International Legal Affairs June Newsletter
IN THIS ISSUE...
Message from the Chair  
City Guide: focus on Montreal, Quebec, Canada  
Be(a)ware – Trademark Infringement Risks in Russia  
Add Value to your International Legal Affairs Committee Membership - Try a Committee Leadership Position  
Committee Developed Resources  
ILA Committee Member Articles in the Docket  
Legal Quick Hit and Committee Calls  
Events of Interest  
News from the ILA Committee Sponsor, SidleyAustin LLP  
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Message from the Chair

Hello International Legal Affairs (ILA) Committee members around the world and welcome to the second edition of the International Legal Affairs Committee newsletter! 

Incredible events – literally, events that are hard to believe – are happening all over the world. In the U.K., we will be voting on 23rd June about whether to leave the European Union. In the U.S., Donald Trump has become the Republican candidate for President of the United States – two phrases which I never expected to write in the same sentence.

Life as a lawyer in today’s world presents many challenges; it sometimes seems like the only constant thing in our lives is change. In this changing, challenging world, the community of lawyers who make up the ILA Committee are a valuable resource who can help us deal successfully with the complex world of international in-house legal practice. Many thanks to all of you who share your knowledge and experience with your fellow ILA Committee members and, by doing so, enrich and inform both our professional and personal lives.

If any of you are interested in contributing to this newsletter or in becoming more involved in any other ILA Committee activities, please do contact me or one of the other leadership team. We would be delighted to hear from you!
 

Kind regards and best wishes,
 

Sara A. Biro
Chair, International Legal Affairs Committee
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City Guide: focus on Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Do you have business in Montreal? The Embassy Suites on St. Antoine Ouest offers affordable accommodations with an excellent location – within walking distance of Old Montreal and very convenient access to Route 720 if you find yourself driving. I love dinner at Da Emma located in Montreal’s first prison for women in Old Montreal. The wine list is impressive and the menu will not disappoint. For those who enjoy the outdoors, Mont Royal includes abundant hiking and jogging paths with a challenging incline but options for those ready for a more leisurely activity.
 

If you would like to write a short piece on your home city/town or a city to which you travel on business and give your ILA Committee colleagues some inside tips on places to stay and/or dine and things to see and do, please email Tracey Poisal Rice ILA Committee Communications Chair, so that we may include your travel tips in the upcoming Quarterly ILA Committee Newsletter.
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Be(a)ware – Trademark Infringement Risks in Russia

In Russia there is a strict law against parallel imports, under which it is a trademark infringement to import third party goods into Russia without first getting a specific consent from the owner of the trademarks which relate to those goods. Customs agents in Russia have far-reaching powers to prevent branded goods entering Russia if trademarks relating to the goods are registered in Russia’s Federal Customs Register and the owner of the trademark has not provided a specific consent to the use of the trademarks in connection with the imported goods.

How does this apply in practice? 

A well-known FMCG multi-national company was shipping to a number of Russian retailers a product that was due to launch in Russia. The shipment was stopped by Russian customs agents. One of the customs agents broke open a blister pack and found that the products contained a well-known branded battery, something which was not been mentioned on the package artwork. The shipment was held up in customs until the company that was sending the shipment was able to get a consent letter from the owner of the trademark for the battery.


Submitted by Emma Sharpe, ILA Committee Secretary, on behalf of her colleague, Ivo Stormonth Darling. 
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Add Value to your International Legal Affairs Committee Membership - Try a Committee Leadership Position

Please consider working with a knowledgeable, motivated group of professionals and enhancing your own ACC experience at the same time. Open positions include:

Assistant Secretary

Communications Co-Chair

ACC and Sponsor Liaison Chair

ACC Advocacy Liaison Chair

U.S. Chapters Liaison

ILA Committee Liaison to ACC Committees.


If you would be interested in joining the leadership team, please contact a member of the ILA Committee leadership team to discuss the role which interests you and your thoughts on what you would like to accomplish in that role.
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Committee Developed Resources

EU General Data Protection Regulation
Jan 2016 QuickCounsel
Sponsored by Sidley Austin LLP


This QuickCounsel examines the key provisions of the proposed Regulation and identifies some of the more relevant obligations which in-house counsel will need to consider under the new data protection regime.
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ILA Committee Member Articles in the Docket
Did you see….

ILA Committee member Anza D’Antonio’s article Complying with Transparency Requirements in Procurement and Avoiding Legal Pitfalls in the January/February 2016 issue of the Docket? (written with Sarah Rathke of Squire Patton Boggs), and

The March issue of the Docket was chock full of Committee member articles such as:


Carolyn Herzog’s article on Navigating International Negotiations with a Global Mindset (written with Șirin KöPrücü of Strategic Straits, Inc.)


Art Fisher’s article, entitled The Modern General Counsel

Want More from Your Outside Counsel? by Committee member Robert Falk (written with Gregory Olaniran of Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP).

  

In April, the Docket included an article by K Royal on Finding Equality and Balance in the Face of Legal Typecasting (written with Tracy Stanton, Senior Counsel at NRG).

If you have published an article or have other news to share, please email Tracey Poisal Rice, ILA Committee Communications Chair, to include your news in our next Quarterly Newsletter.

 

 

 
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Legal Quick Hit and Committee Calls

If you have 30 minutes to learn about subjects which are relevant to the international legal practice of an in-house lawyer, then please join us for the Legal Quick Hit which occurs during the ILA Committee call each month. The ILA Committee calls take place on the second Thursday of each month at 11:00 EST.

If you have a suggestion for a Legal Quick Hit, please contact one of the ILA Committee leadership team or Megan Mandeville, Sidley Austin’s liaison to the ACC.
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Events of Interest

 

 


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News from the ILA Committee Sponsor, SidleyAustin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP is proud to announce it has now opened an office in Munich, Germany, its 20th office, and has increased the strength of its private equity and corporate practice in London

See the Sidley article: Article 29 Working Party Releases Its Wish List for the EU-U.DS. Privacy Shield: “On April 13, the Article 29 Working Party announced that it had completed its assessment of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield documentation. The announcement was followed by the release of a 58-page Opinion on the European Commission’s draft adequacy decision on the Privacy Shield….”

Sidley updates and newsletters are available for access. For information on Sidley programs and events, contact Sidley’s liaison to ACC, Megan Mandeville
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