Greenberg Traurig participated in the Corporate Council on Africa’s Trade Mission to Ethiopia and Kenya during the week of August 15. While a primary focus of the trip was the agribusiness sector, private investment in manufacturing and infrastructure (including power) were also identified as vital to each economy.
The Department of Homeland Security has closed out the summer with an encouraging proposal designed to allow certain founders of start-up companies from abroad to come to the U.S. for an initial stay of up to two years to build their business here.
The Department of State reportedly has confirmed that starting August 29, 2016, U.S. consular posts (i.e., embassies, consulates general, and other U.S. missions abroad) will accept only USCIS’s new, June 2, 2016, version of Form I-129S from L-1 nonimmigrant intracompany transferees.
Access to Justice in “Manageability” of Individual Issues: Appeal Dismissed in Fantl V Transamerica Life Canada
In the recent decision of Fantl v Transamerica Life Canada (“Fantl”), the Ontario Court of Appeal unanimously dismissed the appeal of the Divisional Court’s decision and confirmed the certification of class claims in negligent misrepresentation, noting that it was time for class actions to “deliver on their promise of access to justice” when it comes to individual issues.
A Novel Outcome at the International Trade Commission: Patent Claims Invalidated Under Alice in the 100-Day Pilot Program
On August 22, 2016, Administrative Law Judge David Shaw of the International Trade Commission (“ITC” or “Commission”) issued his final initial determination (“the ID”) in Certain Portable Electronic Devices and Components Thereof, Inv. No. 337-TA-994. The ID invalidated all of the asserted claims for lack of patentable subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101, and terminated the investigation.
In the first-ever hearing on a patent issue under the United States International Trade Commission’s (USITC) Pilot Program for early case disposition, ALJ Shaw has found that the asserted claims of the sole patent-in-suit fail to recite patent-eligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101.
There are a number of complicated legal issues foreign individuals will need to address before entering the United States or its territories—even if they are on a temporary nonimmigrant visa.
Bonuses and other forms of incentive compensation often form a significant part of employees’ compensation, and employees’ entitlement to such compensation are highly disputed in the context of wrongful dismissal claims.
In the European Union (EU), at the inception of a joint venture (JV), parent companies must determine whether the newly created structure presents a full-functionality nature, which depends on its degree of autonomy.
As part of the Commissions Digital Single Market Strategy, the European copyright rules are also under review. So far, a rather general communication “Towards a modern, more European copyright framework” as well as a draft regulation on cross-border portability have been published (blog post series).