Understanding the true value of your IP assets: a brief history of insulin

On the occasion of a World IP Day that is taking place in the midst of a global pandemic, and during the life saving rollout of entirely new vaccine technologies, it is worth commemorating the role that innovation has long played in improving human health.

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The significant shift in people’s travel routines over the last 12 months will likely trigger long-term changes for many and our urban spaces will need to continue to develop into ‘smart cities’. Electric vehicles and their charging points will form a significant part of this changing landscape.

County Court confirms pandemic rent suspension clause is normal

Since the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and the early rent concession discussions, landlords and tenants have been grappling with providing for future pandemics. Early thinking that pandemic disruption should be an occupier risk was made difficult by the approach of insurers to occupiers’ business interruption polices (now the subject of a Supreme Court decision). Whatever the ultimate outcome for 2020 policies, future insurance is unlikely to be the answer. So landlords and tenants have been trying to strike a balance in new lease drafting to deal with the risk of future pandemic disruption. But what is normal? What is fair?

Protecting Canadian innovation in the Cleantech sector

Emerging technologies to mitigate environmental impact and even remediate harm that has already occurred, known colloquially as “cleantech”, represent a potentially explosive growth opportunity for Canadian innovation. Intellectual property rights, and in particular patent protection, can be an important asset for Canadian cleantech companies that can and should be leveraged as part of their business and growth strategy. Patent rights can be valuable not only in excluding competitors and soliciting investment, but even in terms of marketing. Patents can demonstrate that a company is on the cutting edge of sustainable technology.

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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Avenues of redress for stakeholders in Cayman incorporated companies facing the excesses of majority shareholders and/or their appointed directors

Against the backdrop of differing economies, laws and regulations throughout Asia, choosing to incorporate Cayman entities into holding and investment structures allows international stakeholders to co-operate under the aegis of a stable and effective judicial system. Appeals from the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands lie with the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal, comprising judges who have held high judicial office in the Commonwealth. The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council is the final Appellate Court for the Cayman Islands. As such, through its Court system, Cayman is able to provide the investment community with impartial, established and highly regarded judicial resources dedicated to resolving complex commercial disputes.

Key changes to the LCIA and ICC arbitration rules

Two of the most prominent arbitral institutions globally, the London Court of International Arbitration and the International Chamber of Commerce, have recently updated their rules to modernise and streamline the way in which arbitrations are administered. The changes are designed to increase efficiency, flexibility and transparency and to embrace the growing use of technology in business today.

Around the world (of Big Tech regulation) in 8 minutes

When Trump was ultimately banned from most mainstream social media services during his final month in office, many questioned if Big Tech should have the power to silence a sitting President in this way and if they had the right rationale to do so. Trump has now handed over @POTUS to Joe Biden and the whole world is talking about what may be in store for Big Tech when it comes to regulation as a result of this transformed understanding.

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