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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

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

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

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

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

Liability of guarantors after landmark India verdict

By Soummo Biswas and Shivani Sinha, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Guarantors, whether personal or corporate, have an intrinsic relationship with the corporate debtor in their capacities as directors, promoters, associates, subsidiaries or holding companies.

Kolin decision brings final relief to Philippine trademark confusion

By Mila Federis, Federis & Associates
The recent decision in Kolin Electronics (KECI) v Kolin Philippines International (2021) came as a relief to erase the confusion by the court decision that allowed two unrelated companies to register one identical trademark for clearly related goods

The yes, no, maybe of 2021 intermediary rules

By Safir Anand, Anand and Anand
There has been an ongoing debate on the yays and nays of the 2021 intermediary rules, primarily because India is set to begin enforcing a new set of rules that fundamentally changes the way the internet will be experienced in the country

International recognition of Philippine IP strategies

By Amanda Carlota, Federis & Associates
For the eighth consecutive year, the Philippines remained off the Special 301 Report, an annual report published by the US Trade Representative on the state of IP rights protection and enforcement around the world

Tax reform for export-oriented enterprises in the Philippines

By Eric Recalde, ACCRALAW 
Value-added tax (VAT) is only imposed if the goods or services are “destined” for local consumption. There is no VAT when they are for consumption abroad

Regulatory regime for private funds in Cayman Islands

By Gary Smith, Loeb Smith Attorneys
The Private Funds Act, 2020, requires the registration of closed-ended funds with the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA)

Challenges and future for India’s neo-banks

By Anu Tiwari and Anindita Bhowmik, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Digitisation and the growing use of mobile technology have led to a seismic shift in the banking and payments industry

Simple procedures for patent litigation in China

By John Xia, Corner Stone & Partners
A patent protects the patentee’s technological advantages to obtain rewards, invest them in new R&D activities, and promote further developments. Since patents entail technological advantages, others often infringe patents, intentionally or unintentionally, in practice

Developments in bankruptcy and insolvency laws in Singapore and Malaysia

By Hariz Lee and Rahayu Abd Ghani, JTJB
The pandemic has had a significant impact on the global economy, and businesses hard hit by the uncertainty and disruptions have been pushed to consider becoming insolvent or bankrupt. This article explains the insolvency and bankruptcy laws

Time to learn, unlearn and relearn NBFC resolutions

By Veena Sivaramakrishnan and Soummo Biswas, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

RBI clears air around PA/PG guidelines

By Anu Tiwari and Rohan banerjee, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Crypto regulation in Singapore and Thailand

By Kay yong, JTJB (Singapore); Bunnasomboon Chaiparinya and Yukgrit Kantamanee, JTJB International Lawyers (Thailand)

Employee’s right to receive or refuse vaccine

By Clarence Darrow C Valdecantos, ACCRALAW

India issues guidelines for digital media ads of influencers

By Pravin Anand and Ashutosh Upadhyaya, Anand and Anand

Financing a Cayman Islands merger take-private

By Peter Vas, Loeb Smith Attorneys

China’s new Patent Law introduces open licence scheme

By Qi Yongqiang, Corner Stone & Partners

Journey of payment regulations from nodals to licences

By Anu Tiwari and Rohan Banerjee, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Unresolved riddle of the code and acknowledgement of debt

By Misha and Nikhil Mathur, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Pandemic relief measures in Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia

By Murali Pany, Bunnasomboon Chaiparinya and Iqbal Hadromi, JTJB
Countries around the world have implemented various relief measures to ease the impact of the covid-19 pandemic to their economies. This article provides a snapshot of the measures introduced in Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia

Where does liability lie in domain name infringement?

