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USPTO News Briefs - December 2015

USPTO and INPI Establish PPH Pilot Program - On November 23, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and Brazil's National Institute for Industrial Property (INPI) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a...more

[Webinar] Corruption and Third Parties: Top Ways to Mitigate Risks - Dec. 1st, 12:00pm EST (3:00pm Brazil)

New laws, increased enforcement and broadened liability increase the urgency for companies working in Brazil to put processes in place to prevent corruption within their own organizations and among their business partners....more

An Easing of Brazil’s Restrictive Labor Laws? Only Time Will Tell

Brazil’s troubled economy has been making global headlines for the past few months. After five years of growth, understood now to have largely been fueled by China’s seemingly insatiable hunger for commodities, the economy...more

The Petrobras Scandal Reaches Into Texas

As Houston is still the epicenter of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement world, it is probably not too surprising that the Petrobras scandal has reached the Lone Star state. This week there were two reports...more

Tackling Corruption – Now A Truly Global Initiative?

There continues to be a global drive towards greater transparency and accountability in business. There are a number of factors at play here. ...more

Homeland, Brazilian Clean Companies Act Guidance and the Need for Accurate Translations in FCPA Compliance

He used to work in the movie business so you might think the production crew of the Showtime series Homeland would just give him a call. After all he is fast becoming known as ‘the translations guy’ in the Foreign Corrupt...more

Standing of Petrobras Opt-Out Plaintiffs Challenged

A recent motion to dismiss filed by the defendants in the In re Petrobras Securities Litigation, No. 14-cv-9662 (S.D.N.Y.) consolidated litigation challenges the standing of several institutional opt-out plaintiffs. ...more

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 2015 Update

Despite a decline in enforcement actions by the Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the Department of Justice (“DOJ”), the first half of 2015 has continued to highlight the relevance and ever-evolving effects of the...more

[Webinar] Tax Planning for Investments Into Brazil - Oct. 14th, 12:00pm ET

Please join us on Wednesday, October 14th at 12:00pm EST for an in-depth joint presentation by tax attorneys, Jeffrey Rubinger of Bilzin Sumberg and Fernando Martins of WFaria Advogados on the cross-border tax considerations...more

Um recado na parede – a crescente maré de imigrantes: Posições dos candidatos à presidência sobre a reforma imigratória

Panorama - Nos últimos meses a imprensa americana tem feito a cobertura da Campanha Presidencial do Partido Republicano com a mesma intensidade que na Copa do Mundo. Uma das questões políticas que está no centro das...more

Brazilian House of Representatives Will Expedite Vote to Ease Restrictions on Acquisitions and Leasing of Rural Properties by...

On September 16, the House of Representatives of the Brazilian Congress approved a request to consider legislation on an expedited basis which would ease certain restrictions imposed under existing law on the acquisition and...more

Corruption Risks in Brazil: Ensuring Compliance with the FCPA & BCCA

Brazil is one of the hardest places in the world to do business – the World Bank Doing Business Report 2014 ranked Brazil 116 out of 183 for overall “ease of doing business.” In this on-demand webinar, Matteson Ellis of...more

Antitrust Division Announces First Guilty Plea in Capacitor Cartel Investigation

The Department of Justice’s far-reaching criminal investigation into the alleged electronic capacitor cartel has borne fruit – NEC Tokin Corporation agreed to plead guilty and pay a $13.8 million criminal fine for conspiring...more

Anti-Corruption Enforcement in Brazil is in High Gear

Headlines of Brazil’s push to fight corruption are everywhere. The Petrobras scandal involves contracts worth billions of dollars, and prosecutors have uncovered a U.S. connection. The public is outraged and has called for...more

Brazil’s proposed privacy laws raise public concern

The Brazilian government’s proposal for Brazil’s first data protection framework (‘the Proposal’) hit a stumbling block after major concerns were raised in public comments. After the public consultation period ended,...more

Brazil, bribes and backward tracing – only in Jersey

The Municipality of Sao Paulo and the Republic of Brazil successfully defeated an appeal from two BVI registered companies to the Privy Council which considered what the circumstances are, if any, where backward tracing would...more

Archie Bunker, Batgirl and the International Fight Against Corruption

This week saw the death of two notables from the television industry, Bud Yorkin and Yvonne Craig. According to his Obituary in the New York Times (NYT), Yorkin rose up the television industry ranks to eventually team with...more

New Antidumping And Countervailing Duty Petitions On Hot-Rolled Steel Flat Products From Seven Countries

For your information, on August 11, 2015 new antidumping (AD) and/or countervailing duty (CVD) petitions were filed with the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) and U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) on hot-rolled steel...more

Oil and Gas Production in Brazil

The exploration and production of oil and natural gas in Brazil has been on the rise and, as anticipated, the volume of proven reserves in the country has increased in recent years. In 2014, Brazil had 16.2 billion barrels...more

Spotlight on Brazil: Recuperação Judicial vs. Chapter 11

The bankruptcy proceedings of Brazilian oil companies OGX and OSX have all the makings of a financial soap opera: one high-profile billionaire filing for bankruptcy on behalf of two related enterprises with a combined...more

What Goes Downhill May Go Uphill in FCPA Compliance

Usually the question I am posed is how far down the chain must you go in your due diligence to ensure that your suppliers are in compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). I would pose that now, after the...more

A New Development Bank - A New Funding source and a New Way of Doing Things for Energy and Infrastructure Projects Globally

On 7 July the five BRICS countries of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa formally launched the New Development Bank (NDB) at the inaugural meeting of the institution's Board of Governors in Moscow, Russia, ahead...more

USPTO News Briefs - August 2015

USPTO to Replace EFS-Web and PAIR - In an article posted on the Director's Forum blog, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Deputy Director Russ Slifer announced that the Office would begin implementing a new system that...more

Vantage Drilling Self-Reports Potential FCPA Violation

On August 4, Vantage Drilling Company, an international offshore drilling contractor, acknowledged that an overseas agent had entered into plea discussions with Brazilian authorities and provided evidence in the ongoing...more

Key Changes Introduced in the Brazilian Arbitration Law

On May 26, 2015, Brazil amended its arbitration law (nº 9,307/96) to expressly permit the “public administration” (i.e., companies owned by the state, government agencies) to be bound by arbitration agreements. The new law...more

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