New Design Patent Test Creates Uncertainty Over What’s Obvious

The Federal Circuit’s more relaxed framework for invalidating obvious design patents will require years of legal work to iron out nuances in district courts and at the US Patent and Trademark Office. The Tuesday opinion unwound a test for design patents dating back 42 years, bringing the approach more in line with how obviousness is determined for […]

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Minimizing Tax Risks: Key to Structuring a Successful M&A Deal

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure when it comes to merger and acquisition (M&A) deals. Incorporating a comprehensive strategy to mitigate tax risks and optimize tax advantages is an essential component of any M&A deal strategy, demanding a nuanced understanding of multifaceted legal expertise. Omitting tax considerations in structuring a deal […]

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Understanding the Dawn Donut Rule for Trademarks

Trademark not enforced If markets are separate Under Dawn Donuts In trademark law, the general rule is that, where two parties seek to use the same trademark in the same geographic area, the earlier (“senior”) user has rights superior to those of a subsequent (“junior”) user. However, under the Dawn Donut rule, if the use […]

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Do you know what happens on June 16, 2024?©

The new EU AI Office begins operating!!! What does that mean? Implementation and enforcement of the EU AI Act begins. Why should businesses care? The EU AI Act applies extraterritorially. The new AI Office will soon release guidelines and rules on using AI, especially prohibited AI, which takes effect later this year. #AIGovernance is here […]

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Building The AI Superhighway

A lot has been made of the growing concentration in the S&P 500, most notably through the rise of the “Magnificent 7.” Technology companies have grown over the last decade to dominate the index, a trend that accelerated through COVID. After COVID, the rest of the market started to catchup, before more recently the Magnificent […]

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European elections on 9 June: challenges and prospects · VIDEO-Interview with Carles Gasòliba

A few days before the European Parliament elections, our partner Valentín Pich talks to economist, consultant and expert on European issues Carles Gasòliba about the main challenges facing the EU in the coming years, such as catching up with its competitors in terms of technology, climate change and the construction of a Europe of defence, […]

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Petitions Filed Requesting the Imposition of Antidumping Duties on Imports of Large Top Mount Combination Refrigerator-Freezers from Thailand

On May 30, 2024, Electrolux Consumer Products, Inc. filed a petition for the imposition of antidumping duties on the imports Large Top Mount Combination Refrigerator-Freezers from Thailand. The petition alleges a dumping margin of 165.13 %. The petition identifies certain foreign producers/exporters and U.S. importers of the investigated product. The products covered by this petition […]

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Discover Our Boston Event Schedule

In just two weeks, IR Global will be heading to Boston – one of the most dynamic cities on the US east coast – for our next ‘On the Road’ Conference. We’re excited to welcome members from all over the world to the luxuriously elegant Fairmont Copley Plaza. Thank you to our headline sponsors: Broadhurst, […]

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THE TOP 100 EUROPEAN INDEPENDENT FIRMS 2022: IBERIAN NETWORKS, AND THE FUTURE OF EUROPEAN NETWORKS

For our final post on this topic of the top 100 European independent firms, our first stop is the Iberian peninsula. As we’ve said before, the Spanish firms are the true European heavyweights. And they tend to have extensive international networks of offices to match. They continue the trend of tending to follow established historic […]

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Wissam Abousleiman is raising funds for Lebanon to enter a team at the 4th ISKF World Shoto Cup

For nearly 3 decades now, ISKF Lebanon continues to be a dedicated organization towards teaching the traditional Japanese martial arts of Karate-do, Aikido, & Iaido. Currently, we are training hard & working tirelessly to send a delegation, of about 40 officials, judges, competitors, & coaches, to represent Lebanon at the prestigious 4th ISKF World Shoto […]

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Overcoming Landlord Silence: The Vesting Order Approach

Dealing with a silent or absent Landlord In the realm of property ownership, the concept of an absentee freeholder can present a unique set of challenges for leaseholders. An absentee or silent freeholder situation arises when the owner of the leasehold property is unable to establish contact with their freeholder. While this may initially appear […]

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