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Russian restrictions for VPNs and anonymisers

By Meldir Erbulekova On July 29 2017 the Law on Amendments to the Law on Information, Information Technologies and Protection of Information (Federal Law 276 FZ) was adopted. The new law provides for the regulation of VPNs and other technologies (known as ‘anonymisers’) that allow users to surf the Internet anonymously. The new legal framework […]

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By Maria Aronikova On October 5 2017 the Russian Patent and Trademark Office (Rospatent) officially announced that expedited examination will be available for all applications. Rospatent had abrogated its former expedited examination practice in 2012. Since then, patent law has allowed accelerated examination through the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) system…

National minimum wage and ‘sleep-in’ shifts

By Connie Cliff and Martin Chitty Treatment of “sleep­in” shifts for national minimum wage (NMW) purposes is an area that can often cause confusion. Where a worker is required to work a number of sleep­in night shifts at the employer’s premises, and be available in case of an emergency, does the full night shift constitute ‘working’ […]

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It was recently reported that a family in Nantes, France has become the first in the world to move into a 3D­ printed house. The four­-bedroom property is a prototype for bigger projects aiming to make housebuilding quicker and cheaper. In our Planning 2020 white paper, we approached 100 senior decision makers working in the […]

Clarity on Russian cryptocurrency and crowdfunding

By Meldir Erbulekova and Yulia Yarnykh From Russian rapper Basta launching his own cryptocurrency in December 2017 to top businesses exploring initial coin offerings (ICOs) and other alternative funding models, the Russian market is investing rapidly in blockchain technology and fintech…

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