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Wikborg Rein | Global | 8 Sep 2021

ASBAGASVOY 2020 – new voyage charter for gas tankers

The new ASBAGASVOY charter form is intended to be used for vessels transporting liquefied petroleum gas, anhydrous ammonia and chemical gases, an industry sector that has seen significant expansion. Its introduction serves to save time and reduce the risk of contractual disputes by reflecting industry commercial practice and setting out the necessary terms in a clear and concise way.
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Norton Rose Fulbright | Global | 2 Sep 2021

Top 10 considerations for drafting arbitration agreements

Arbitration agreements are often treated as one-size-fits-all precedents that are included in commercial contracts without much thought. This approach can be counterproductive and result in increased time, cost and complexity to resolve disputes. A well-drafted arbitration agreement, taking into account the issues identified by this article, may serve to mitigate those risks.
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GEVERS | Global | 16 Aug 2021

Should inventors disclose all technical details in patent applications?

Inventors are often reluctant to disclose all of the technical details of their inventions in patent applications. They fear that disclosing such details makes it easy for copycats to steal their ideas. Although this is understandable, it goes against the idea of patent protection. Disclosing inventions helps society as a whole to broaden the state of the art and stimulate innovation.
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Norton Rose Fulbright | Global | 12 Aug 2021

Resolving joint venture disputes between investors and states

In the event of a breach of a bilateral investment treaty, there is a safety net for foreign investors in the form of direct recourse to international arbitration against the host state. The availability of remedies in investment arbitration can also serve to avoid disputes and facilitate negotiation, including where a local state joint venture partner seeks to later renegotiate the agreed......
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Norton Rose Fulbright | Global | 29 Jul 2021

Renewable energy project disputes: navigating the dark side of the energy transition

The substantial growth forecast for renewable energy capacity and renewable energy projects carries with it a significant risk of related disputes arising. This article explores the features of renewable energy projects, the types of disputes that may arise throughout a renewable energy project life cycle and the role of arbitration in resolving such disputes, particularly where projects have......
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Ogier | Global | 29 Jul 2021

Battle of beneficiaries: how to avoid no man's land for trustees

As much as every trustee desires harmony and familial good will, the reality of modern trusteeship can be different. With the ever-increasing rise in high and ultra-high net worth structures, often in a dynastic setting, the potential for disharmony, or downright hostility, among beneficiaries is on the rise. Every situation will have its nuances and particular difficulties. However, this......
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GEVERS | Global | 19 Jul 2021

Improvements are patentable

Inventors often believe that their invention is not patentable because it is an improvement of a patented invention. However, an improvement of a patented invention is patentable provided that, in view of the state of the art, it is novel, involves an inventive step (ie, it is not obvious) and is susceptible of industrial application. The "state of the art" is defined as everything made......
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Wikborg Rein | Global | 14 Jul 2021

Updated BIMCO contracts for towage and barge hire

The Baltic and International Maritime Council recently published new editions of the widely used Towhire, Towcon and Bargehire contract forms, which were last revised in 2008. The amendments are intended to improve legal clarity and bring the contracts more in line with current commercial practices. While the uptake of new contract forms by the industry is often somewhat slow, in all......
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Bird & Bird LLP | Global | 5 Jul 2021

Emerging from covid-19 pandemic – IP considerations

As markets slowly begin to reopen after the covid-19 pandemic, businesses will have to navigate the challenges of a more discerning consumer base, finding ways to attract and retain customers. It is important that such businesses retain control over associated intellectual property. After all, intellectual property is often a company's biggest asset and, in such uncertain times, its value......
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ENSafrica | Global | 9 Jun 2021

Would a TRIPS waiver improve access to COVID-19 vaccines?

A recent proposal calls for a waiver for all World Trade Organisation members of certain provisions of the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) in relation to the "prevention, containment or treatment" of COVID-19. However, without the voluntary cooperation of vaccine originator companies, a significant or rapid increase in the production of vaccines by......
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