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Newsletter
26 March 2015
Mayer Brown Newsletter
Competition; State Aid; Trade & Customs; Internal Market & General; Financial Services & Taxation; Agriculture & Maritime Affairs; Energy; Environment; Health & Consumer Safety; Digital & Information Society; Transport; Justice & Citizens' Rights; Euro & Economy; Foreign Affairs & Accession
Legal Update
March 2015
Mayer Brown Legal Update
Two major changes have been introduced with effect from the tax year ending 5 April 2015 and later years which affect employee share plans operated in relation to employees in the UK. Any company with share plans which benefit employees resident in the UK for tax purposes will need to address these changes.
Brochure
2015
Mayer Brown have updated their Country by Country Reference Guide to International Arbitration in Sub-Saharan Africa for 2015. Covering 49 countries, this Guide covers the key facts, considerations and risks in relation to arbitration in the region.
Newsletter
26 March 2015
2015 Q1
Mayer Brown JSM Newsletter

In this edition, we look at:

Copyright – Hong Kong

  • The Draft Copyright Tribunal Rules – Not There Yet

Trade Marks –Hong Kong

  • Burberry v Polo Santa: A Recent Case on the Standard of Use Required to Resist Non-Use Revocation

Patents – China

  • The Impact of Improved Administrative Patent Enforcement Rules for Foreign Patentees

Data Privacy –Hong Kong

  • Crossing Borders – New Guidance on the Transfer of Personal Data Outside Hong Kong
  • Data Privacy in Hong Kong, the Past, the Present and the Future: An “Appy” and Brave New World?

Technology – Hong Kong

  • Out With the Old, and In With the New: Amendments to the Payment Regulations in Hong Kong

Technology – China

  • Made in China or Made for China: CBRC Guidelines Might Bifurcate the Global IT Supply Industry
Newsletter
25 March 2015
Newsletter
25 March 2015
Newsletter
25 March 2015
Newsletter
25 March 2015
First Quarter 2015
Mayer Brown Newsletter
Legal Update
25 March 2015
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The America Invents Act of 2011 (AIA) created procedural vehicles for new market participants, such as investment firms, to challenge patents. These procedural vehicles include inter partes review (“IPR”) and post-grant review (“PGR”).
Newsletter
25 March 2015
Newsletter
25 March 2015
Newsletter
25 March 2015
Newsletter
25 March 2015
Mayer Brown Newsletter
Competition; State Aid; Trade & Customs; Internal Market & General; Financial Services & Taxation; Energy; Environment; Health & Consumer Safety; Digital & Information Society; Justice & Citizens' Rights; Euro & Economy; Foreign Affairs & Accession
Legal Update
25 March 2015
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On February 3, 2015, the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) announced the results of their cybersecurity examination initiatives.
Legal Update
25 March 2015
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The US Supreme Court’s March 24, 2015, ruling in B&B Hardware Inc. v. Hargis Industries Inc. will almost certainly change the use and importance of Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) proceedings, but there are many open questions about how significant the impact of the Supreme Court’s decision will be. In a 7-2 ruling, the Court held that TTAB decisions on likelihood of confusion for purposes of trademark registration could have a preclusive effect in federal trademark litigation “so long as the other ordinary elements of issue preclusion are met.”
Newsletter
25 March 2015
Newsletter
25 March 2015
Legal Update
24 March 2015
Mayer Brown JSM Legal Update

Last week we gave you an overview of the four Cardinal Sins under the Competition Ordinance. This week we discuss Cardinal Sin No.1 – price fixing.

Price fixing is one of the worst violations of competition law that will attract the most serious fines. While price fixing may sound straightforward and intuitive, in practice, the legal concept of price fixing captures a wide array of conduct, some of which you may find yourself inadvertently engaging in.

In this article we examine the elements of price fixing and use examples to illustrate how you may avoid entering into a price fixing agreement.

Newsletter
24 March 2015
Mayer Brown Newsletter
Competition; State Aid; Trade & Customs; Internal Market & General; Industry, Employment, Research; Financial Services & Taxation; Agriculture & Maritime Affairs; Energy & Climate Change; Consumer/Food Safety & Health; Digital & Information Society; Transport; Justice & Citizens' Rights; Euro & Economy; Future of Europe; Foreign Affairs & Accession
Legal Update
March 2015
Mayer Brown Legal Update
Spring 2015 will see what the Government has described as “the most fundamental change to the way people access their pension savings in almost a century”. A range of new flexibilities will be introduced for DC benefits, as well as related changes to statutory transfer rights for all benefit types, and new requirements for DB transfers.
23 March 2015
Competition; State Aid; Trade & Customs; Internal Market & General; Industry, Employment, Research; Financial Services & Taxation; Agriculture & Maritime Affairs; Energy; Environment; Consumer, Food Safety/Health; Digital & Information Society; Transport; Justice & Citizens' Rights; Euro & Economy; Future of Europe; Foreign Affairs & Accession
Legal Update
20 March 2015
Tauil & Chequer Legal Update
More than a year after Brazil enacted the Clean Companies Act (Law 12,846 of August 1, 2013) ("CCA"), President Dilma Rousseff signed Decree 8,420 (the “Decree”) to regulate the Act. The regulations came on the heels of massive protests against corruption.
Newsletter
20 March 2015
Mayer Brown Newsletter
Competition; State Aid; Trade & Customs; Internal Market & General; Industry, Employment, Research; Financial Services & Taxation; Agriculture & Maritime Affairs; Energy; Environment; Consumer, Food Safety/Health; Digital & Information Society; Transport; Justice & Citizens' Rights; Euro & Economy; Future of Europe; Foreign Affairs & Accession
Legal Update
March 2015
Mayer Brown Legal Update
In the Budget 2015 delivered on Wednesday 18 March 2015, the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne set out several significant tax breaks for the UK oil and gas sector. Set against the background of a maturing UK basin, albeit one with significant resources as yet unexplored, the Government states that these measures are "expected to lead to over £4 billion of additional investment and at least 120 million barrels of oil equivalent of additional production in the next 5 years."
Legal Update
19 March 2015
Mayer Brown JSM Legal Update
On 13 March 2015, the National Development and Reform Commission (“NDRC”) and Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”) jointly released the 2015 version of the Foreign Investment Industrial Guidance Catalogue (“2015 Catalogue”) to replace the current catalogue adopted in 2011 (“2011 Catalogue”). The 2015 Catalogue will enter into effect as from 10 April 2015.

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