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Patent law development in Taiwan

By Kuo Yulan, Jane Wang, and Brian Hsieh, Formosa Transnational
Patent legislation across Asian jurisdictions is constantly catching up with the pandemic’s demands, with stronger protection, foreign filing and higher compensation being common themes.

Siri Hal Jarvis & Associates

We peer into the undefined future of legal tech and explore how AI is already reshaping the business of law. Just how long will it be before Jarvis makes partner?

Ruben’s rules

The OECD’s Paris-based senior competition expert, Ruben Maximiano, shares how adopting an effective competition policy helps increase investor confidence

The Philippines’ top 100 lawyers

Asia Business Law Journal reveals the Philippines’ top 100 lawyers

Philippines ponders NFTs in online gaming

By Juan Miguel Calimon Dela Cruz, ACCRALAW 
Popular games like Axie Infinity and My Defi Pet have recently gained traction for their unique selling proposition that one can earn money as they play

Indonesia Law Firm Awards

Asia Business Law Journal presents the best law firm in Indonesia for 2020 and four winners each in 22 practice areas

ACC Annual Meeting tailored for APAC

The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) will conduct its annual meeting virtually from 19-21 October, featuring a tailored content stream for the Asia-Pacific in-house community for the first time

ACC HK peels back pandemic for summer boat party

With the current pandemic situation and travel restrictions, the best way to enjoy the summer sunshine in Hong Kong is a cruise offshore. The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Hong Kong did just that

KICA teams up with SIAC 

The Korea In-House Counsel Association (KICA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) to promote international arbitration as a preferred method of dispute resolution

MCCA hosts webinar on arbitration trends

The Malaysian Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) recently held a panel discussion on trends and developments in dispute management in Asia

SCCA challenges students to make social media policy

Following last year’s inaugural success, the Singapore Corporate Counsel Association (SCCA) invited students to act as fictional general counsel and advise a board of directors on social media policy

APCCA updates its charter 

The Asia-Pacific Corporate Counsel Alliance (APCCA) has formed a working group to amend and update the charter it launched in 2009, in order to anticipate the further growth of the alliance

Looking to the East

The new president of the ICC Court, Claudia Salomon, discusses what changes she expects to see in the dispute resolution landscape in Asia

Panorama of commercial banks in supply chain finance

By Yao Xiaomin and Cai Min, Lantai Partners

What is the legal force of minutes in civil, commercial meetings?

By Hou Xinkai and Wu Jing, DOCVIT Law Firm

Efficiency boost as certificates of no violation replaced 

By Lam Yee Hung and Huang Qianyuan, ETR Law Firm 

Industrial and commercial administrative penalties in Shanghai

By Quan Kaiming and Zang Yi,  AllBright Law Offices

International recognition of Philippine IP strategies

By Ramon Emil Olea, Federis & Associates
As patent practitioners in Asia, the author is often asked whether or not our patent protection system provides legal protection to computer-implemented inventions

IP protection for auto exterior design

By Nancy Nan, AnJie Law Firm

AI’s right to legal identity in India

By Vaishali Mittal and Siddhant Chamola, Anand and Anand
Advocates of IP and economic growth have consistently propagated the cause of recognising AI inventions in law. However, this is different from the issue that debates granting legal recognition to AI as an independent entity

Challenges in implementing resolution plans in India

By Saurav Panda, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
In spite of the strong emphasis in IBC regarding time-bound implementation, there have been several challenges that have mired timely implementation of resolution plans

Mandating covid-19 vaccines in Singapore and Thailand

By Mary-Anne Chua, Bunnasomboon Chaiparinya and Poonyawee Jitjameekorn, JTJB
A refusal of vaccination without reasonable grounds could lead to an infection that endan­gers the business, but it is unlawful for employers to make vaccinations compulsory

Straightening the winding road for MNCs going private

By Sumithra Suresh and Arunima Vijay, L&L Partners

Rivals see red on biscuit packaging

By Manisha Singh and Dheeraj Kapoor, LexOrbis

Blockchain technology in Indian financial services

By Anu Tiwari and Anindita Bhowmik, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Blockchain, a form of digital ledger technology (DLT), is a linearly linked information-containing block secured by cryptography and shared between participants

Legal issues with partnerships repurchasing their own interests

By Hu Zhiyong and Zhu Jingmin, Grandway Law Offices

Design protection in China’s amended Patent Law

By Liu Zongjie, Corner Stone & Partners
The fourth amendment of the PRC Patent Law came into force on 1 June 2021. The amended law intensifies patent protection, promotes patent exploitation and employment, and improves the patent granting system

Welcoming the wave of offshore SPACs in Asia

By Peter Vas, Loeb Smith Attorneys
Last year saw an explosion of special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) in the US, largely driven by favourable economic returns to SPAC IPO sponsors, liquidity, and pricing certainty offered by SPACs to target companies and investors

Spinning green into gold

ESG-focused fund inflows into Asia are growing, but investing is replete with risk given the region’s diversities and historical inequalities

Chasing change

How to rebalance an unequal economic partnership

By Reena Asthana Khair, Kochhar & C

Corporate and commercial e-interests yield to consumers

By Manoj Kumar, Hammurabi & Solomon Partners

Uniformity needed for IP disputes

By Manisha Singh and Varun Sharma, LexOrbis

Better days for IP disputes

By Essenese Obhan, Obhan & Associates
Delhi High Court’s new division is a step up for adjudication in this sector, writes IP expert Essenese Obhan

The rebuild

The IP division at Delhi High Court may be a harbinger of a new era, but India would do well to look further afield for examples of best-practice IP dispute resolution, argues KS Kardam, former senior joint controller of patents and designs at the Indian Patent Office

Mapping global expertise

As a wave of dealmaking showcases legal prowess around the world, we reveal the top foreign law firms for India work

Extraterritoriality