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World Events, Not Trade and Commerce, Are Shaping Immigration Policy in The 21st Century


By Bernard P Wolfsdorf, Joseph M Barnett and Robert J Blanco of Wolfsdorf Rosenthal About a decade ago Thomas L Friedman, foreign affairs columnist for The New York Times, published The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century, which described the complexities of 21st century globalisation to demonstrate a growing “levelling” of the global economy. 

Changes to the UK’s Immigration Law – Immigration Act 2015–2016


By Laura Devine of Laura Devine Solicitors First announced in the Queen’s Speech in May 2015, the UK’s newest Immigration Bill tackles a broad spectrum of issues and builds on the Immigration Act 2014, which in part sought to create a “hostile environment” for undocumented migrants in the UK. For businesses and individuals alike, the proposed measures could have significant effects.

Australia’s Migration Programme: A Commitment to Strengthen Australia’s Borders


By Maria Jockel of Holding Redlich Following the merger of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (the Department) with the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, and the establishment of the Australian Border Force as its operational enforcement arm, the Department is now an enforcement agency (and a criminal enforcement agency).

Intra-EU Mobility; An ICT Dream Come True?


By Ted L Badoux of Everaert Advocaten At a time when borders are emphasised rather than opened up, and the mobility of people is controlled rather than liberalised, a revolutionary scheme is under construction in the European Union.

Renewed Hope for Defendants in Certification Motions of Medical Products Class Actions

peter pliszka

By Peter J Pliszka of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin During the relatively short history of class proceedings in Canada, developers and manufacturers of medical devices and pharmaceuticals (medical products) have found themselves at the receiving end of a significant number of class action claims. To date, the main battleground in respect of these claims has been the certification motion, a preliminary step in which the court assesses whether or not a given claim should proceed as a class action.

Lessons in Compliance – What Medical Devices Manufacturers Can Learn From Recent EU Enforcement Landscape

Josefine Sommer and Maurits Lugard

By Josefine Sommer and Maurits Lugard of Sidley Austin Medical devices manufacturers are braced for the overhaul of the EU Medical Devices Directives. New Regulations, which are closer to final adoption than ever (although not quite there yet), are expected to clarify the regulation of medical devices in Europe – at least once the delegated and implementing acts have been put in place.

Indirect Infringement in Pharmaceutical Patent Cases in Spain

Manuel Lobato and Marco Yago

By Manuel Lobato and Marco Yago of Bird & Bird This article intends to briefly describe two elements of indirect infringement of pharmaceutical patents that have been discussed in Spanish Courts, namely, products with a skinny label and the principle of territoriality in the article 51.1 Spanish Patent Act.

Serving It Up Sufficiently


By Nicola Dagg of Allen & Overy The requirement that a patent specification must disclose the invention in a manner that is “clear enough and complete enough for it to be performed by a person skilled in the art” (UK Patents Act/EPC) represents a significant source of commercial uncertainty for patentees. 

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