Indonesia: New regulation on electronic systems and transactions

Government Regulation No. 71 of 2019 on the Implementation of Electronic Systems and Transactions revokes and replaces Government Regulation No. 82 of 2012 on the same subject. Recent Development After long discussion and the preparation of several drafts, the government has finally issued Government Regulation No. 71 of 2019 on the Implementation of Electronic Systems …

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Drafting and enforcing semiconductor patents

Semiconductor patents, those that protect the invention of new computer memory chips, are among the most commonly granted modern patents. Protecting semiconductor device and fabrication process inventions can be challenging. This is because showing that these types of inventions are being used by others often requires reverse engineering, a process that is costly and time …

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Supreme Court of Canada’s “expectation of privacy” analysis in R. v. Jarvis

 Canada’s Supreme Court laid out a highly nuanced, heavily contextualized framework for determining when and where a reasonable expectation of privacy exists. On February 14, 2019, the Supreme Court of Canada decided yet another criminal law decision that will likely have broader ramifications for privacy law. In R. v. Jarvis, the Supreme Court of Canada builds …

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The significance of IP protection in the wake of the FCCPA 2019

Nigeria’s new Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Act puts in place specific checks on false advertisements, deceptive packaging and enhanced accountability on the part of vendors and service providers. In February 2019, further to the outcry by consumers and business owners to have a body of laws that protect their interests, grow the economy and …

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Malaysia’s accession to the Madrid Protocol

Malaysia became the 106th member of the Madrid System on 27th September 2019 Malaysia finally deposited its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol with the World Intellectual Property Organization on 27 September 2019 which allows the Protocol to come into force in Malaysia on 27 December 2019. It is anticipated that the new Trademarks …

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Protecting your trade secrets in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Trade secrets frequently drive the success of a business; don’t wait until there is a problem to protect them. Does your company have confidential information? What about trade secrets? The concept of owning and protecting confidential information or trade secrets may not have occurred to most businesses. Yet, if you have a client list, pricing …

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Cambodia enacts a new E-commerce Law and a Consumer Protection Law

 Cambodia’s new laws aim to regulate the Kingdom’s e-commerce in line with the international community and ensure a level playing field in the business sector. In support of Cambodia’s rapidly growing economy, the Cambodian government enacted the Law on Electronic Commerce (E-commerce Law) and the Law on Consumer Protection (Consumer Protection Law) on November 2, …

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Do non-compete clauses unfairly handcuff employees?

Employers today increasingly require their employees to sign a contract promising not to compete for a period of time after they leave a firm. Employers justify these “non-compete” agreements as necessary to protect trade secrets. The protection of valuable trade secrets is a legitimate concern for many businesses, and because employees are the most likely …

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Forum shopping in patent cases

Many defendants in patent infringement cases argue that case law (such as VE Holding in 1990) allowing patent lawsuits to be filed in any district in which the defendant has sales have only encouraged abusive patent litigation. They say this practice, which they call “forum shopping,” allows patent owners to file infringement suits in courts that are …

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Fonts are intellectual property too

In today’s competitive business world, one of the best ways to increase awareness of a company is via an instantly recognisable logo. That way, as soon as people think of a sector, they immediately picture the logo of the leading organisation. For example, most people who think of Barclays Bank can easily call to mind …

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