremendous implications for the Asian real estate market. Over the coming years, physical retailers will have to change the way they use their...more

Tax Challenges Raised by the Digital Economy

On September 16, 2014, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (“OECD”) released a report on Action 1 of the OECD/G20 Base Erosion and Profit Shifting Project (also known as the “BEPS” project) titled...more

The USPTO Is Off-Key With International Patent Law Harmonization

As a leader in science, technology and innovation, the United States long has played a central role in global intellectual property matters. As the world’s largest economy, the United States has played a central role in trade...more

EP Committee Study on Legislative Areas of the TTIP Addresses Nanomaterials

The European Parliament (EP) Committee on Environment, Public Health, and Food Safety (ENVI) has posted a study entitled ENVI Relevant Legislative Areas of the EU-US Trade and Investment Partnership Negotiations (TTIP). The...more

A Yen for Israeli Technology

While Japanese companies have been investing in Israel for the past two decades, M&A activity has picked up significantly, concentrated in the science and technology (S&T) sectors....more

Consumer Data Protection In Online Retail: On Protecting Privacy in the EU, US and China

Online retail presents unparalleled opportunities for reaching new consumer markets and collecting consumer data. With such opportunities, however, come heightened regulatory scrutiny, compounded by high-profile consumer data...more

FRANCE: What You Need to Know About the CNIL’s New Online Investigative Powers and Enforcement Goals

Earlier this year we reported on the new online investigative powers of the French Data Protection Authority (the “CNIL”). Whereas before CNIL agents could only conduct on-site inspections, since March 2014 they are...more

Automobile industry commits to privacy for connected cars

19 makers of cars and trucks sold in the US committed to preserve the privacy of their customers in the view of the massive amount of personal data that are going to be processed through connected cars. ...more

SEC Files Settled FCPA Charges Against Two Individuals

The SEC filed another settled FCPA action. The proceeding named two individuals as Respondents. It centers on using expensive gifts and travel as bribes. In the Matter of Stephen Timms, Adm. Proc. File No. 3-16281 (November...more

U.S.-China ITA Breakthrough May Reduce Tariffs on High-Tech Products

On November 10, United States Trade Representative Michael Froman announced a major breakthrough in negotiations with China to eliminate tariffs on information technology products by expanding the scope of the International...more

Internet of Things – Top 10 privacy and data protection concerns

As we discussed in our previous posts, there are a number of positive trends that make the Internet of Things a long lasting evolution. Hardware is improving, there is an increasing understanding from the industry of the...more

Significant Trends from Recent FCPA Enforcement Actions: The Bio-Rad Case

The FCPA enforcement doomsayers can add another notch to their belt – their predictions and suggestions of “enforcement slow downs,” “significant policy changes,” and other misguided claims can be added to the ash heap of...more

IRS Disregards Own Revenue Ruling in Barnes Decision

The Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently affirmed the Tax Court’s 2013 decision in Barnes Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries, T.C. Memo 2013-109, in which the Tax Court applied the step transaction doctrine to...more

Top 5 takeaways on connected cars

Here are the main legal topics on connected cars covered during the Connected Automobiles conference where I gave a presentation named “Privacy and regulations: state-of-the-art and future issues” on legal issues relating to...more

BIO IPCC Panel Discusses Impact of Myriad-Mayo Guidance

Yesterday, we reported on a session of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) Intellectual Property Counsel's Committee fall conference, which took place earlier this week in Nashville, TN, in which the U.S. Patent and...more

Major Breakthrough in the Information Technology Agreement Expansion Talks

The Office of the United States Trade Representative and the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China announced on November 10, 2014 that the United States and China have reached an agreement on the coverage of...more

European DPA’s Give Privacy Recommendations to Stakeholders Regarding the “Internet of Things”

The Article 29 Working Party, which is composed of representatives of DPA’s from every European country, has recently rendered an opinion on data privacy issues surrounding the development of the “Internet of Things” (IoT),...more

Medical Company Settles FCPA Claims With SEC and DOJ

On November 3, a medical company agreed to pay a total of $55 million to settle DOJ and SEC allegations that the company violated the FCPA in Russia, Thailand, and Vietnam. According to the SEC’s cease-and-desist order,...more

"Expansion of Military End-Use Controls Creates Potential Pitfalls for Exporters"

On November 7, 2014, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced a final rule implementing controls on exports, re-exports and transfers of a variety of goods, software and technologies for...more

Atlanta Burns – the Bio-Rad FCPA Enforcement Action – Part III

On this date in 1864, the Union Army phase of the destruction of Atlanta began. While most Southerners credit Union General William T. Sherman with the burning of Atlanta, it was, in reality, Confederate General John Bell...more

Cable Company Announces FCPA Internal Investigation Near Completion

Just a month after announcing its internal investigation of possible FCPA violations, news reports indicate that a major cable company’s review will be completed or substantially completed by the first quarter of 2015. ...more

Governments Eager to Help Market for Cyber Insurance Develop

Have you heard about cyber insurance? It is predicted to be the next big thing in insurance coverage. In the aftermath of the Home Depot and Target data breaches, it’s easy to see why companies doing business over the...more

Israel, Finland and the US top the Global Cleantech Innovation Index 2014

The Global Cleantech Innovation Index 2014 reports that Israel, Finland and the US provide the best political, social and financial conditions to cultivate cleantech innovation and commercialisation over the next 10 years....more

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