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Brexit negotiations poised for intense start to 2018

by Hogan Lovells on

In what looks set to be the last major Brexit development of 2017, the European Commission yesterday published its recommended draft negotiating directives for the next phase of the Article 50 negotiations. ...more

A Look At The USPTO Patent Eligible Subject Matter Report

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On July 24, 2017, the USPTO issued a 48-page report on Patent Eligible Subject Matter. The report summarizes key court decisions interpreting and applying 35 USC § 101, international views on eligible subject matter, and...more

Compliance and Plan C: Operationalization During Economic Uncertainties

by Thomas Fox on

The current economic climate continues to be in flux, with many companies falling back to Plan C, which is hunker down and ride things out until the next Presidential election and hope for some clarity in 2020. This obviously...more

What’s New in Washington - July 2017

On June 30, Congress gaveled out for the July 4 recess after postponing a critical vote to begin debate on an Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal-and-replace bill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and the GOP caucus...more

President Trump Announces New Cuba Policy Restricting Travel and Business with Military-Owned Entities

by Reed Smith on

On 16 June 2017, speaking to a crowd in Miami, Florida, President Trump announced a presidential policy directive strengthening sanctions against Cuba. President Trump stated the imposition of these sanctions was necessary to...more

No Accord: Summarizing the U.S. Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement

by Jones Day on

On June 1, 2017, President Trump announced that the "United States will cease all implementation" of the Paris Climate Accord. This Commentary provides a short summary of the impacts of President Trump's announcement....more

To Learn About Your Business, Get Out into the Field

by Thomas Fox on

I have not written too much about the City of Houston hometown heroes, those intrepid Houston Astros, this season. One reason is that the bumbling owner has finally learned to stop making some of the inane pronouncements he...more

Brexit – the end of parallel imports from the UK?

by Hogan Lovells on

The United Kingdom's unprecedented vote to leave the EU will undoubtedly cause a broad range of legal issues in the future. This post focuses on the consequences of Brexit on parallel imports - a field of significant...more

Top international trade and export control developments in 2017 for ADG companies

by Hogan Lovells on

Aerospace, defense, and government services (ADG) companies increasingly rely on international customers and global supply chains to stay competitive in today’s global market. In the United States, ADG companies rely heavily...more

Top Brexit developments in 2017 for ADG companies

by Hogan Lovells on

On 23 June 2016, the people of the United Kingdom (UK) voted in a referendum to leave the European Union (EU). The UK Government gave the EU formal notice of its intention to withdraw from the EU on 29 March 2017. This...more

John Warner: Building Global Bridges

by Hogan Lovells on

Our firm derives its strength from its people. They make us who we are. They shape the way we are perceived. And, by finding common ground where others see difference, our people often help shape the world. Take...more

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

As the Trump presidency completes its first 10 weeks, the administration is celebrating big wins on the regulatory reform front while nursing some wounds from a major defeat on efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable...more

Compliance Lessons from Sgt. Pepper’s

by Thomas Fox on

This week marks the 50th anniversary of perhaps the most iconic album cover in the history of rock and roll, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. In Rolling Stone article, entitled “Beatles’ Iconic ‘Sgt. Pepper’ Art: 10...more

Brexit: Three, two, one…we have lift off!

by Dentons on

Yesterday was an historic day, as Prime Minster, Theresa May, formally triggered the two year ‘Brexit’ process. As commentators have reported, “there can be no turning back”. The Prime Minister has previously committed to...more

No Turning Back: The Brexit Process Begins

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The following alert is directed to organizations with a presence in the UK or who anticipate the need to place talent at a UK work site. Seyfarth Synopsis: Yesterday, British Prime Minister Theresa May invoked Article...more

The Impact of the New Administration on International Trade and IP Rights

by Planet Depos, LLC on

As we finished out the first month of the New Year, President Donald Trump completed his first few weeks in the Oval Office. Critics and supporters alike watched and analyzed every move the new Commander in Chief made, while...more

Brexit: It’s Finally Official After nine months of discussion and debate, Article 50 has been triggered

by King & Spalding on

Nine months after a majority of the United Kingdom’s electorate voted to leave the European Union (EU) in the referendum of 23 June, 2016, the country’s government has today (29 March, 2017) formally notified the European...more

Our Top Ten Tips On Following The Brexit Process

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Nine months after the UK voted to leave the EU, the formal exit process has finally started. Within two years, the UK will be out of the EU either on agreed terms or cast adrift with no deal. The negotiating rhetoric...more

Brexit: No Turning Back

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On March 29, 2017, the United Kingdom submitted its formal notice to the European Union in order to trigger Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union (the Article 50 Notice). This is the formal mechanism which begins the...more

Article 50 – let the Brexit negotiations begin

by Hogan Lovells on

On 29 March 2017, Sir Tim Barrow, the UK’s permanent representative in Brussels, personally handed over a letter, signed by Prime Minister Theresa May, to Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council, providing...more

Brexometer Survey - March 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

The UK Government has set out a bold vision for a post-Brexit world: The UK as a global pivot; a strategic partnership with the EU; an enduring and perhaps an even more “special” relationship with the U.S. Please see...more

What you need to know before Brexit gets underway this week

by Hogan Lovells on

This Wednesday, the UK embarks on a journey not previously taken by any other EU Member State. The process for withdrawing from the EU, which will get officially underway following the UK's formal notification to the European...more

Uncertain Times Call for Cool Heads

by Hogan Lovells on

We live in changing times. In 2016, both the election of President Donald Trump and the Brexit vote caught many off guard. Already there’s nothing concrete about 2017 and looking even further ahead is fraught with...more

Brexit – The Japanese perspective

by Hogan Lovells on

"There are numerous Japanese businesses operating in Europe, which have created 440,000 jobs. A considerable number of these firms are concentrated in the UK. Nearly half of Japanese direct investment intended for the EU in...more

Expect Focus - International, Spring, March 2017

by Carlton Fields on

Rules of the (International) Road - An Overview - Going international is a complicated undertaking. Your specific situation and concerns will determine the steps required. The following outlines, very generally,...more

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