Articles

Role of Co-Owners under Indian Patents Act

In the patent licensing arena, widespread presumption is  that the Indian Patents Act 1970, treats ‘patent, published, but yet to be granted” as though the patent  is granted. With regard to commercialization of IPR,  patent licensing plays a pivotal role as a tool of business  and marketing.  And what about the provisions for the co-owners of a patent?

New Brazil Anticorruption Law

The Anticorruption Law (Law No. 12.846/2013), which sets forth administrative and civil  liability for corruption practices, indicates a change in the attitude and mentality of the companies, meaning that they now formally prevent the occurrence of wrongful acts, in compliance with the new law. 

Lack of Electricity: Force Majeure or Not?

Is  lack of electricity considered an event of Force Majeure for Non-Performance of a developer’s contractual obligations? Ashraf El Motei, Managing Partner of Motei & Associates, shares an insight into a recent judgment in the UAE. 

Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act

The introduction of the Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act S.C. 2012, c.1 s.2 (the “JVTA”) by the Ontario legislature allows victims of terrorism to seek redress against the foreign state, if such state is listed as a supporter of terrorism.

iGaming: Trusts to the Players' Rescue

Malta is regarded as one of the most popular gaming jurisdictions worldwide. Being a key player in this industry, Malta is endowed with the responsibility of ensuring sustainable growth of the industry and protection to all players who trust their deposits in online betting accounts. Malta should set a standard for all other European jurisdictions to follow and provide a model of regulated gaming based on best practices. 

Class Actions - The More the Merrier?

“Class Action” is a term most people associate with the United States.  Indeed it is a US phenomenon, and the birthplace of this kind of “representative” proceedings.  Some countries have followed suit, other countries have decided that this is not quite their cup of tea. In this article, we will examine the pros and cons of this regime generally and in particular, in a Hong Kong perspective.

Amnesty Programs

The adoption of an amnesty program by AG Siemens in 2008 and more recently by SNCLavalin in 2013 demonstrates the potential benefits such programs may have for corporate entities. However, such programs also have potential to be used for pre-emptive measures.

Issues to be Aware of in Using AIM Listed Shares

Shares on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) are often seen as offering an easy opportunity to pass on wealth to the next generation without incurring Inheritance Tax (IHT). However, the situation it not that simple and there are several potential pitfalls.

FAQs on Corporate Immigration - Hong Kong

As a Hong Kong Corporate Law Firm, OLN is frequently asked to assist international corporations and their employees on moves to Hong Kong.

This article addresses some of the typical concerns faced by companies and their employees when moving to Hong Kong.

What's in a Game?

Intellectual Property Law for a Budding New Industry - The world of entertainment has changed a lot in the last twenty years. Video games have become an entertainment commodity of epic proportions.

The implementation of good IP laws is vital for the success of the industry. Are Maltese intellectual property laws ready to protect the video game as a product?