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

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

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

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”...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tax Planning for International Transportation Income

According to the most recent estimates, the quantity of goods carried by containers has risen from around 100 million metric tons in 1980 to about 1.5 billion metric tons in 2012. Out of these numbers, one container in every...more

Friendship, Commerce and Navigation Treaties and Title VII

On April 15, 2015, former employee Steven Heldt sued Tata Consultancy Services, Ltd. in United States District Court for the Northern District of California for discrimination. Tata is multinational corporation headquartered...more

How the Kirtsaeng Decision Could Ruin the U.S. Branded Drug Industry

The Constitution gives Congress the power to grant copyright and patent protection in the same part of Article I, specifically in Section 8, Clause 8...more

Foreign Investor Protection v. National Sovereignty: The Pros and Cons of Investor-State Arbitration

United States companies investing abroad stand to gain additional legal protections in the near future from two international treaties currently under negotiation intended to safeguard investments of United States investors...more

Action 6 – Preventing the Granting of Treaty Benefits in Inappropriate Circumstances

Action 6 of the BEPS Action Plan identified treaty abuse as one of the most important sources of BEPS concern. The report offers alternative model provisions for the prevention of treaty abuse given constitutional and other...more

District Court Holds Guyana Not a Party to Warsaw Convention

- In deciding treaty status, courts place "controlling importance" on the governmental conduct of the countries at issue. - Guyana's post-independence accession to other treaties – but its failure to formally accede to the...more

Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties And Letters Rogatory: A Guide For Judges

The investigation of transnational criminal conduct often involves gathering evidence located in foreign countries. However, national sovereignty, international treaties, and international law preclude U.S. law enforcement...more

Bill C-31 Proposes Major Changes to Canada's Trade-marks Act

The Federal Government recently introduced Bill C-31, the Economic Action Plan Act 2014, No.1. Bill C-31 is an omnibus bill which makes changes to nearly 40 different pieces of legislation. Among these amendments are changes...more

Washington Energy Update - November 2013

In This Issue: - Trans-Pacific and Trans-Atlantic Treaties: Opportunities and Challenges for LNG Exports - Suit Against Chinese Solar Firms Seeks Nearly US$1 Billion in Damages - Major Energy Bills Get Started in...more

Supreme Court Issues Judicial Interpretation to Define Foreign-Related Civil Relationships

The People’s Supreme Court issued a Judicial Interpretation on December 28, 2012, made effective on January 7, 2013, regarding the application of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Application of Laws to...more

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