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International Lawyers Network Shortlisted for The Lawyer’s Law Firm Network of the Year Award

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The International Lawyers Network has been shortlisted as Global Network of the Year by The Lawyer.” The winners of this category will be announced at The Lawyer European Awards 2016 at the Hilton London Bankside Hotel in London, England on Wednesday, March 9, 2016.

This is the first time the category for Global Network of the Year has been included for consideration in the awards. In evaluating submissions, judges looked for evidence of strategic vision, with particular focus on cross-border initiatives, consistent excellence in the delivery of legal services and outstanding talent management.

“We are honored to have the International Lawyers Network shortlisted as Global Network of the Year,” said Lindsay Griffiths, Director of Global Relationship Management. “We pride ourselves on innovative marketing strategies and dedication to fostering relationships among our members. We believe this helps set us apart from other worldwide legal networks.”

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Week of February 1, 2016 on ILNToday – A Roundup!

roundupHappy Friday from a very snowy south Jersey, where I am one happy camper. Other grouchy people may not like winter, but I love the snow, which we’ve seen very little of this year (minus our big blizzard, of course), so I’m quite pleased to see some of the fluffy stuff again before I’m sure it will warm up and melt once more. And I say that despite being solely responsible for the shoveling around here.

This weekend is, of course, also about the Superbowl, or for those of us without a team in the fight, the Superbowl commercials. You know what that means – next week starts my annual recap of the good, the bad and the ugly of this year’s crop of commercials, and just as with every other year, I haven’t cheated and watched any sneak peeks. So I can’t wait for the new ad debuts! (I know, I’m a terribly nerdy legal marketer, and I heartily embrace that)

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Inspiring innovation in start-ups – protection of intellectual property rights

India has become the fastest growing Start-Up base worldwide and stands third in the global Start-Ups ecosystem as per NASSCOM Start-Up Ecosystem Report 2015. With more Start-Up ventures taking shape, the ecosystem for establishing a successful a Start-Up is not only competitive but also tough to survive. In this scenario, novelty and innovation plays a pivotal role in attracting potential clients and investors. Inventions and creativity generates valuable intellectual property such as symbols, designs, content, marks, patents and images which can be protected under various legislations inter alia, Indian Copyright Act, 1957, Trade Mark Act, 1999, The Patents Act, 1970 and Designs Act, 2000. Consequently, proper implementation and enforcement of IP rights by a Start-Up is imperative. IP protection not only provides security against third-party infringements but also enhances the valuation and attractiveness of a Start-Up to investors.

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Energy Efficiency Regulations

Since 2008, it has (subject to limited exceptions) been compulsory to supply an energy performance certificate (EPC) for any property, commercial or residential, being let or sold.  Most clients will now be familiar with the grading that EPCs confer on a property, an “A” rating being the most energy efficient and a “G” rating the least efficient.  It would be fair to say that EPCs have, until recently, had little effect on the property market.  However, we are now starting to see some tenants and buyers either threatening to pull out of transactions because the property has a low EPC rating, requiring the landlord or seller to carry out works to improve the energy rating, or seeking to chip the price.  As you will see when you read on, we expect this practice to become more widespread over the coming years.

 

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Taxation of residential property in the UK

The taxation of residential property in the UK has changed almost beyond recognition over the past few years. What were once tried and tested structures are in many cases no longer suitable.

The tax consequences in any given situation are now liable to depend not only on the type of structure used but also the manner in which the property will be used and the buyer’s existing property ownership.

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Asia Pacific: Construction law update

Important construction law changes are being introduced in some Asia Pacific countries which those involved in construction projects in the region must be aware of.  The changes in certain common law jurisdictions provide additional entitlements to certain suppliers within a legislative framework.

In August 2015, the Hong Kong Development Bureau’s consultation closed on the proposed introduction of security of payment legislation in Hong Kong.  The changes are intended to alleviate payment problems in the construction supply chain and include measures prohibiting pay when paid clauses.  It is also proposed to introduce a statutory entitlement to payment periods between applications and payments, but not exceeding 60 calendar days for interim periods or 120 days for final payments.

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Dej-Udom & Associates Newsletter – January 2016

ASEAN Economic Community News

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The ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO), a Southeast Asian version of the International Monetary Fund, is expected to be upgraded to an official international organization in mid-2016. AMRO was formed by the 10 ASEAN member states together with Japan, China, and South Korea in 2011 as an independent regional surveillance unit to monitor and analyze regional economies and support Chiang Mai Initiative (CMI) decision-making. One of its main tasks will be to issue recommendations to invoke the CMI for members to jointly supply hard currency in the event of a currency crisis.

External Risks Slow Growth
A major global bank believes that external risks will continue to slow economic growth in ASEAN. The bank says that negative growth factors for the region include the commodity price plunge, global demand slowdown, currency fluctuations, poor implementation of investment plans, and restructuring and macro-prudential measures. However, the bank says that GDP growth in the Philippines and Vietnam should remain high in 2016.

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A Student’s Perspective – The perfect interview : the elevator, the lobby, the boardroom and the exit

Have you ever wondered when an interview really begins? Well I am of the philosophy that once you press that elevator button, your journey commences. At RSS, that elevator ride, 20 seconds flat, leads you to the 46th floor where you will be warmly welcomed into a black marble lobby with a peripheral view of one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Montréal. At this very moment, you have to be less focused on what is around you and more focused on your plan de match.

What would happen if you met an interviewer or a colleague of the interviewer(s) in that very elevator? Ironically enough, would you be capable of making an “elevator pitch” ? The clock is ticking, you have 20 seconds…

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Location Matters: The Perils of Geographic Names as Trade-marks

When choosing a trade or business name it may seem like a good idea to incorporate the location of your business into the name. There are benefits: it is helpful for marketing, it gives your audience an idea of where your business is and who your market is, it can help establish your business in a neighborhood, and it can help you build a brand based on community and locality.

However, using the location of your business in your trade or business name can cause difficulties when it comes to registering that name as a trade-mark. Under section 12(1) (b) of the Trade-marks Act, a trade-mark is not registerable if it is clearly descriptive or deceptively misdescriptive of the place of origin of the goods or services with which the trade-mark is used, unless that trade-mark has acquired distinctiveness through its use.

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Federal trade union regime: back to the future!

February 4, 2016 — Last spring, the federal government caused quite a stir within trade unions with the adoption of Bill C-525, that tightened the rules for the accreditation of a union while facilitating the revocation of certification. The Bill came into force on June 16, 2015.

In April, RSS had issued a bulletin on this amendment.

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(Français) Témoignage d’une étudiante – Un environnement de choix

Lorsque j’ai entamé le processus de course au stage, ma principale inquiétude à l’idée de travailler dans un cabinet d’envergure était celle de ne pouvoir poursuivre toutes mes activités et implications personnelles. Or, dès la première entrevue, j’ai été séduite par l’ouverture de RSS. En effet, mon cursus autre qu’universitaire a été considéré comme un atout à mes compétences professionnelles par les avocats intervieweurs.

RSS permet de développer nos compétences et connaissances en droit et de favoriser l’épanouissement de nos qualités humaines, dans un environnement de travail empreint de respect et d’ouverture. L’excellent encadrement que nous donnent les avocats de RSS nous confère un haut niveau de formation professionnelle, autant en termes de connaissances, de pratique du droit que d’éthique.

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