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Sanchez DeVanny Eseverri SC | Mexico | 21 Jul 2021

Amendments to Health Supplies Regulation

The Health Supplies Regulation was recently amended. Specific provisions were set out in relation to the labelling of public health sector medicines. Amendments were also made to the marketing authorisation request procedure to make the process less time-consuming and more efficient.
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Sanchez DeVanny Eseverri SC | Mexico | 3 Apr 2019

Importing and marketing medicines and medical devices

Numerous laws and regulations govern the import and marketing of medicines and medical devices. In addition to purely regulatory and health-related requirements, a number of provisions which govern import procedures and products in general must be observed. Most importantly, parties which intend to market a medicine or medical device in Mexico (whether imported or manufactured domestically)......
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Grau & Angulo | European Union | 24 Dec 2018

Preliminary injunctions granted against Blablatel Mobile for parallel imports

In October 2018 the EU Trademark Court Number 1 of Alicante granted the interim injunction application filed by Xiaomi Inc against Blablatel Mobile SL for trademark infringement due to the parallel import of technological products from outside the European Economic Area. This decision is notable, as it confirms that importing goods that were originally intended to be marketed outside the......
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BDO LLP | India | 21 Dec 2018

Taxability of back-office support services provided to overseas companies

A recent advanced ruling examined the applicability of goods and services tax (GST) to back-office support services provided by an Indian company to a foreign client. The Advance Ruling Authority held that the back-office support services in question should be treated as intermediary services, which are not eligible to be exempt from the GST applicable to an export of services since, as per......
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Khaitan & Co | India | 18 Dec 2018

Bombay High Court upholds constitutionality of Maharashtra's right to tax lottery schemes

The Bombay High Court recently upheld the constitutionality of the Maharashtra Tax on Lotteries Act 2006. The legality and taxation of lottery schemes in Maharashtra has been at the centre of a catena of judgments, including State of Bombay v RMD Chamarbaugwala and Writ Petition 854/2007. The latest judgment clarifies that the taxation of lotteries falls within the ambit of the term 'betting......
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Zacco | Norway | 17 Dec 2018

JallaXXXXXX: Coca-Cola accuses local soft drink maker of infringing SPRITE mark

The Arabic word jalla, which means 'come on, hurry up', was introduced to the Norwegian language by soldiers who served with UN peacekeeping forces in the Middle East. In Norwegian, the word has come to mean 'gaudy' or 'outlandish', but it is also used to indicate that something is of low quality or below accepted or traditional standards. So how did this word become the subject of a......
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Broad & Bright | China | 15 Oct 2018

State Council issues guidelines for stable development of natural gas sector

The State Council recently issued Several Opinions on Promoting the Coordinated and Stable Development of Natural Gas. The opinions aim to accelerate the development and use of natural gas in a coordinated and stable manner, advance the energy production and consumption revolution and build a clean, low-carbon, safe and efficient modern energy system. The main purpose of the opinions is to......
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Hogan Lovells | Italy | 10 Oct 2018

Parallel import of medicinal products – when a name change is a game changer

The Lazio Administrative Court recently decided that, as a rule, parallel importers of medicinal products have no right to change the trademark affixed to products in their country of origin unless this change is strictly necessary due to safety grounds or national regulatory restrictions. The court found that the right to undertake the parallel import of medicinal products should not unduly......
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DLA Piper | Italy | 2 Oct 2018

Towards full implementation of IDD – new IVASS measures enacted

IVASS, the Italian insurance regulator, recently introduced Regulations 40 and 41 regarding the distribution of (re)insurance products and pre-contract information duties. Alongside these regulations, IVASS also published a report following a consultation phase. The clarifications that IVASS provided in the report represent useful guidance for both insurers and intermediaries.
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Sanchez DeVanny Eseverri SC | Mexico | 19 Sep 2018

The great hemp debate: marijuana or not?

Although Mexico has some of the most stringent regulations regarding the growth, use and marketing of marijuana, this position has recently changed, as evidenced by the amendments to the General Health Law which permit the health authorities to design and execute public policies regarding the use of pharmacological derivatives of marijuana. However, the question remains as to whether hemp......
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