Panama Covid-19 update – another Sunday lockdown…another 638 cases (now over 124,000 total to date, but 101,041 “recovered”). Also another 7 fatalities. There are now 21,140 active cases, 107 in ICU and 654 in other wards.
18 October 2020
ARMS EMBARGO ON IRAN EXPIRES DESPITE US OPPOSITION
On 18 October, Al Jazeera reported that, despite opposition from the US, a long-standing conventional arms embargo imposed on Iran has expired in line with the terms of the landmark JCPOA deal. The end of the embargo means Iran will legally be able to buy and sell conventional arms, including missiles, helicopters and tanks, and the Iranian foreign ministry said the country can now “procure any necessary arms and equipment from any source without any legal restrictions, and solely based on its defensive needs”. In August, the US tabled a UN resolution to indefinitely extend the arms embargo, but it was rejected.
PAKISTAN CUSTOMS SEIZES 75 SMUGGLED FALCONS AND HOUBARA BUSTARDS
On 18 October, the News International reported that the Anti-Smuggling Organisation of the Pakistan Customs has seized 75 birds of endangered species. The raids were conducted after a tip-off of birds being exported illegally to foreign countries.
SOUTH KOREA: FINANCIAL FRAUD SCANDAL INVOLVING A PRIVATE EQUITY INVESTMENT COMPANY
On 18 October, the Korea Herald reported that the case now involves a key suspect having claimed to have lobbied ranking prosecutors, one of whom is now part of the investigative team. The article speaks of a rift between the prosecution and its oversight body, the Justice Ministry, which have been at odds over the reform issue as well as some politically sensitive cases. The ministry had claimed that he probe by the Seoul Southern District Prosecutors’ Office into the Lime Asset Management’s hedge fund scam was “insufficient,” and that prosecutors had failed to properly look into the testimony of the suspect concerning the alleged illegal lobbying.
ENHANCING NUCLEAR REACTOR SECURITY
On 14 October, the Middlebury Institute reported on the European Nuclear Society meeting where research-reactor operators from across Europe and beyond to discuss the latest technical and policy developments. The Society promotes the development of nuclear science and technology and the understanding of peaceful nuclear applications. The meeting included a senior fellow of the Institute giving a presentation on “Current and Future Perceptions and Applications for Proliferation Resistance”. A YouTube recording is available of a Zoom meeting of a proliferation resistance panel discussion.
UK: ACCOUNT FREEZING ORDERS
CMS Law has produced a briefing on Account Freezing Orders available under the Criminal Finances Act 2017. It explains how one could be affected by an AFO and how to mitigate the risk.
10 TRADEMARK MYTHS AND HOW THEY CAN HURT YOUR BUSINESS
On 29 September, Williams Mullen in the US published an article on US trademark law. It lists 10 “trademark myths” that may prove costly to a company, as well as recommendations to help evaluate potential trademark issues –
- We cannot get sued for trademark infringement because we have a federal registration;
- We can stop anyone from using our trademark because we have a federal registration;
- Our name is a common or generic term, so we cannot get sued for trademark infringement;
- We do not need to do anything else with our trademark once we register it;
- The USPTO enforces my trademark for me;
- Trademark applications are easy to file and registrations are easy to get;
- Someone owns a trademark registration for the name I want to use, so I cannot use or register it;
- I need a registration in order to “trademark” a mark (or acquire rights in it);
- My mark is not identical to another’s mark, so I am safe from a claim of infringement; and
- I filed for the domain name or the business name incorporating my mark, so I am all set as far as trademark rights.
HOW THE ‘DOMINANT PURPOSE’ TEST APPLIES IN PRACTICE
On 16 October, in the latest instalment of the Sports Direct series of decisions on privilege, this considers how the ‘dominant purpose’ test applies in practice and the importance of context for the High Court’s assessment of it.
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