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Significant Trademark Decisions in 2017: Free Speech Trumps Lanham Act’s Restrictions on Disparaging and Scandalous Trademarks

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Ben Natter, Haug Partners LLP

Stepping to Different Beats: How the “step-by-step” test led to different outcomes for Apple’s “Beats” trademark in Singapore and Australia

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Alban Kang and Gene Kwek, Bird & Bird ATMD This article focuses on two trademark opposition actions in Singapore and Australia by Apple’s subsidiary Beats Electronics LLC against LG Electronics concerning the same trademarks, “Beats” and “QuadBeat”, owned by the respective parties. With specific reference to the opponent’s grounds based on the alleged well known status of its “Beats” trademark, the authors opine that Singapore’s step-by-step approach to marks-similarity led to a premature failure of these grounds in the Singapore proceedings. Contrasted against the opponent’s robust success in Australia, does the application of the “step-by-step” test undermine the protection for well-known trademarks in Singapore? 

Energy 2018: Discussion

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Who’s Who Legal brings together Caroline Kehoe at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and Sean Korney at Burnet Duckworth & Palmer LLP to discuss issues facing energy lawyers and their clients in the industry today, including increasing investment in renewables projects and sector-related M&A activity.

Insurance & Reinsurance 2018: Roundtable

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Who’s Who Legal brings together Rod S Attride-Stirling at ASW Law Ltd, Zhan Hao at AnJie Law Firm, Martín G Argañaraz Luque at Allende & Brea, Christoph K Graber at Prager Dreifuss Ltd, and Scott Seaman at Hinshaw Culbertson LLP to discuss issues facing insurance and reinsurance lawyers and their clients in the industry today.

An Era of Exclusion: Ongoing US Immigration Policy Changes Under the Trump Administration

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Bernard P Wolfsdorf, Matthew Beatus, Robert Blanco & Joseph Barnett, Wolfsdorf Rosenthal LLP In this article, Bernard P Wolfsdorf, Matthew Beatus, Robert Blanco and Joseph Barnett at Wolfsdorf Rosenthal LLP give an insight into recent developments in US immigration policy under the Trump administration. 

Brazil Patent Updates

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Ana Paula Jardim, Luiz Leonardos and Gustavo Leonardos, Luiz Leonardos Intellectual Property This article highlights the recent efforts taken by the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office to tackle the backlog of patent applications pending examination throughout the country.

Role of the Target’s Board in Control Transactions from a Governance Standpoint

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Cyril Shroff, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas India is expected to remain one of the fastest-growing economies in the world on the back of favourable demographics and reforms in the legal and regulatory framework. In this article, Cyril Shroff of Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas discusses the evolution of corporate governance within the Indian market.

M&A and Governance Practice Area Review: Austria

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Clemens Philipp Schindler, Schindler Attorneys In this article, Clemens Philipp Schindler at Schindler Attorneys assesses the Austrian corporate market over the past year, including deal activity and developments across various sectors from real estate and financial services to TMT and energy.

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