A New California Law Will Affect Marijuana and Hemp Businesses Across the Nation

A New California Law Will Affect Marijuana and Hemp Businesses Across the Nation

We’ve been writing a lot lately about recent major changes in federal hemp laws that will likely affect every hemp company in the United States (see here, here, and here). While we’re on the topic of dramatic legal changes, it’s probably a good idea to talk about a California privacy law that’s about to take effect and require

Spain Golden Visas

Spain Golden Visas

In September 2013, the Spanish parliament approved a new law allowing non-EU investors to apply for a Spanish residence permit and by extension for a Schengen visa. The objective of the law is to attract entrepreneurs to Spain and to stimulate foreign investment in Spanish real estate, public debt, and job creation.  What this all

expungement reexamination proceedings

USPTO Expungement and Reexamination Proceedings

Pursuant to the Trademark Modernization Act (TMA), the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has established expungement and reexamination proceedings for cancellation of a registration. These proceedings allow a third party to request the cancellation of a trademark registration, if the mark was never used in commerce, or if it was not used prior

Doing business in the United States for foreign companies

Doing Business in the United States: The Video

Watch the replay below! Late last year, several Harris Bricken attorneys offered a bilingual webinar on Doing Business in the U.S. Market, organized by the Madrid Chamber of Commerce, and in cooperation with our affiliated Spain law firm, Monereo Meyer Abogados. During the webinar, Jonathan Bench, Fred Rocafort, Akshat Divatia, and Nadja Vietz discussed the legal considerations

foreign Law enforcement

Laws Are Sometimes Not Enforced. That Doesn’t Mean You Should Break Them

Reading the other day about corruption, we were reminded that New York City annually publishes statistics naming and shaming (or trying to shame, at least) the diplomatic missions that disregard municipal laws, most notably in the context of that most fiercely contested of metropolitan skirmishes, street parking. Like many cities, New York City – and especially

M&A Closing Conditions

M&A Closing Conditions

Our corporate attorneys have represented countless companies, buyers, and sellers in M&A transactions, and one of the most common questions we get is “what are M&A closing conditions?” An M&A closing condition is a thing that a party says must happen for the transaction to close. All deals with closings have at least a few

Spain Branch Office or Subsidiary

Spain Branch Office or Subsidiary?

You’ve taken the first steps in expanding your business into Spain, perhaps by forming distributor relations. Now, you’re ready to put down deeper roots by renting office space and hiring staff. With these pieces in place you will be considered a “permanent establishment,” and it’s time to go beyond simply registering your foreign business. Foreign

Emerging markets success

Four Essential Principles of Emerging Market Success

In my work as an attorney representing mostly Western companies in emerging markets, I have concluded there are four essential elements to emerging market success: a good partner, an open mind, active participation, and extreme patience. I have seen enough essential similarities between such diverse countries as Russia, Korea (back when it was still an

CTPAT Trade Compliance Program

Use the CTPAT Trade Compliance Program to Improve Your Import Operations

Becoming a member of the United States’ Customs and Border Protection’s CTPAT Trade Compliance Program will improve your import operations. In other words, membership has its privileges. My last customs and trade blog post discussed how importers can minimize United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) entry examinations and expedite cargo clearances by undertaking the

Global Trademark Protection Under the Madrid Protocol

Global Trademark Protection Under the Madrid Protocol

As more U.S. companies and individuals seek to sell their goods and services in foreign markets, it is important they obtain trademark protection in these markets. One way to minimize the cost of obtaining trademark protection abroad is to make use of the Madrid System. With the UAE‘s accession to the Madrid Protocol (which together