Monthly Archives: February 2020

Reviving a brand? A reminder to ensure it is put to genuine use

The case of Aiwa Co. Ltd v Aiwa Corporation is a useful reminder to brand owners, particularly those who are looking to revive a brand, of what amounts to “genuine use” of a registered trade mark. The case particularly considers whether the sale of second-hand goods by third parties in the UK can constitute genuine use of a UK registered trade mark.

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Two Steps to Create the WOW Factor in Your Relationships

We may have had a mild winter (most of us) so far, but let’s be honest, 2020 has been a bit of a slog so far, am I right?

I haven’t talked to anyone who isn’t feeling like we don’t already need a do-over for this year. So much for a fresh decade! (Yes, I know, technically, the new decade starts in 2021, so we’ll revisit this again next year).

But there’s no time like the present to feel like we’re starting over. Who’s to say that today ISN’T the day we start again?

How can we do that? By creating some “WOW” in our relationship development, using these two tips.

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ILN Today Post

A Prospect on Protection of Innovative Drugs Post US-China Trade Agreement

The United of States and the People’s Republic of China reached the
milestone Economic and Trade Agreement (the “Agreement”) on 15 January
2020. Chapter 1 on protections of intellectual property rights forms an
important part of the Agreement and the terms on protections on innovative
drugs constitute an important part of Chapter 1. When the Agreement is fully
implemented, the landscape of intellectual property protections for
innovative drugs will change significantly and innovative pharmaceutical
companies’ interest will be better protected. Read more…

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Claude-Armand Sheppard and Katherine Delage Speaking at a Continuing Education Activity

February 18, 2020 — The Bar of Montreal will be hosting a continuing education activity on Wednesday, February 26, featuring two RSS lawyers commenting on two decisions from the Supreme Court of Canada:

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Geneviève Goulet becomes a certified corporate director

February 17, 2020 — RSS is pleased to announce that Geneviève Goulet, a partner in our Business Law Group, has completed the University Certification in Corporate Governance programme, thus becoming a certified corporate director (Administratrice de sociétés certifiée, ASC). The only programme of its kind in Quebec, it was designed for corporate directors and officers sitting on corporate boards aiming to reach the highest standards of corporate governance.

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ILN Today Post


We are very pleased to announce that our firm has recently received the following awards:

– IP-Patents Firm of the Year in Greece by Leaders in Law – 2020 Global Awards

– IP Law Firm of the Year in Greece 2020 by Global Law Experts

– Law Firm of the Year – Advertising – Greece – 2020 by M&A Today Global Awards

– Best Practice Operator Greece 2020 by ACQ5 – Country Awards 2020

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Press release: Internationalization projects in Africa

Press release: Internationalization projects in Africa
Author: Stefano Rossi The last business mission organized by EXP Legal in Senegal, Dakar, ended…
Stefano Rossi

Senegal has long been a country of strategic importance in the expansion of EXP Legal on the African continent, particularly in the area of West Africa.

Since 2014, the launch year of the “Plan Senegal Emergent” program, the Senegalese economy has advanced at increasing rates (4.3% in 2014, 6.4% in 2015, 6.6% in 2016, 6.7% in 2017, 6.8% in 2018). Political stability, strong integration into the regional economy, the optimal geographical position and a “pro business” legislative and regulatory framework are the other positive aspects to consider.

The mission in Dakar, led by Avv. Stefano Rossi, had as main objective the strengthening of the presence of the Firm in Senegal and the network expansion of professional co-operation relationships on site: a network of primary African law and consulting firms to work synergistically in order to assist clients in the whole region according to their needs.

In addition to supporting its clients in the development and implementation of new export plans in Africa, the Firm assists companies in more complex investment operations in multiple product and industrial sectors.

In the coming months, an event will take place in Rome dedicated to business opportunities for Italian companies in Africa, followed by a new multisectoral business mission in Senegal, this time dedicated to a selected number of companies.

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Facebook and Twitter fined for violation of requirements for the personal data localization

At the end of 2019, Federal Law No. 405-FZ1 entered into force. This act has significantly increased administrative liability for violations of the requirements on the localization of databases containing personal data of Russian nationals. We already wrote about this amendment earlier.
The new provisions have significantly increased the amount of fines for violation of requirements for the personal data localization. At the moment the maximum fine may be as high as RUB 18 million.
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Lidings Recommended by World Trademark Review 1000

The World Trademark Review, professional publication annually identifying the most prominent lawyers around the world focused on trademark legal issues, ranks Lidings’ Intellectual property practice among TOP 10 law firms in Russia in the category “Enforcement and Litigation”. Individual recognition as best lawyers in this practice area is given to the Firm’s Managing Partner Andrey Zelenin and Partner Boris Malakhov.

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California Supreme Court Holds That Time Spent Waiting by Apple Retail Employees for Exit Searches is Compensable under California Law

It is not unusual for businesses at risk of employee theft to implement security screenings for employees as they exit the employer’s facilities.  Such screenings are especially common in industries where small, costly items could easily be slipped into a pocket or handbag – jewelry, smartphones, computer chips, etc.

In light of the California Supreme Court’s decision in Frlekin v. Apple, Inc., those security screenings now seem likely to lead to even more litigation wherein employees claim that they were not paid for their time spent waiting to be screened, at least in California.

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