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RxIP Update - February 2017

Federal Court of Appeal rules on non-infringing alternatives and apportionment as defences to an accounting of profits from patent infringement - On February 2, 2017, the Federal Court of Appeal released a significant...more

Trump Wants to “Tweak” NAFTA

After meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in early February, President Trump said he plans to “tweak” the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada. Before this announcement, it was unclear whether the...more

Who Will Bear the Brunt of a NAFTA Renegotiation?

President Trump's plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) give rise to a number of questions about the future of trade between the United States, Mexico and Canada. While such a move might...more

Brexit: the ball is in which court?

Brexit "will bring an end to the jurisdiction of the CJEU in the UK". That is the assertion in the UK Government's Brexit White Paper¸ and it was the promise of the Leave campaign. But the reality is more complex. The...more

What’s New in Washington: 10 Things You Need to Know

The first four weeks of the Trump administration have brought a flurry of policy and regulatory activity through Executive Orders (EO), proposed new legislation and review of existing regulation. After eight years of the...more

Night Note: The 1st 100 Days

President Trump has expressed his interest in accelerating the renegotiation of NAFTA, and expediting the timeline for such a process, faster than current statutory guidelines. It is unlikely, however, that the U.S. will be...more

UK begins to Reshape its World Trading Relationships following Brexit with Parliamentary Inquiry into Potential US/UK Trade Deal

One of the advantages of Brexit is that the UK will be free to agree its own trade deals with the rest of the world for the first time in nearly 50 years. However, until the UK formally leaves the European Union the EU...more

Dentons' pick of global regulatory trends to watch in 2017 - Economic sanctions and trade

Focus on the US - Trade - International trade was a significant issue during the presidential campaign and one which President Trump returned to often on the trail. First, he promised that trade agreements would...more

"Buy American, Hire American"—From Rhetoric to Regulation

“We will follow two simple rules: buy American and hire American.” While world leaders are pondering what these words from President Trump’s Inaugural Address mean for international trade, a different question looms for U.S....more

"Regional Focus: Asia"

A number of economic and political factors, both domestic and international, influenced M&A and capital markets activity worldwide in 2016. Skadden attorneys Christopher W. Betts, Will H. Cai, Z. Julie Gao, Bradley A. Klein,...more

"Regional Focus: Europe"

Skadden attorneys James A. McDonald, Elizabeth Robertson and Robert W. Stirling in London; Pascal Bine and Olivier Diaz in Paris; and Matthias Horbach and Stephan Hutter in Frankfurt provide insights on the developments...more

Why President Trump Is Wrong about Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

On Monday, President Trump made good on one of his signature campaign promises and notified the other twelve countries (Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam)...more

Top 12 EU Legal Developments to Watch in 2017

Sheppard Mullin’s EU team has created a list of major legal shifts that await General Counsel and Compliance Officers in the areas of competition, EU regulatory and trade in 2017. These challenges may have an impact on your...more

Towards a UK Investment Act?

NOTE: This client alert was originally published 9 November 2016, and has been updated to reflect subsequent developments. Against the background of UK policy moving towards a more nationally-led trade and investment...more

EU Customs Developments: November-December 2016

EU Customs Policy - Union Customs Code Developments - On 12 December 2016, the EU’s Customs Expert Group held a joint meeting with the Trade Contact Group to discuss proposed amendments to the Union Customs Code...more

United Kingdom Will Gain With Trade Deal Under Trump Administration

It is not only in the United States that people are taking an interest in a Trump presidency. The rest of the world also eagerly awaits how the new Trump Administration will affect them. This is particularly the case in the...more

EU Legal Developments That May Impact Your Business in 2017

Sheppard Mullin’s EU team has created a list of major legal shifts that await General Counsel and Compliance Officers in the areas of competition, EU regulatory and trade in 2017. These challenges may have an impact on your...more

NAFTA Discussions May Alter New Rule on Lease of Equipment by Mexican Carriers

It is common knowledge that a major platform of President-Elect Donald Trump's campaign was the need to renegotiate the terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Mexico and Canada. Thus, it leaves open the...more

Agenda Comercial Internacional de México para el 2017

Acontecimientos internacionales como el "Brexit", la retirada de Estados Unidos del Tratado de Asociación Transpacífico (TPP), o la posible renegociación del Tratado de Libre Comercio de América del Norte (TLCAN), son...more

Mexico's International Trade Agenda for 2017

International events such as "Brexit," the United States' potential withdrawal from the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) or the possibility of renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) are all...more

Trump Nominates Robert Lighthizer as U.S. Trade Representative

On January 3rd, President-Elect Trump nominated Robert E. Lighthizer as the U.S. Trade Representative. Lighthizer currently works as a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, where he specializes in international...more

2017 Key Trade Issues: U.S. Embargoes and Economic Sanctions on Iran, Russia, and Cuba

U.S. embargoes and economic sanctions on countries such as Iran, Russia and Cuba were discussed at length by both candidates during the 2016 Presidential campaign, and President-Elect Trump has stated that he intended to...more

2017 Key Trade Issues: U.S. International Trade Agreements

U.S. international trade agreements, such as the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), were heavily criticized by both candidates during 2016 Presidential campaign, and...more

Dispute Resolution under CETA: A New Investment Court for Canada and Europe

Canada and the European Union recently signed the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), which establishes a new tribunal, called the Investment Court System, to resolve investor-state...more

The Failed Trans-Pacific Partnership: What It Might Have Meant To Biotech and Pharma

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was the latest in a series of multination international agreements aimed at reducing trade barriers and promoting global free trade. Most of these agreements are “regional,” like the North...more

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