By Saif Khan and Shobhit Agrawal, Anand and Anand
There exists an imminent need for all stakeholders to collaborate and come up with a domain name framework that ensures that private rights and public interests are secured

Philippines’ proposed ITA shakes up online retail

By Michael Ryan Natividad, ACCRALAW
Online retail and other e-commerce services are now a mainstay of Philippine commerce. The exponential rise and consequent prevalence of online purchases are partly due to the covid-19 pandemic lockdowns that have constrained the consumer to stay at home

Philippines strikes back against counterfeits and piracy

By Amanda Carlota, Federis & Associates
In reports recently published on its official website, the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) revealed that filings in 2020 for all types of intellectual property (IP) were down from 2019, while reports and complaints of IP violations went up dramatically compared to previous years

Advice for international marks with retail services in China

By Nick Ji, Corner Stone & Partners
It is well known that the China Trademark Office (CTMO) has refused to accept retail as a valid service in class 35 trademark applications over many years. In many other countries, however, retail service is acceptable for trademark registration in class 35

Offshore legal opinions on corporate and finance transactions

By Peter Vas, Loeb Smith Attorneys
Offshore lawyers routinely issue legal opinions with respect to British Virgin Islands (BVI) and Cayman Islands companies in the context of corporate and finance transactions. In this context, there are certain relatively common issues that arise with respect to legal opinions

Side-letter perspectives in Cayman subscription financing

By Peter Vas, Loeb Smith Attorneys
As a result of widespread concerns about liquidity and an uncertain macroeconomic outlook, it has become more important than ever for a lender to undertake proper due diligence on an investment fund prior to providing new financing

Philippines steps up rules of procedure for IP rights cases

By Amanda Carlota, Federis & Associates
The Supreme Court’s Revised Rules of Procedure for Intellectual Property Rights Cases took effect on 16 November 2020, amending the rules that had been in place since 2011. The revised rules apply to all Regional Trial Courts designated by the Supreme Court as Special Commercial Courts, which have jurisdiction over intellectual property (IP) rights cases

IBC resolution within regulated sectors in the public interest

By Anoop Rawat, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Various laws still contain gaps and ambiguities, and reconciliation with the provisions of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 becomes a challenging task. It is essential to create synergies among specific regulatory laws with the provisions and the process envisaged under the code

Suspension of employment during the pandemic

By Laurie Christine P Quiambao, ACCRALAW
The honourable secretary of the Department of Labour and Employment has signed DO No. 215-20, which means that an employee may be placed on a floating status, or temporarily laid off, for the said period without losing his or her employment

India eases working requirements of patents

By Vidisha Garg, Anand and Anand
The Patents (Amendment) Rules, 2020 have great significance as they provide huge relief to stakeholders, with many glitches being removed and creases ironed out, thereby easing the requirements to a great extent

Avoiding trademark infringement in cross-border e-commerce

By John Xia, Corner Stone & Partners
Cross-border e-commerce has become a new point of economic growth yet the contradiction between the regionalism of trademarks and the globalism of cross-border e-commerce platforms pose a new problem for the development of global intellectual property rights

Analysis of ‘fair use’ of trademarks in spare parts market

By Manish Biala and Ashutosh Upadhyaya, Anand and Anand
This article will be broaching the subject of “fair use” of registered trademarks by spare parts industries. There exists a huge spare parts market for automobile, home appliances, etc. where third parties, manufacture and sell spare parts

Practical advice on filing non-use cancellations in China

By Nick Ji, Corner Stone & Partners
Some may think that only trademarks that are unused can be successfully cancelled, but in the author’s experience about 70% of non-use cancellations can succeed, including many trademarks that are in actual use

NIPS gives teeth to Philippine IP protection regime

By Amanda Carlota, Federis & Associates
The National Intellectual Property Strategy aims to develop “an effective intellectual property system widely recognized and strategically utilized to benefit and uplift the lives of Filipinos”

Financial rehabilitation as alternative mitigation against pandemic

By Zyra G Montefolca, ACCRALAW
In light of the implementation of various community quarantine measures brought by the covid-19 pandemic, many entrepreneurs incurred significant financial losses, forcing some business into closure

Controlling costs: deletion versus amendment of claims

By Vidisha Garg, Anand and Anand
Patent filings in India have increased from 47,854 patent applications in 2017-18 to 50,667 in 2018-19. Considering India has become such an important jurisdiction, the cost of filing patent applications has become a concern

Managing employment contracts during covid-19

By Martin Luigi G Samson, ACCRALAW
Taking decisive action now may be critical to the survival of  enterprises. Hopefully, the continued existence of businesses will allow them to survive, thrive and take care of employees in the future

Jumping the patent exam queue in the Philippines

By Ramon Emil T Olea, Federis & Associates
Depending on the technology of the invention sought for protection, it may take three to five years from filing or national-phase entry of the application to the patent being granted

Applying red-flag rule to e-commerce platform

By Zhenkun Fu, Corner Stone & Partners
If the facts of an infringement of copyright are as apparent as a fluttering “red flag”, the internet service provider (ISP) concerned cannot turn a blind eye

The necessity of India’s confidentiality clubs

By Vaishali Mittal and Siddhant Chamola, Anand and Anand
The IP litigation landscape has changed dramatically in the past decade with businesses becoming more technology-driven and technology-dependent than ever before.

