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Ally Law – The Commonwealth Parliament of Australia recently passed the Commonwealth Registers Act 2020, which — upon commencement and with amendments to existing legislation — will require directors of Australian companies to apply for and be issued a unique Director Identification Number (DIN).
In recent years, the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has launched several fast-track initiatives — including the electronic priority document exchange (PDX) program and the Global PPH and IP5 PPH pilot programs under the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) — to minimize fees and help accelerate the patent-examination process.
For the first time in nearly 40 years, Hong Kong has increased maternity leave, which — together with other legislation passed recently — also provides additional protections for breastfeeding mothers.
The UK left the European Union on 31 January 2020 and entered a Brexit transition period, which runs until the end of December 2020.