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Canada amends Cannabis Act to include First Nations

By Cam Cameron On September, 27, 2018, Bill-36 (the Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act, 2018) was introduced by the Ontario government. If passed, it will, inter alia, enact the Cannabis License Act, 2018, and amend the Cannabis Act, 2017 as well as the Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation Act, 2017. We anticipate that First Nations will generally […]

Canada: Cannabis brand launch checklist

By Natalie S. Rizkalla-Kamel, Monique M. Couture With the legalization of recreational cannabis set for October 17, 2018, cannabis companies are flooding the Canadian trademarks register with an array of new trademark applications. In 2018 alone, over 1700 trademark applications were filed in the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) in association with goods and services containing the […]

Where we are now with e-conveyancing and electronic mortgage deeds?

By Christina Gill In a consultation paper published in August 2018 the Law Commission has sought to address legal uncertainty surrounding the electronic execution of documents, which is causing practical problems in today’s fast-paced, technology-driven business world. For example, whilst basic contracts can be validly formed without any documentation or formality, other contracts and legal documents must comply with […]

Guide to implement new internship rules in Romania

By Amalia Surugiu, Amalia Surugiu The internship contract is an alternative tool by which a company provides a student or trainee the opportunity to work in the company to gain theoretical and practical knowledge in a specific field, with a view to possible employment after the internship is complete. The template documents necessary to put […]

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FFW raids Dubarry to go it alone in Paris

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Freshfields chases Bloxham for £100k costs

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is pursuing its former insolvency partner Peter Bloxham for £100,000 costs following his failed age discrimination claim. An application for costs has been filed just before the 28-day deadline after the judgment was passed down. Bloxham’s solicitors Dawsons stated today: “Peter Bloxham will be vigorously defending the wholly misconceived application for a […]

Powell Gilbert secures House of Lords patent clarification

IP boutique Powell Gilbert has won its first House of Lords decision since it split from Bristows in March, clarifying the rules on patent ownership in the process. Powell Gilbert is acting for Yeda Research and Development in its long-running battle for patent ownership against biotech companies Rhone-Poulenc Rorer and Imclone. The patent at stake […]

Norton Rose snubs Brazil for Turkey in global focus

Norton Rose snubs Brazil for Turkey in global focus” />Norton Rose has refocused its international strategy to centre on emerging markets in the East. The scheme, known as the New Horizons campaign, focuses on building geographically centred practices to service Turkey, Russia, India and China (TRIC) rather than Brazil, Russia, India and China, as favoured […]

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