Fame hard to attain in the Philippines

By Amanda Carlota, Federis & Associates
Over time, a trademark can achieve a level of public recognition and reputation that merits official acknowledgement. The key advantage of owning a famous mark is the expanded protection provided by article 6bis of the Paris Convention, which has been codified in sections 123(e) and (f) of the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines

Pandemics, police power and private contracts

By Samantha Beatrice P King, ACCRALAW
Under the Bayanihan Act, the president is empowered to order private establishments to direct their operations towards COVID-19 efforts.

Will India’s suspension of insolvency proceedings work?

By Misha and Shreya Prakash, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
It remains to be seen if a modified version of the insolvency resolution process under the IBC will suffice in these vastly changed macro-economic conditions, or if the government will need to offer a new model for insolvency resolution

Don’t wait – register your design patent in China now

By Maggie Yang, Corner Stone & Partners
Registering your design patent first is the best way to avoid your design patent from being hijacked

For better or worse: The legal limits of comparative ads

By Tusha Malhotra and Pankhuri Malik, Anand and Anand
Millions are spent every year by companies on comparative advertising, and many times these advertisements are taken down due to claims of disparagement.

Revised IRR for patents, utility models and designs

By Ramon Emil T Olea, Patent specialist, Federis & Associates
The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) in October 2019 released its proposed amendments to the revised implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for patents, utility models and industrial designs

Converting to a one-person corporation

By Leia Clarissa Veronica R Veracruz, ACCRALAW
To keep abreast of changing times and make doing business in the Philippines easier, the Revised Corporation Code (RCC) has introduced the concept of a corporation with a single stockholder

Impact of COVID-19 on bankruptcy code

By Misha and Vaijayant Paliwal, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has dealt a crushing blow to the world economy, and has placed businesses in almost all jurisdictions under severe financial strain

Importance of filing patents for fundamental research

By Qi Yongqiang, Corner Stone & Partners
The importance of SCI papers has also been reduced and SCI papers-related indicators have ceased to be a major factor in assessing researchers’ performance

When the going gets tough, PEZA locators get going

By Karen Andrea D Torres, ACCRALAW

Gin and the jam over ‘genericness’

By Mila Federis, Federis & Associates

Ironing the wrinkles out of GI logos, taglines (Part 2)

By Gowri Tirumurti and Purvasha Mansharamani, Anand and Anand

The intellectual property game in the Sino-US trade war

By John Xia, Corner Stone & Partners

PMLA v IBC: The battle for primacy

By Misha and Siddhant Kant, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Essar Steel judgment – paving a way to resolution

By Misha, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Ironing the wrinkles out of GI logos, taglines

By Gowri Tirumurti and Purvasha Mansharamani, Anand and Anand

Preventing TM dilution into a generic name

By Brenda Zhao, Corner Stone & Partners

Considering a start-up business or IPO in Taiwan?

By Juno Huang, Maples Group

Ease of doing business in the Philippines

By Paula P Plaza, ACCRALAW

Proposed changes to Philippine design application filings

By Mila Federis, Federis & Associates

Studies highlight challenges in Philippine pharma market

By Amanda Carlota, Federis & Associates

Relative priority rule in Indian insolvency law

By Pratik Datta and Varun Marwah, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Shipping: an introduction to Marshall Islands flag

