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Focus on Innovative Start Ups

A company strongly inclined to technological innovation with no limitations as to the sector (from digital to manufacturing, from trade to agriculture) - Did you know there are many tax benefits (and otherwise) in the...more

New FTC Report Recommends Steps to Improve Mobile Security Updates

In February 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a report that explores the complexities of the mobile ecosystem and makes recommendations for industry to improve the mobile security update process for consumers....more

A Call For Celebration As The African Union Turns 55 - Africa Day 2018

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This year's Africa Day follows hot on the heels of the success of Marvel Studio's Black Panther, which has grossed over $1,334,929,992 since its initial release in Hollywood in early 2018, becoming one of the highest grossing...more

Recent Blockchain Patents of Note

As we have previously reported, the number of blockchain patents being filed and granted is continuing to increase. According to a Thomson Reuters report, 225 out of the 406 blockchain patents (55.4%) filed in 2017 came from...more

CFIUS Reform Legislation Update

by Jones Day on

On May 11, 2018, the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs ("Committee") released a "discussion draft" of the Committee's amendment to the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2017...more

Automakers and suppliers in the U.S. and EU grapple with increased scrutiny, new emissions requirements, and evolving guidance...

by Hogan Lovells on

In this hoganlovells.com interview, Joanne Rotondi, a partner in the Hogan Lovells Washington, D.C. office, and Sabine Chromek, a senior associate in the firm’s Munich office, discuss recent regulatory impacts on auto...more

Cryptocurrency Debit Card Startup Founders Indicted

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York has announced that a federal grand jury has returned an indictment against three Florida men who co-founded cryptocurrency company Centra Tech, Inc. The...more

Patent law in Europe: What pharmaceutical companies need to know

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Increasing competition within Europe’s pharmaceutical space makes knowing the market and understanding available patent protections more critical than ever for both well established and new market players. Andreas von Falck...more

Some Fed. Circ. Guidance On Patent Pleading Standard - Law360

After having its complaint for patent infringement dismissed for failure to state a claim and being denied its request to file an amended complaint in the Middle District of Georgia, Disc Disease Solutions turned to the...more

Tax on cryptocurrency transactions: SARS should come to the aid of taxpayers

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The South African Revenue Service (SARS) recently released a media statement indicating that “normal income tax rules” apply to cryptocurrency transactions. ...more

IRS Bitcoin Enforcement: Four Suggestions for Cryptocurrency Investors

In January 2018, an individual investor visited my office and asked me to prepare income tax returns based on his cryptocurrency trading gains. This individual used U.S. dollars to buy Bitcoins. ...more

The Coming Storm? CFIUS Reform and Considerations for Private Equity

by Dechert LLP on

As the United States Congress debates new legislation to strengthen reviews of cross-border transactions for potential national security concerns, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS or the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The long-standing unease between CBS and the Redstone family bubbled over into a “corporate declaration of war” yesterday, with CBS suing controlling shareholder Shari Redstone and her family’s holding company to prevent (or...more

Legal Issues With Blockchain-Based Crypto Games and Collectibles

The use of blockchain technology for crypto games and token-based digital collectibles is on the rise. One of the first crypto games of note was CryptoKitties. It may turn out that CryptoKitties becomes to crypto games what...more

GDPR Countdown – Two Weeks to Go

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As we roll into the final two weeks of our countdown, we’re going to take something of a step back and look at issues more broadly. Yesterday, we discussed Google’s AI, and how we’re all going to be living in the Duplex, as...more

Capital Markets Alert – Public Market Advocacy Groups Release Guidance

On April 27, 2018, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Nasdaq, along with certain technology and biotechnology groups, released a policy paper titled “Expanding...more

“OK Google – Is this Legal?”

by Ward PLLC on

Machine learning and artificial intelligence are the “it” buzzwords of mid-2018, and even after our short attention spans turn to something else, the concepts behind the words will continue to evolve. Everyone talks about...more

Israeli Cyber Security Deals Double from Q4/2017 in $1.52 Billion First Quarter for High-Tech Companies

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Key facts: - $1.52 billion was raised in 181 deals—an increase in the number of deals and the total sum - A rounds captured a third of the total amount raised - Capital raising by companies in R&D stage leapt 60%,...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Meet ZTE (well, meet them again.  We’ve discussed them before), the massive Chinese electronics maker banned last month by the White House from using US-made components that could well be the “first casualty of the high-tech...more

Straight Talks: Data privacy and cybersecurity in the age of rolling smart devices

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1970 to safeguard the environment against pollutants. The tidal wave of environmental regulations that followed impacted every industry in the United States, especially...more

Three Future Trends Every Gig Business Should Know About

by Fisher Phillips on

As of a few months ago, there were approximately 127.7 million full-time gig workers in the United States. And with statistics supporting continued growth into the future, upstart businesses, traditional businesses, and every...more

IRS Focus: Tracking Cryptocurrency

by Moskowitz LLP on

In our recent blogs on the new Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Division (IRS-CI) priorities, we noted that new IRS-CI director John D. Fort has placed his department on high alert for tax fraud involving bitcoin and other...more

The Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive: Extending the Scope of the European Union’s Regulatory Authority to Virtual Currency...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On April 19, 2018, the European Parliament (“EP”) adopted the European Commission’s (the “Commission”) proposal for a Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (“AMLD5”) to prevent terrorist financing and money laundering through...more

Global Regulatory Update for Cryptocurrency and Initial Coin Offerings

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• The rapid proliferation of technological advancements in global financial markets has caused regulators in several countries to increase their scrutiny of investments in, and implications of, cryptocurrencies. • This...more

Foreign Companies Pursuing Business in China: Proceed with Caution

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The trade relationship between the United States and China is top of mind for many business owners, especially within the technology sector. Recently, Chinese President Xi Jinping denied the U.S. Government’s request to end...more

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