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Jeremy Want

Foreign prosecution history evidence permitted under Section 53.1 of Patent Act

Intellectual Property - Canada
Smart & Biggar

The Federal Court recently released the first decision in which the scope of Section 53.1 of the Patent Act – the so-called 'file wrapper estoppel' provision – was considered.

Guy Castegnaro

Court recognises employees' right to disconnect when on leave

Employment & Benefits - Luxembourg
Castegnaro

As new information and communication technologies continue to be developed, employees are increasingly connected to their business phones or computers outside their working hours.

Gordon Drakes

Keeping your trade secrets safe – EU perspective for franchisors

Franchising - European Union
Fieldfisher LLP

The EU Trade Secrets Directive seeks to harmonise the protection of trade secrets in all EU member states.

Eugenio Vaccari

Supreme Court of Cassation decision on activities of controlling entities

Company & Commercial - Italy
Grieco e Associati

Article 2497 of the Civil Code sets out that companies which provide direction to coordinate their subsidiaries are directly liable to the subsidiaries' minority shareholders for any damages caused to profitability and shareholding value by a violation of fair management principles.

Dominique Müller

Broad jurisdiction for avoidance claims (actio pauliana) – also for Swiss defendants?

Litigation - Switzerland
Lenz & Staehelin

As a recent European Court of Justice opinion is likely to be adopted by Swiss legal doctrine and precedent, parties domiciled in Switzerland may be targeted by avoidance claims in another signatory state of the Lugano Convention based on a contract to which they were not a party but that was merely concluded between the debtor and a creditor..

Alain Levy

Modernisation of private M&A transactions and PACTE: part two

Corporate Finance/M&A - France
AyacheSalama

The Action Plan for Business Growth and Transformation was recently adopted.

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Three’s a crowd? Third-party arbitration funding

Arbitration & ADR / Canada, Cyprus, Greece, India, Netherlands, Poland, United Kingdom

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Uber-complex: regulating ride-hail services

Shipping & Transport / Finland, USA

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Competition and antitrust in the digital age

Competition & Antitrust / Bulgaria, Czech Republic, European Union, Hungary, Mexico, Pakistan, Poland, Slovenia, Switzerland, Turkey