By Jonathan Silver, Maples Group

Potential for foreign TM protection in India

By Tusha Malhotra and Rashi Punia, Anand and Anand

Developments in PCC enforcement activities

By Korina Ana T Manibog, ACCRA Law Offices

Overcoming trademark refusal in China

By Nick Ji, Corner Stone & Partners

Philippines-China MoU on natural resource development

By Fritz Micah A Diumano, ACCRA Law Offices

Luxembourg RAIF a product of choice for Asian asset managers

By Johan Terblanche and Michelle Barry, Maples Group

Recreating the environment with the assistance of law

By Pravin Anand, Tusha Malhotra & Pankhuri Malik, Anand and Anand

IBC amendment moves towards recognizing APR

By Pratik Datta and Varun Marwah, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Looking back, moving forward: traditional knowledge & IP Code

By Mila Federis, Federis & Associates

Focus on fourth amendment of China’s Trademark Law

By Brenda Zhao, Corner Stone & Partners

The challenge of respecting traditional knowledge

By Editha Hechanova and Chrissie Ann Barredo, Hechanova & Co

‘Build, Build, Build’: Is it really sustainable?

By Kelvin Y Hung, ACCRA Law Offices

Growing menace of unlicensed and spurious drugs

By Tusha Malhotra and Rashi Punia, Anand and Anand

Decoding value maximization under the code’s mandate

By Shardul S Shroff and Misha, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Are Chinese companies using ISR results effectively?

By Qi Yongqiang, Corner Stone & Partners

Margin loan financing in developing markets

By James Kinsley, Maples Group

TM suits cannot be summarily dismissed: The RED SOLE case

By Pravin Anand, Dhruv Anand and Udita M Patro, Anand and Anand

Declaration of use in international registrations

By Editha Hechanova and Joy Marie Gabor-Tolentino, Hechanova & Co

Peek at Revised Corporation Code of the Philippines

By Renz J Pagayanan, ACCRA Law Offices

China’s Patent Law subject to fourth amendment

By John Xia, Corner Stone & Partners

A question of balance, via the code or otherwise

By Shardul S Shroff and Misha, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Treaty gives Philippine ‘VIPs’ vital access to printed word

By Editha Hechanova, Hechanova & Co

Impact of 11th FINL on online businesses

By Agustin P Geraldez Jr, ACCRA Law Offices

Review of draft Patent Rules finds faults

By Vidisha Garg, Anand and Anand

Supreme Court puts aims of bankruptcy code to rest

By Shardul S Shroff and Misha, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Why it’s easier doing business in India

By Ravi Singhania and Rudra Srivastava, Singhania & Partners

Philippine IP office tackles divisional patent applications

By Editha Hechanova and Chrissie Ann L Barredo, Hechanova & Co

Increase in minimum float for better corporate governance

By Ann Catherine Co, ACCRA Law Offices

CFIUS reforms and their impact on FI into the US

By Wang Jihong and Zhao Huiqi, Zhong Lun Law Firm

The escalation of pre-litigation mediation and its advantages

By Shantanu Sahay and Rohan Sharma, Anand and Anand

Blacklisting of contractors in public procurement

By Ravi Singhania and Madhu Sweta, Singhania & Partners

Developing resolution plan for financial, operational creditors

By Shardul S Shroff and Roma Das, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

PCC needs balance with joint venture guidelines

By Mara Kristina O Recto, ACCRA Law Offices

China speeds up gas production, supply and sale system

By Wang Jihong & Liu Ying, Zhong Lun Law Firm

Emerging opportunities from the critical role of patents

By Rajiv Bhatnagar, Anand and Anand

Companies Act declarations – corporate shareholder pitfalls

By Ravi Singhania & Manish Kumar Sharma, Singhania & Partners

Landmark supreme court judgment in Essar Steel case

By Shardul S Shroff and Roma Das, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Counterfeit seed products impact growth industry

By Editha Hechanova, Hechanova & Co

Amendments to India’s Arbitration & Conciliation Act

By Ravi Singhania and Gunjan Chhabra, Singhania & Partners

Focus on amendments to India’s insolvency law

By Shardul S Shroff and Ambarish, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Ease of Doing Business Act gives teeth to red tape law

By Noel Christian O Luciano, ACCRA Law Offices

Overseas investors should heed labour law compliance in Laos

By Wang Jihong and Wu Anjing, Zhong Lun Law Firm

First final judgment on SEPs significant for future disputes

By Pravin Anand and Siddhant Chamola, Anand and Anand