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WTO Appellate Body Report: Indonesia – Import Licensing Regimes

by White & Case LLP on

...The WTO Appellate Body has ruled that certain import licensing measures maintained by Indonesia constitute impermissible import restrictions under Article XI:1 of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) 1994....more

A binding treaty on business and human rights? Still a way to go.

by Hogan Lovells on

Last week (23-27 October 2017), the third round of negotiations on a binding international treaty on business and human rights concluded.  In this post we consider what (if any) progress has been made and what the sticking...more

4 Key Takeaways: The Hague Agreement & Design Filings – Things You Need to Know & Do

Kilpatrick Townsend partner Babak Kusha, along with a panel of other thought leaders, recently presented a Knowledge Group webinar on the topic of “The Hague Agreement and Design Filings.” The Hague Agreement is an...more

Saving grace

by McAfee & Taft on

One of the benefits of a patent under the U.S. system is, for a limited time, the patent owner gets the exclusive right to manufacture, use and sell the invention. The public policy behind this is to create an incentive for...more

Don’t Get Berned – An Important Limitation on Enforcement of Foreign Copyrights Under U.S. Law

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Since March 1, 1989, the United States has been a member of an international copyright treaty named the Berne Convention (formally called the “International Union for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works”). This...more

Patent Prosecution Highway Agreements (PPH) in Colombia

by Dentons on

The Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) is enshrined in bilateral and multilateral treaties which allow patent applicants to accelerate the patentability examination in industrial property offices of the member countries. All...more

Brexit: The Great Repeal Bill

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On 13 July 2017, the UK government published the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, known as the “Great Repeal Bill.” This major piece of constitutional legislation sets out the government’s proposals for transforming existing...more

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

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

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