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USPTO to Hold Roundtable on Patent Law Harmonization

In a notice published in the Federal Register last week (79 Fed. Reg. 56070), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced that it would be holding a roundtable to obtain public input on several issues related to the...more

The CSA Proposes a New Harmonized Take-Over Bid Approach

On September 11, 2014, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) announced the publication of CSA Staff Notice 62-306, which contemplates a new harmonized regulatory approach to the Canadian take-over bid regime....more

The Mergers & Acquisitions Review: Eighth Edition: Chapter 17 - Cyprus

I GENERAL INTRODUCTION TO THE LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR M&A - Since Cyprus’s accession to the EU, the legislation regulating M&A activity in Cyprus has been closely aligned with Europe-wide practices. Prior to...more

Global HR Hot Topic—August 2014: How to Launch an International HR Policy, Code of Conduct or Benefits Plan

In this era of internationally aligned business operations, multinationals roll out cross-border human resources policies, global codes of conduct and international benefits offerings. But launching these cross-border...more

Guest Post: Myriad-Mayo Guidance -- Consistency With International Harmonization and TRIPS

It is strongly arguable that insofar as the USPTO's Myriad-Mayo Guidance dismisses as non-eligible newly isolated substances (including small molecules), nucleotide sequences and microorganisms having new utility (US...more

DOT Issues Proposed Rule to Harmonize HMR with International Standards

On August 25, 2014, the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a proposed rule seeking to harmonize the hazardous materials regulations (HMR) with...more

ESMA Publishes Table Showing Compliance with its Guidelines Relating to Global Supervisory Co-Operation on AIFs

On June 20, ESMA published a table showing which competent authorities comply or intend to comply with its guidelines on the model MoU concerning consultation, cooperation and the exchange of information related to the...more

The European Design Regime

1. Introduction - In 1993, the Commission of the European Union issued proposals for a directive for harmonization of design laws within the member countries of the EU and for the creation of an EU-wide design regime...more

Reforms to OHADA Commercial Law: Towards a More Attractive Legal Framework for Private Equity

The Organisation pour l'Harmonisation en Afrique du Droit des Affaires ("OHADA"), which translates into English as the "Organisation for the Harmonization of Business Law in Africa" is an exclusively business-related legal...more

EU Commission Proposes Further Harmonisation of Single-Member Companies

The proposed directive seeks to coordinate national requirements concerning the formation, registration, and operation of single-member companies. On 9 April, the European Commission published a provisional draft of a...more

Harmonised Anti-Money Laundering Rules for Online Gambling

On 11 March 2014, the European Parliament adopted the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (Directive). The updated rules mean that all gambling services (both physical and electronic) will be subject to EU-wide regulation,...more

No Claims, No Drawings, No Problems

As part of efforts to unify international procedural rules for patent applicants, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently released new rules that have important procedural consequences generally deemed...more

CFTC Adopts New CPO Rules for Registered Investment Companies and Others

Introduction - The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) recently released its long-awaited “Final Rule” to harmonize CFTC disclosure, reporting, and recordkeeping requirements with parallel U.S....more

Harmonised Work Health And Safety Laws Pushing Boundaries Into White Collar Work (Australia)

Australia has an impressive track record in legislating and enforcing work health and safety laws as underscored by the recent harmonisation of work health and safety laws in most jurisdictions across Australia. Safe...more

Product safety law and compliance in Germany

An overview - When placing consumer products on the German market, various product safety standards have to be met. The applicable rules and regulations can be quite difficult to determine. Failure to comply will...more

Legal Alert: CFTC Finalizes Harmonization Rules: Advisers to RICs Benefit From “Substituted Compliance” for Many Obligations

On August 13, 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) adopted final rules to harmonize certain disclosure, reporting and recordkeeping obligations of commodity pool operators (CPOs) that are investment advisers...more

CFTC Adopts Harmonization Rules for CPOs of Registered Investment Companies

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) has adopted widely anticipated rules regarding the application of its commodity pool operator (“CPO”) regulatory regime to CPOs of registered investment companies...more

CFTC Adopts Final Harmonization Rules for Registered Investment Company Advisors Required to Register as CPOs Under 4.5; Also...

On August 13, 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued its final rules ("Final Rules") applicable to registered investment companies whose advisers are now required to dually register as commodity pool operators...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - August 16, 2013

In this issue: - SEC Issues Risk Alert on Options Trading Used to Evade Short-Sale Requirements - SEC Order Temporarily Exempting Certain Broker Dealers and Certain Transactions from the Recordkeeping and...more

An EU-US Free Trade Agreement: A Pathway To Growth?

The United States (US) and the European Union (EU) are on the verge of initiating negotiations on a momentous transatlantic free trade agreement for which official negotiations are slated to begin early this summer....more

International Harmonization of Patent Laws

The USPTO and other patent offices around the world are studying the feasibility of the international harmonization of patent laws....more

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