Expedited trademark examination now available in Canada

On May 3, 2021, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) announced that it will begin accepting requests for expedited examination of trademark applications along with other new measures to reduce delays in examination.

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Sarah Townsend and Joanna Rhodes provide a roundup of commercial contract law, reviewing the developments of the last 12 months and highlighting cases that should be at the top of your reference list.

Tech companies: three things you should know from the 2021-22 Quebec budget

The Québec Budget 2021–2022 includes measures encouraging investment to accelerate technology adoption and strengthens several tax measures aimed at the technology sector. The three key tax measures that tech businesses and entrepreneurs should know about are discussed below.

What’s new with strata wind-ups?

A strata wind-up is an excellent way to realize the economic potential of a multi-unit residential property (the “strata”) by leveraging the value of each unit in the strata as a whole to a developer that may want to re-develop on the strata’s property. This article summarizes the onset and development of this emerging sector in light of recent case law and current events.

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The economic substance requirements for Jersey partnerships

The Taxation (Partnerships – Economic Substance) (Jersey) Law 202- was lodged with the States Assembly on 18 May 2021 and, if passed, is expected to come into effect from 1 July 2021 (with a six month transition period to 1 January 2022 for partnerships established before 1 July 2021).

Tokenized copyrights: Linking an NFT to a copyright licence

In our last report on the NFT (Non-fungible tokens) self-experiment “Formulating a smart contract and minting an NFT”, we looked at what data is packed in a freshly minted NFT. In principle, it is possible to include an entire data set of an artwork (i.e. in our case the GIF) in an NFT and thus on the blockchain. We also pointed out that in our self-experiment we did not only link to the digital artwork but also attached a limited usage licence to the NFT (in the metadata; because otherwise the buyer of an NFT in general will not own any intellectual property respectively rights of exploitation or use to the artwork connected to the NFT).

Virtual Asset Service Providers become subject to registration requirements and AML/CTF obligations

On 23 April 2021, provisions of the Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (5AMLD) were transposed into Irish Law by the Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) (Amendment) Act 2021 (CJA 2021), which amends the Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) Act 2010 (CJA 2010). Please see our recent briefing for analysis of changes introduced by 5AMLD: New Irish Anti-Money Laundering Rules.

Child maintenance: traps for the unwary

For parents, the child maintenance system can seem a vast and complicated system of ropes and pulleys for something they expect should be straightforward.

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The head of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s arbitration practice is to join commercial set Twenty Essex. Nigel Rawding QC is an international arbitration practitioner who mainly acts as counsel while occasionally sitting as an arbitrator. He has spent nearly 40 years at Freshfields. Based in London, he has also worked in the firm’s New York and […]

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Download: How GCs are using legal tech

In January, Wolters Kluwer and The Lawyer launched a survey that sought to determine how in-house legal teams use legal technology. The opinions of 130 general counsel from leading organisations across the UK were gathered, and the analysis was supplemented by interviews with legal heads at organisations including Bupa, BT and the City Football Group. […]

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