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New Competition Act and Investment Canada Act Review Thresholds Announced For 2016

On February 5, 2016, the Competition Bureau announced the 2016 “size of transaction” pre-merger notification threshold under the Competition Act would increase to $87 million; the 2015 threshold was $86 million. Acquisitions...more

EU Customs Developments: December 2015

EU Customs Policy - Union Customs Code Developments – Key Provisions Published - On 29 December 2015, the Implementing and Delegated Acts for the Union Customs Code (UCC) were published in the EU’s Official Journal...more

Trade & Manufacturing - January 2016

Important Decisions Reached in Nairobi at the WTO’s 10th Ministerial Conference - On December 19, the World Trade Organization (WTO) concluded its 10th Ministerial Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. The Ministerial...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - January 2016

United States Repeals Country of Origin Labeling Legislation, Avoiding Retaliation - On December 18, President Obama signed a bill that repealed legislation requiring country of origin labeling (COOL) on beef and pork...more

China Issues Updated Telecommunications Services Catalogue

China has for the first time in 12 years issued a new edition of the Telecommunications Services Catalogue to replace the badly outdated 2003 version issued shortly after China's WTO accession. The texts of the Catalogue and...more

US CHINA TRADE WAR–DEVELOPMENTS IN TRADE POLICY, TRADE, PRODUCTS LIABILITY, 337/IP ANTITRUST AND SECURITIES

TRADE POLICY - TPP RUNS INTO HEADWINDS - As predicted in past blog posts, on December 28, 2015, the Wall Street Journal reported that the US Election Debate was complicating the passage of the Trans Pacific...more

United States Challenges Chinese Tax Exemptions for Aircraft at the WTO

On December 8, the United States launched a dispute (DS501) at the World Trade Organization (WTO) regarding tax exemptions on certain Chinese-produced aircraft. The United States has requested consultations with China, which...more

Trans-Pacific Partnership: Landmark new commitments on government procurement

TPP general summary - The legal text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was released to the public on November 5, 2015. After seven years of negotiations, Canada and 11 Pacific Rim countries, representing 40 percent...more

World Leaders Reach Climate Change Agreement in Paris

On December 12, nearly 200 countries reached an agreement that many have described as a historic turning point for global cooperation in addressing climate change. This article looks at the key elements of the Paris...more

(Un)COOL: How Congress (Unsuccessfully) Made Sausage Labeling Laws

Crises averted in international trade usually make good economics, but unsatisfying politics. They’re a half-loaf of success in which positioning, inertia and self-interest usually win. So it is with the recent repeal of meat...more

Important Decisions Reached in Nairobi at the WTO’s 10th Ministerial Conference

On December 19, the World Trade Organization (WTO) concluded its 10th Ministerial Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. The Ministerial Conference, which typically is held every two years, is a meeting of the decision-making body of...more

Use of Provisional Patent Applications

Provisional patent applications became available on June 8, 1995 in response to the General Agreement on Tariff and Trade (the GATT treaty) whereby applicants in the United States are able to establish an early filing date by...more

Evidentiary Problems with Threat of Injury Findings in Canadian Trade Remedy Cases

The recent proliferation of affirmative threat of injury findings by the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) indicates problems with the CITT’s approach to its threat of injury analyses. The CITT is arguably applying...more

Energy in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Negotiations: A European Perspective

Recent reports of the influence of major oil and gas companies on the European Commission’s position on energy in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (“TTIP”) negotiations -- though denied by all concerned...more

WTO COOL Decision puts Congress on the Clock

The World Trade Organization (WTO) issued an arbitration decision in the longstanding Country-of-Origin Labelling (COOL) dispute between Canada, Mexico, and the United States on December 7. The arbitrator determined that...more

Trade & Manufacturing - December 2015

President Obama Rejects Keystone Pipeline - On November 6, President Obama announced his decision to deny TransCanada’s application for approval to build the Keystone XL Pipeline. This decision comes over seven years...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - December 2015

The WTO Reaches 500 Requests for Dispute Settlement - The World Trade Organization (WTO) reached a milestone on November 10 when Pakistan filed the 500th request for trade consultation since the organization’s inception...more

Turkey’s “Additional Customs Duties” – Will Medical Devices Be Next?

In 2011, Turkey imposed for the first time “additional customs duties.” These are duties as high as 50% imposed on top of normal customs duties on certain goods entering the Turkish territory. These additional customs...more

Kazakhstan’s accession to the WTO: new local content requirements

On 9 November 2015, in connection with Kazakhstan’s accession to the WTO, amendments to the subsoil use legislation made came into force and significantly altered the existing local content requirements. We summarize below...more

US China Trade War — TPP, Three False Trade Arguments, China President Trip, Trade, Customs, IP/Patent Securities

As indicated in more detail below, the Import Alliance will have meetings on November 17th and 18th in Washington DC. On the afternoon of November 17th, we will meet in our Washington DC office and then on November 18th meet...more

The EU’s new trade and investment policy in a nutshell

A new template for future initiatives - On 14 October 2015, the European Commission revealed its long-awaited communication setting out an updated trade and investment policy for the EU, entitled “Trade for all: Towards...more

US China Trade War

The October blog post will be broken up into two parts. This October 15th post will comment on the TPP Agreement signed today and well as President Xi Jinping’s recent trip to the US and my impressions from Beijing, China...more

What May Be the IP Provisions of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement

The diplomats negotiating the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement have done the seemingly impossible: they have kept the details of the draft agreement secret from the press and interested parties in the United States,...more

Trans-Pacific Partnership May Have Far-Reaching Consequences for U.S. Industry

This week, the 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) member countries decided the final terms of what they report is a far-reaching agreement (Agreement or TPP Agreement). The 12 TPP countries are Australia, Brunei Darussalam,...more

Expect Focus – International, Summer 2015

In This Issue: - TTIP’s Impact on U.S. and EU Trade Relations - Proposed Innovation Box Legislation - Justice Department Recovers Nearly $6 Billion From False Claims Act Cases in 2014 - Rules...more

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