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Intellectual Property Protection in New Zealand

Intellectual Property Protection in New Zealand

Published: 11 Aug 2022

Before international franchisors enter into the New Zealand market, they should ensure that their intellectual property is protected in New Zealand. The term “intellectual property” encompasses trade marks, registered designs, copyright and patents. The protection of the rights to intellectual property is fundamental to any franchised business. In New Zealand the franchisor’s intellectual property...

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The Validity of “Informed” Consent

The Validity of “Informed” Consent

Published: 09 Aug 2022

This case involves a 55-year-old retired civil servant, who was now singing in a sixties-style tribute band. He presented with a swelling on the left side of his thyroid gland. A needle biopsy showed this to be benign, but he was counselled by the surgeon to have a resection of the left side of his thyroid gland, as, “just because we have not found cancer, there may still be cancer in the tissues”...

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Hong Kong Proposed Tax Concession for Family Offices

Hong Kong Proposed Tax Concession for Family Offices

Published: 09 Aug 2022

The Hong Kong Government has released details of a proposed tax concession for investment profits earned by single family offices managed from Hong Kong provided total assets under management is at least HK$240 million (approx. US$30 million). In this article, we outline the proposal. If you would like more information about the proposed family office tax concession or the possibility of setting u...

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Hong Kong Company Secretary’s Practice Manual (5th Edition) of Belinda Wong

Hong Kong Company Secretary’s Practice Manual (5th Edition) of Belinda Wong

Published: 08 Aug 2022

Written specially for local practitioners, theHong Kong Company Secretary’s Practice Manual (5th Edition)provides a concise explanation of the laws and issues affecting company secretarial practice.https://www.amazon.com/Hong-Company-Secretarys-Practice-Manual/dp/9881552362

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Japan IP Rules Changing: Stricter Trademark Import Rules, Looser Late Filing Standards

Japan IP Rules Changing: Stricter Trademark Import Rules, Looser Late Filing Standards

Published: 04 Aug 2022

In 2021, the Japanese Diet (parliament) passed various amendments to intellectual property law. Two major changes were made, and this month, Prime Minister Kishida’s Cabinet issued executive ordinances to implement the amendments. Here is a summary of the two major changes–perhaps long needed, but “better late than never.” October 1, 2022: Closing Loophole for Trademark Infringing Goods Imported b...

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JPO Annual Report 2022: Trademark Applications – More Filed, Examined Faster

JPO Annual Report 2022: Trademark Applications – More Filed, Examined Faster

Published: 04 Aug 2022

The Japan Patent Office Annual Report (特許行政年次報告書) of 2022 (JPOAR 2022), issued late last month, sums up trends through 2021 in particular with a variety of data (including comparisons with other patent offices). The JPOAR 2022 is quite detailed, so we cannot cover everything, but this caught attention: Trademark Applications Increasing, and JPO’s Examination Speed Improving The Nikkei Shimbun, Jap...

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Sharia’ Governance Framework in the UAE

Sharia’ Governance Framework in the UAE

Published: 02 Aug 2022

1-The United Arab Emirates (the “UAE”) has a comprehensive Sharia’ governance framework issued by the Central Bank of the UAE (the “Central Bank”). The framework provides in detail for the Sharia’ governance bodies and requirements related to Islamic financial institutions and Islamic windows. Branches of foreign financial institutions that provide Sharia’ compliant products should either adhere t...

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Hong Kong Court Ordered Interim Measures to Support Arbitration

Hong Kong Court Ordered Interim Measures to Support Arbitration

Published: 28 Jul 2022

Hong Kong courts are empowered by legislation to grant interim measures in support of arbitral proceedings which have been or are to be commenced in or outside Hong Kong. In this article, we explore the scope of these powers and discuss two common types of interim measures which the court may grant. Should you wish to find out more about this topic, pleasecontactone of ourdispute resolutionlawyers...

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