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FTC Publishes AI Best Practices. Building upon its April 2020 guidance on Using Artificial...
“Europe should become the global centre for trustworthy artificial intelligence (AI).” This is the ambitious target set by the European Commission (the “Commission”) when presenting its proposal for an Artificial Intelligence Act on 21 April 2021, in which it intends to regulate the use of AI, not the technology itself. The proposed AI Regulation is primarily a prohibition law which prohibits the use of AI systems in certain application scenarios or makes it subject to technical and organisational requirements. The proposal...
From the loss of education to the impact on businesses, jobs and the flow of finance for development, the economic scars of the pandemic will take time to heal. In the light of COVID-19, development finance backing from the European Union is more important than ever.
The world was not doing enough for sustainable development, even before the pandemic. The existing gap in financing for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals has been estimated at around $2.5 trillion. Growth in...
Stout experts offer insights on the 5G patent landscape, FRAND licensing terms, and aggregate royalty burdens.
Proliferation of 5G and wireless encouraging SEP patent owners to extend their reach
Licensing of standard essential patents (SEPs) is a longstanding tradition in the telecommunications and consumer electronics sectors. Performing valuations, determining appropriate royalty rates, and licensing on a fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) basis is an expected, but often complicated, practice for use of technologies, including wired and wireless connectivity, video encoding, and...
Overview: Last week's cyberattack on the largest US gasoline pipeline continues to lift oil and gasoline prices. The June gasoline futures gapped higher to extend last week's 2.4% gain but has subsequently moved lower to enter the gap. June WTI is firm and holding above $65. The supply disruption is key, but iron ore prices soared 10% on strong Chinese demand. More broadly, the CRB Index settled last week at six-year highs. Led by South Korea, Asia Pacific equities...
On 22 August 2020, the ban on abuse of economic dependence was implemented in Belgium (Article IV.2/1 of the Code of Economic Law). Now that almost a year has passed and the first judgments have been rendered, we assess what first lessons can be drawn from these judgments. The rulings show that the ban is regularly relied upon in court and has lowered the hurdle for plaintiffs to make their case.
Economic dependence is defined as "a subordinate position of...
The human consequences of the coronavirus pandemic are all too clear. The full economic impact of the various government lockdowns in place around the world are yet to emerge. However, even at this stage it is certain that the impact on the global economy will be massive: probably beyond any of our experiences. The impact will be felt everywhere, including on the private insurers with whom we place our clients’ business. What shape will these insurers be in when...
On Wednesday, European Commission Vice-Presidents Valdis Dombrovskis and Margrethe Vestager, joined by Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton presented an update to the Commission’s Industrial Strategy which had been adopted shortly before the coronavirus crisis hit the continent. It is intended to boost the EU’s economic recovery and counteract various technological and industrial dependencies towards Asia and North America, which had proved to be a significant problem during the health crisis.
With this strategy, the Commission aims to continue developing a more effective industrial policy and intervene more actively in the market. This involves targeted state support for specific industries to keep or re-shore production to the EU. Breton announced...
On April 19, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the state’s 2021-2022 fiscal year budget into law. The law contains several changes to New York’s tax laws, including tax rate increases on corporations and wealthier individuals. A summary of the New York State budget was recently released by Marks Paneth.
One of the more potentially favorable elements of the law is a new, elective “Pass-through Entity Tax” (PTE tax) which many businesses with operations or investors in New York may want...
This week’s special newsletter provides an overview of notable changes in Canadian and American immigration over the month of March, including all measures directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is the latest news as of May 6th 2021.
New pathway to permanent residency for over 90,000 essential temporary workers and international graduates
Effective May 6, 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will begin accepting applications under the following three (3) streams:
20,000 applications for temporary workers in health care