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Latest Federal Court Cases 06/14/21
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, June 2021

Ronald Chandler v. Phoenix Services LLC, Appeal No. 2020-1848 (Fed. Cir. June 10, 2021) In this week’s Case of the Week, the Federal Circuit addressed the ongoing question of its subject matter jurisdiction over cases involving patents, but that do not concern allegations of infringement or invalidity...

Thailand’s First Initial Coin Offering Using Real Estate Backed Security Tokens Approved by the Thai Securities and Exchange Commission Expected to Raise THB 2.4 billion
DFDL, June 2021

On 22 May 2021, SPV77 Co. Ltd., a special purpose entity set up to issue and offer Siri Hub Investment Digital Tokens (“SIRIHUB”) to investors secured approval from the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) for the country’s first Initial Coin Offering (“ICO”). The first ICO approval by the SEC follows three years of legal changes starting with the passage of the Emergency Decree on Digital Asset Business Operation B.E. 2561 (2018)...

Congress Approves Bill that Contemplates New Tax Measures for Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Companies
Carey, June 2021

On June 10, 2021, the National Congress approved the bill that establishes new tax measures to support micro, small and medium-sized companies in the context of the crisis generated by Covid-19. The bill, which is awaiting the final formalities of enactment and publication, includes the following tax measures: Temporary reduction of the penal interest rate for SMEs from 1...

Shoosmiths Ongoing Support for Change in Forced Marriage Law
Shoosmiths LLP, June 2021

The concept of ‘predatory marriage’ may be unfamiliar to many, but the harm caused by predatory marriage can have serious and permanent testamentary effects. The term is generally applied to forced marriages faced by individuals (usually elderly) whose mental capacity is in doubt or who are vulnerable to undue influence. The estates of these same individuals are often subject to a probate claim after they have passed away...

Key Cases for Employers who Recognise a Trade Union
Shoosmiths LLP, June 2021

We've seen two trade union-related decisions being handed down within a week of each other: Mercer v Alternative Future Group Ltd and Nexus v NURMT & Unite. For those employers with recognised trade unions the decisions are worth taking a closer look at. Mercer v Alternative Future Group Ltd Mercer is not good news for employers...

Real Estate IHL Forum: All Change! Planning: Panacea or Part of the Problem?
Shoosmiths LLP, June 2021

The COVID pandemic has catalysed the decline of traditional retail as the dominant offer in our town centres. There is a growing consensus that a significant part of most town centres needs to have a greater focus on the local community, be experimental and better address local needs. Alongside this, we have the government agenda to ‘level up’ and to ‘build back better’...

UK Cities Investor Guide
Shoosmiths LLP, June 2021

As we emerge from the pandemic, UK cities have a positive future – from the growth of digital broadcasting in Manchester to the positive future for inward investment; from what is needed to preserve our high streets to excitement around the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. The UK Cities Investor Guide is a bi-annual publication produced in partnership with EG, and tackles some of the key challenges and opportunities facing the real estate investment market...

Landmark Decision Clarifies Hong Kong Law on Parallel Imports and Liability of Online Platforms for IP Infringement as well as the Jurisdiction of Hong Kong Courts in Relation to Online Sales by Platforms Based Outside of Hong Kong
Deacons, June 2021

The liability of online platforms for the activities of third-party vendors has always been a controversial area. With the explosion of online shopping as a result of the pandemic, the issue has come under increased scrutiny. Although cases in the UK and EU have discussed the factors that the Court will consider in deciding whether the operator of an online platform is jointly liable, the position in Hong Kong remained uncertain, until now...

Pride in the Workplace 2021: Rosa Ostrom of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, June 2021

Rosa Ostrom (she/her/hers) Company: Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt PC Title: Associate Programs: Pronoun awareness, fighting misgendering, disability access, summer diversity associates, work with transgender prison inmates “Growing up with a substantial amount of privilege and with the support of my firm Schwabe, I feel like I am in a unique position to do this advocacy work...

When Time Runs for Claim in Negligence: Court of Appeal Revisits the Position
Shoosmiths LLP, June 2021

Court of Appeal revisits the position of when time runs for claim in professional negligence. Careful thought is required when assessing limitation periods where there is a delay between the negligent act and the loss crystallising.  The time when a cause of action accrues is critical when assessing whether that claim has been brought within the statutory limitation period...

Public Health ‘Trumps’ Commercial Losses – B.C. Supreme Court Rules in Favour of Landlords in a COVID-19 Related Termination
Lawson Lundell LLP, June 2021

Commercial landlords have, in the past year and a half, dealt with many novel issues in relation to COVID-19, often on an emergency basis. Few landlords have had to deal with both public health order violations and gang crime relating to the same tenant, as in a recent decision of the B.C. Supreme Court, Ivy Lounge West Georgia Limited Partnership v. TA F&B Limited Partnership, 2021 BCSC 997...

Copyright…Hell or Divine?
ENSafrica, June 2021

Remember Nirvana? There have been reports about an interesting copyright infringement case involving the grunge band Nirvana, a band that is still associated by many with frontman Kurt Cobain. Yet this case does not involve music copyright. Rather it deals with copyright in an artistic work, a drawing. How about Dante’s Inferno? The case has been brought by a lady called Jocelyn Susan Bundy. Bundy is the granddaughter of C.W. Scott-Giles, a heraldry expert who died in 1982...

Trade Marks: You Gotta Have (Good) Faith
ENSafrica, June 2021

Some opening words In South Africa, as in many jurisdictions, the concept of good faith (bona fides) crops up a lot. So, for example, in order to get registration of a trade mark, the applicant must have a good faith intention to use the trade mark. Once the trade mark is registered the owner must use it in good faith in order to keep the registration alive. In the words of George Michael, “You gotta have faith". Good faith...

