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The Constitutional Court abolished the Article 16/5 of the Decree Law numbered 556

May 2015 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by Baspinar & Partners Law Firm.

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The Constitutional Court abolished the Article 16/5 of the Decree Law numbered 556.

Upon the application of the Ankara 3rd Civil Court for Intellectual and Industrial Property Rights, the Constitutional Court reviewed the Article 16/5 of the Decree Law numbered 556 which states that it is mandatory to transfer the trademarks of goods and services which are confusingly similar to the registered trademark to be transferred.

Assignment of Trademarks and Licensing of Trademarks in Turkey

May 2015 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by ELIG, Attorneys-at-Law .

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I. Introduction

Turkish law provides for both the assignment and license of trademarks. It is important to distinguish trademark related rights borne from assignment and licensing as this will determine the scope of rights that are exercisable. 

Austria: Amendments to Chemicals Act and Biocidal Products Act

May 2015 - Projects, Energy & Natural Resources . Legal Developments by Schönherr.

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On March 5 2015 Austria's agriculture, forestry, environment and water economics minister presented a draft law to amend the Chemicals Act and the Biocidal Products Act. The proposed amendments are the last steps towards the final standardisation of the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures in accordance with EU Regulation 1272/2008 (the 'CPL Regulation'). The amendments simplify the term 'toxin' and shift the existing toxin purchase permit system to a simplified system of toxin purchase certificates. Read more...

Poland: Traders' Obligations under the New Consumers Protection Act

May 2015 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by Schönherr.

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The new consumers protection act ("Act") which came into force on 25 December 2014 changed the obligations that traders (entrepreneurs) have with regard to the execution of sales contracts with consumers (relating to both goods and services) and warranty rules relating to the provided goods. read more...

Tax Legislation Overhaul Proposed in the Republic of Srpska

May 2015 - Tax & Private Client. Legal Developments by Karanovic & Nikolic.

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Significant changes to the tax regulations in the Republic of Srpska (“RS”) are expected in the coming months. On March 6, the National Assembly of RS passed amendments to the Law on Fiscal Cash Registries. In addition, Parliament approved the Government’s proposals on amendments to several important tax laws, including corporate income tax, personal income tax, social security contributions and property tax. Proposed changes to the laws governing accounting and financial audits have also been approved. These changes are intended to clarify and strengthen existing tax rules, widen the tax base and introduce more discipline in the payment of tax, but also to reduce the tax burden for businesses in order to stimulate economic growth.


Careless limit values threaten the Mining Industry

May 2015 - Projects, Energy & Natural Resources. Legal Developments by Foyen Advokatfirma AB.

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By lawyer/partner Pia Pehrson and associates Pelle Stubelius and Ludvig Gustafson, Foyen Advokatfirma

DEBATE. The Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management suggests new limit values regarding uranium and copper and other substances. There is however, according to Pia Pehrson, Pelle Stubelius and Ludvig Gustafson at the Swedish law firm Foyen Advokatfirma, a risk that part of this proposition will prevent Swedish industry and mining operators from continuing their work.

Wage moderation - The Act providing the new remuneration margin has been published

May 2015 - Employment. Legal Developments by Claeys & Engels law firm.

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On Thursday 30 April 2015, the Act establishing the maximum margin for the evolution of remuneration costs for 2015 and 2016 was published in the Belgian Official Gazette and entered into force.

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Installment Sales

May 2015 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by Baspinar & Partners Law Firm.

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The Regulation About Installment Sales ("The Regulation") entered into force by being published in the Official Gazette on 14th January 2015. Although the title is 'installment sales'; the main subject of the Regulation is financial leasing agreements. It is important to be careful not to confuse the installment sales with the prepaid sales. In prepaid sales the buyer have the possession of the sold movable property after completing the payment. However in installment sales the buyer gets the property immediately and then makes the payment. Moreover the sales made by credit cards are not the subject of this Regulation.

 

Protection of Creditors and Employees and Personal Liabilities of Shareholders in Mergers

May 2015 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by ELIG, Attorneys-at-Law .

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Synergies and increase in the assets of the merging companies are aimed at mergers. However, a merger may at the same time result in the increase of the liabilities of the merging companies. Further, in some cases the financial standing of the absorbed company in a merger may not even show positive figures thus such a merger may present a potential risk on the creditors of especially the surviving company. Due to the fact that creditors of the merging entities do not have a veto right against a merger, there arises the need for a specific protection tool for the creditors. A merger may also negatively affect the employees of the merging entities, again especially the ones of the absorbed company. On the other hand, "over-protection" may defeat the purpose of the merger concept so a fairly balanced protection mechanics is essential. This article focuses on the means of protection of creditors and employees, and personal liabilities of shareholders in mergers, as regulated by the Turkish Commercial Code ("TCC").

The Gas Pipelines, the Cold War and the Black Sea Region

May 2015 - Projects, Energy & Natural Resources. Legal Developments by Karanovic & Nikolic.

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Since the end of the Cold War, the Black Sea region has gained even greater political and economic importance and has become the subject of a dominance battle between world powers including the United States of America, Russia and the most influential member states of the European Union. While these world powers battle for dominance, local players such as Turkey and Ukraine have also gained importance and have used their geopolitical position to promote themselves as key international policy players.