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Dentons starts Myanmar office

Dentons announced it has launched an office in Yangon to build its presence in Southeast Asia. The office will have five lawyers, led by partner Mark Livingston, who joins from his own firm, Livingstons Legal. The office will work with Dentons Rodyk, a Singapore’s full service law firm. Dentons has offices in Australia, China, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Singapore and South Korea.

Patent lawyer joins AnJie

Steve Song has joined AnJie Law Firm as a partner in Beijing. His practice focuses on patent law relating to electrical and mechanical arts, including patent drafting, prosecution, invalidation, litigation and counselling. Song has advised multinationals such as Qualcomm, Intel, Micron and Philips on patent prosecution, infringement and validation matters. He was invited as an expert for research projects and seminars of the Beijing High Court, State Intellectual Property Office of China (SIPO), and Beijing Intellectual Property Office.

Sri Lanka aligns e-CC with UN

Sri Lanka has gazetted a Bill to amend the Electronic Transactions Act to bring it in line with the UN Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts (e-CC). Sri Lanka ratified the e-CC on 7 July 2015 and it entered into force on 1 February 2016. Sri Lanka is the seventh state to ratify e-CC worldwide, and the second state in the Asia-Pacific.

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