The legal framework for employee inventions in France

Legal Briefing

The principles that preside over employees inventions in France are well defined by the law. Indeed, article L611-8 of the French Intellectual Property Code (IPC) clearly defines the rules of ownership of invention and remuneration, for various situations, which differ depending on whether the employee has an inventive mission or not.

Class actions in Israel – a cautionary tale for international corporations

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Class actions are a widely-used litigation practice in Israel and have been so for years. Illustratively, in each of the last three years, over 1,200 new motions to certify class actions were filed. Many of these claims were filed against multinational and foreign corporations concerning their operations in Israel. In fact, one might struggle to …

Major changes to Taiwan financial services – sandbox experiments, token offerings and internet banks

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The Taiwan government has been actively promoting fintech development and there have been several major developments recently. The primary regulator of the financial services industry, the Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC), introduced the ‘regulatory sandbox’ in 2018 and several fintech experiments have been launched since. In June 2019, the FSC announced that it will regulate security …

Recording and re-use of testimonies in Norwegian courts

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In recent years, Norwegian courts have transitioned to near-full electronic communication between the parties and the courts. Court hearings are more and more often paperless, and the use of long-distance meetings and examinations by way of video link is increasing. In this article, we put the spotlight on another aspect of digitalisation that is currently …

Charity begins at home

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George Wilkinson, secretary to the Ashfords Foundation, outlines the positive benefits to law firms of getting serious about their charity work I am frequently asked why Ashfords established a charitable foundation. Having explained the why and the how, almost invariably the next remark is: ‘Why didn’t we think of that?’