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Asialaw proudly supports Hong Kong Arbitration Week 2017

25 September 2017 by Asia law

Hong Kong Arbitration Week is back! Taking place October 15-20, the week-long event is now in its sixth year.

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Interview with Nadine Maurellet, general counsel, The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels

22 September 2017 by Asia law

This month, we sit down with Nadine Maurellet, general counsel, The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, best known for its Peninsula hotel brand, as she talks about the importance of communication, the ability to work with a diverse range of people as an in-house counsel and the challenges facing the hospitality industry.

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Thailand introduces new competition law

12 September 2017 by Asia law

Tougher competition legislation will enter into force in Thailand on October 5. Important features of the Trade Competition Act include a dual merger approval system, the ability for the Competition Commission to impose criminal sanctions and an expansion of the scope of businesses covered, including state-owned enterprises. Though a competition law has been in place for the past 18 years, the authorities have never used it to prosecute anyone. The ineffectiveness of the existing law has prompted them to strengthen regulations.

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Tesla’s fast pace appeals to Denise Ho

08 September 2017 by Asia law

Meet Denise Ho, Head of Legal, Asia Pacific (ex China) at Tesla. Passionate about technology, innovation and sustainable energy, she has found she thrives in a fast-paced environment that is always changing and keeps her thinking on her feet. That is what she has at Tesla, which is quickly expanding into different markets with its electric vehicles and energy products. She tells Asialaw about her career change from a M&A lawyer to the in-house role at Tesla and the challenging yet fulfilling aspects of her job.

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New Zealand joins Global Patent Prosecution Highway

04 September 2017 by Asia law

The Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) became a participant patent office in the Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH) on July 6.

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New Balance scores win in Chinese trade mark infringement case

01 September 2017 by Asia law

New Balance has won in a trade mark infringement dispute in a first instance decision from the Suzhou Intermediate People’s Court. The court ordered the defendants to pay damages and legal costs of RMB10 million ($1.47 million) in a case involving the use of the shoemaker’s slanting logo.

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Philippine businesses grapple with data privacy regulations

30 August 2017 by Asia law

The implementing rules and regulations for The Philippines’s Data Privacy Act (DPA) came into force almost a year ago. However, businesses are still feeling the effects of the new law as they grapple with the requirements to seek consent from the individuals and organisations whose data they want to collect.

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India releases new guidelines for examinations of computer-related inventions

25 August 2017 by Asia law

India has a new set of guidelines for examinations of computer related inventions that are more favourable to patentees by removing a novel hardware requirement that was stipulated in the previous guidelines. However, Indian IP practitioners see ambiguities that may lead to unsuitable patents being granted.

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Singapore proposes changes to patents regime

21 August 2017 by Asia law

Practitioners have welcomed Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) amendments to the patent regime to spur innovation and improve the quality of patents granted there.

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Trump authorises inquiry for investigation into China IP practices: What’s next?

18 August 2017 by Asia law

President Trump has authorised an inquiry into China’s alleged theft of the intellectual property of US companies. While some believe this to be Trump’s way of forcing China to increase pressure against North Korea to stop developing nuclear weapons, others think Trump’s concern about how IP theft is affecting US businesses is genuine.