Monthly Archives: August 2013

Challenge to IRS “Nonenforcement” of Church Political Activity Ban Survives

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin declined to dismiss a nonprofit foundation’s lawsuit against the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS), challenging what it characterized as that agency’s policy of not enforcing a legal requirement that tax-exempt … Continue reading

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Trade Secrets Plaintiff Sanctioned; Couldn’t Identify Stolen Secrets

A state appellate court in California affirmed an award of more than US$200,000 against an investment group that acquired the assets of All American Semiconductor, Inc. (AASI) in bankruptcy and then sued a competitor, claiming that it had misappropriated AASI’s trade … Continue reading

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Arbitration Tribunal Finds Jurisdiction in Bangladesh-Investor Disputes

On August 19, 2013, a panel of the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) ruled on challenges to its jurisdiction to hear two arbitration cases brought by Niko Resources (Bangladesh) Ltd., a Barbados subsidiary of a … Continue reading

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Indian IP Board Upholds Rejection of Plant Stress Tolerance Patent

On July 5, 2013, the Indian Intellectual Property Appellate Board affirmed a decision of the national patent office to deny Monsanto Company’s application for a patent covering “a method of producing a transgenic plant, with increasing heat tolerance, salt tolerance or … Continue reading

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Honduras Signs Nagoya Protocol

Earlier this week, Honduras acceded to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization. Honduras suscribe Protocolo de Nagoya, El Heraldo (Aug. 14, 2013). In doing so, the Central … Continue reading

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