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Nations Press for International Restrictions to Govern Genetic Sequence Data

by WilmerHale on

A clash over access to and use of genetic sequence data (GSD) is currently brewing on several international fronts. To date, GSD has been routinely deposited in open-source databases such as GenBank of the National Center for...more

The opportunity and promise of decommissioning

by White & Case LLP on

The UK's oil and gas decommissioning regime has long been seen to be in the front-line of petroleum developments and operations around the world, and much has been said about the resulting decommissioning liabilities and...more

Brexit update: the Article 50 Challenge, the Great Repeal Bill and Issues around Timing

by White & Case LLP on

Given the current Article 50 challenge before the UK Supreme Court, there is uncertainty as to whether the UK government will be able to retain its original Brexit timeline of March 2017. The Supreme Court's judgment is...more

The Traveling Chair

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Over the past six months, as Chair of the American Bar Association, Section of International Law, I’ve traveled to destinations from Washington, D.C., Chicago, San Francisco and Ottawa to Istanbul, Rome, Tokyo, London,...more

New Tax Information Exchange Agreement Between the United States and Argentina

The governments of Argentina and the United States signed on December 23rd, 2016, a new tax information exchange agreement (“TIEA”). Jack Lew, U.S. Treasury Secretary, stated that the TIEA will allow for important...more

Canadian Trademarks Office Begins to Issue Nice Classification Notices

by Smart & Biggar on

As we reported previously, Canadian trademark law will be significantly changed to adhere to several international treaties. Although the timing of the changes is uncertain, it appears that the changes are likely to come...more

The Table Flip: Trump, the Iran Nuclear Deal, and American Business

- A President Trump will have authority to reinstate sanctions lifted by the Iran Nuclear Deal as well as revoke certain authorizations provided for business with Iran. - Several economic and geopolitical factors may...more

197 Nations Agree to Limit Hydrofluorocarbon Emissions

On October 15, 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda the majority of the world’s developed and developing countries executed a binding agreement to reduce emissions of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a greenhouse gas that is emitted by air...more

Canada Announces Proposed Changes to Arms Export Controls to Comply with Arms Trade Treaty

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On June 30, 2016, the Government of Canada announced plans to modify Canada’s export control system to comply with the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). The proposed changes include new regulations on arms brokering, a formalization...more

Brexit: Tax Implications

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The majority has spoken: on Friday 24 June, it was announced that the UK had voted to leave the European Union (the “EU”). The full implications of this decision are largely unknown, given that the UK is navigating...more

Brexit: What Now?

The United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union. The vote is not legally binding but Prime Minister David Cameron has already acknowledged that the will of the people must be followed. We consider the key preliminary...more

Oil and Gas Unitization: Specific Considerations for Cross-Border Unitization

by King & Spalding on

Setting the Scene - There are more than twenty bilateral unitization Treaties and Joint Development Agreements (JDAs) in place today between governments that share an international (usually maritime) boundary. These...more

6 Unique Challenges for Protecting and Exploiting Intellectual Property in the United Arab Emirates

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is an attractive global business centre and gateway to the wider Middle East region for international companies seeking to commercialise and exploit their brands, products and...more

Cybersecurity Issues in Focus at Upcoming HNBA Conference

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Hispanic National Bar Association (“HNBA”) will gather for its annual corporate counsel conference on March 17, 2016 in Las Vegas, where presentations and discussion will focus on technology and cybersecurity issues that...more

US Copyright Office Reports: WIPO Internet Treaties Require No Copyright Act Amendment to Protect Exclusive “Making Available”...

by PretiFlaherty on

Has the United States lived up to its obligations under the WIPO Internet Treaties to protect the exclusive “making available” right of copyright owners? Some would argue no, and that Congress should amend the U.S....more

Russian law on the priority of the RF Constitution over resolutions of intergovernmental human rights bodies

by White & Case LLP on

On 15 December 2015, Federal Constitutional Law No. 7-FKZ dated 14 December 2015 "On amendments to the Federal Constitutional Law 'On the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation'" (the "Law") prepared pursuant to...more

"The Trans-Pacific Partnership and What It Means for Pre-Existing Treaties"

On November 5, 2015, after seven years of high-stakes negotiations, the Office of the United States Trade Representative released the draft Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a proposed free trade agreement among the United...more

SOLAS Convention Container Weight Verification Requirements Arrive Sooner Than You Think

by Morgan Lewis on

Beginning July 1, 2016, the SOLAS Convention will require the shipper of a packed export container to verify the container’s weight before it is loaded aboard a ship. In November 2014, the International Maritime...more

WTO General Council Approves Kazakhstan's Accession; Liberia Progresses Toward Accession

by King & Spalding on

In the run-up to the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Ministerial Conference in December 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya, the Organization's Accessions Division has been particularly active. While twenty-two accession negotiations are...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Second Quarter 2015: OECD Discussion Draft on BEPS: Funds’ Treaty Access under Threat

by Dechert LLP on

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published a revised discussion draft on 22 May 2015, in relation to Action 6 of the BEPS (Base Erosion and Profit Shifting) Action Plan (Action Plan 6), which...more

DOS Announces Changes to E Visa Application Processing in Mexico

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced changes to the application process to obtain E-1 and E-2 visas, due to recent increases in overall visa applications made through the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. The E-1 visa is...more

Selling Products Outside the US? If Yes, New Patent Laws are Available to Streamline International Design Protection

In recognition of ever growing cross-border sales, the U.S. recently expanded its design protection laws to make it easier to file a single application in multiple jurisdictions. Read on if you deal with products that could...more

Worldwide Bound: the Hague Service Convention in International Family Law Cases

by McManis Faulkner on

As a family lawyer in Silicon Valley, I often work with clients with international issues: enforcing judgments in Europe, dividing property abroad or obtaining custody orders when the parents live on different continents. A...more

International tax and withholding considerations for US companies and their directors

by DLA Piper on

To staff their board of directors with the best and most diverse talent, multinational companies commonly elect boards with international representation. It is also common for companies to convene periodic board meetings...more

The Hague Agreement for the Registration of Industrial Designs: A PCT for Design Patents?

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently published the Final Rules for implementation of the Hague Agreement for the Registration of Industrial Designs (i.e., design patents). Starting May 13, 2015, U.S.-based applicants...more

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