Registering personal names as trademarks in Russia

Tying a name or surname to a business is a time-honoured tradition and is particularly common in service industries. It serves personal ambitions and offers clear marketing advantages, as it creates a tie between a generic product and a manufacturer’s personality. Further, clients gain confidence in the quality of an organisation’s work because the owner is not afraid to put their own name on the business and its products or services. For entrepreneurs, this is an opportunity to distinguish their business from similar ones and protect their brand from dilution.

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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.

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