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Patent Office Updates You Need to Know
As part of our dedication to helping our clients stay up-to-date on the ever-changing landscape as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve compiled the following highlights of changes to patent, trademark, and copyright operations around the world. MORE.
Deferring Social Security Tax Withholding
On August 8, 2020, President Trump issued a memorandum directing the Secretary of Treasury to expand that deferral opportunity to the employee’s share of the social security tax and to further explore turning the employee deferral into a waiver. MORE.
End of Interrupted Days and Temporary Fee Changes from UK IPO
During the lockdown period, the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) extended official deadlines to allow extra time for action to be taken in connection with trade mark and other Intellectual Property matters. MORE.
ECJ rules that employment contract can be split between multiple transferees
In a somewhat surprising decision, the European Court of Justice (the ECJ) has ruled that the employment contract of a transferring worker may be split between multiple transferees, in proportion to the tasks performed by that worker. MORE.
Uncertainty Over ‘Concrete Cases’
The lure of buying a flat in an older building is sometimes difficult to resist. Residential units constructed decades ago tend to have more floor space and higher ceilings, since Hong Kong’s land shortage had yet to really bite at that time. MORE.
Practice on Financing Private Consumption with Cash Savings
In cases where the Danish Tax Agency makes discretionary changes as a result of low or negative private consumption, the Danish Tax Agency often only takes into account income and expenses in the private consumption statement - and not for cash finances in the surrounding income years. MORE.
Lessons Learned: Destroying Relevant Evidence Can Be Catastrophic
A recent decision of the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit emphasizes the importance of preserving electronically stored information and complying with discovery requests in litigation. MORE.
Another Executive Order Seeks to Limit Use of Foreign Labor
On August 3, 2020, President Trump signed an Executive Order instructing the Secretaries of Labor and Homeland Security to take action to ensure all H-1B employers comply with labor condition and wage requirements. MORE.
Need to Leave Hong Kong Before 2021?
As discussed extensively in our previous blogs, the BN(O) visa category which will allow British National (Overseas) citizens and their dependants to obtain a UK visa with an eventual route to citizenship. MORE.