Confusingly Similar Trade Marks: What’s Happening in Europe?
ENSafrica, June 2021

We tend to keep an eye on trade mark developments in Europe. It makes sense because South African trade mark law is very similar to EU trade mark law and there’s far more activity in the EU. South African courts do, of course, often consider EU trade mark judgments. Here are a few recent cases:  Rounded curves, thicker lines and a horizontal orientation…was the judge’s mind wandering a little? This was an interesting one...

Cal/OSHA Passes Revisions to its COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards
Hanson Bridgett LLP, June 2021

Key Points Starting July 31, 2021, all employees who are not fully vaccinated shall be provided respirators for voluntary use. Exclusion pay is required even if an employee is not able to work. Employers should amend their COVID-19 Prevention Plans.     Introduction On June 3, 2021, the Cal/OSHA Standards Board (Board) passed changes to the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS). Initially, the Board voted 4-3 against the proposed ETS...

Latest Federal Court Cases, 06/07/21
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, June 2021

Gilbert P. Hyatt v. Andrew Hirshfeld, Appeal Nos. 2018-2390, -2391, -2392, 2019-1038, -1039, -1049, -1070 (Fed. Cir. June 1, 2021) This week’s Case of the Week explores a long-running dispute between controversial inventor Gilbert Hyatt and the Patent Office concerning patent applications filed in 1995 that claim priority to applications filed in the 1970s and 1980s. They can be fairly described as submarine patents...

Legal Status of Digital Assets from the Corporate Income Tax Perspective According to the Thai Revenue Code
Kudun and Partners, June 2021

Saravut Krailadsiri, our tax partner and Pichaya Nimcharoen, our tax associate recently published a journal for Thailand’s Office of Judicial and Legal Affairs of the Court of Justice, Thailand as part of “Dunlaphaha: Journal of the Court of Justice...

Schwabe Gets Briefed on JTM’s Esterra Park Carbon-Neutral Project
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, June 2021

The final phase of the Esterra Park development in Redmond, Washington, is a carbon-neutral development. Schwabe client JTM Construction is the general contractor for that project. As attorneys, we are interested in staying up to date on market trends, so we asked JTM to put together a panel to brief Schwabe’s Real Estate and Construction industry group on the carbon-neutral aspects of the project...

Courting Billionaires
TSMP Law Corporation, June 2021

Fast becoming the Monaco of the East, Singapore is luring global UHNWIs to set up family offices here due to its wealth-friendly tax and regulatory regime, and its position at the global economic growth epicentre. Sergey Brin (net worth: US$104 billion). Google’s co-founder and the world’s ninth-richest person set up a branch of his single family office (SFO), Bayshore Global Management, in Singapore to manage his local assets late last year...

Competition Commission Prohibits Merger on New Public Interest Ground
ENSafrica, June 2021

On 1 June 2021, the Competition Commission released a media statement indicating that it had, on public interest grounds, prohibited a proposed transaction whereby a private equity firm, ECP Africa, intended to acquire Burger King (South Africa) and Grand Foods Meat Plant from Grand Parade Investments...

EU Data Protection Officer Initiates Proceedings against Institutions of the European Union for using Amazon AWS and Microsoft Office 365
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, June 2021

Since the European Court of Justice declared the EU-US Privacy Shield as an invalid legal basis for the transfer of personal data to the US, stipulating increased requirements for the use of the EU standard contractual clauses in July 2020 (C-311/18, 'Schrems II'), uncertainty has been rife within many companies: a legally compliant data transfer to the USA on the basis of the Privacy Shield is no longer possible and the new EU standard contractual clauses announced in November 202

Amendments to the Business Corporations Act Permit Virtual Meetings in British Columbia
Lawson Lundell LLP, June 2021

Virtual shareholder meetings have become ubiquitous for both public and private companies since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Canadian securities regulators, stock exchanges and federal and provincial governments quickly responded to accommodate electronic meetings where it was otherwise not permitted. In British Columbia, Ministerial Order No...

Allegations That COVID-19 was Physically Present and Altered Property are Sufficient to Sustain COVID-19 Business Interruption Suit
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, June 2021

On Wednesday, a federal judge in Texas denied Factory Mutual’s Rule 12(c) motion for judgment on the pleadings, finding that the plaintiffs adequately alleged that the presence of COVID-19 on their property caused covered physical loss or damage in the case of Cinemark Holdings, Inc. v. Factory Mutual Insurance Co., No. 4:21-CV-00011 (E.D. Tex. May 5, 2021)...

Share Transfers in a Cambodian Entity – 5 Critical Tax Issues You Need To Know!
DFDL, June 2021

2021 has continued to see steady activity with respect to acquisitions and re-structuring of businesses in the Cambodian market. There are a number of factors at the forefront of this activity, not least the pending capital gains tax implementation date of 1 January 2022, bargain hunting of distressed assets, and internal re-structuring of multi-national organizations, to name a few...

The Supreme Court Agrees to Decide Whether Immaterial Registration Errors Can Serve as the Basis for Invalidating Copyright Registrations
Buchalter, June 2021

By: Matthew Seror and Aaron Levine On June 1, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in a case that will likely determine once and for all whether courts are empowered to void copyright registrations based on immaterial registration errors, or whether a showing of bad faith or an intent-to-defraud is required. The underlying case, Unicolors v. H&M, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS U.S. App. LEXIS 17097 (9th Cir...



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