The Indonesian Ministry of Finance has issued a new regulation that makes it possible to record trademarks and copyright with the Directorate General of Customs and Excise so that customs authorities can inform intellectual property rights owners of potential counterfeit goods. Minister of Finance Regulation No. 40/PMK.04/2018 regarding Recordation, Restraint, Guarantee, Temporary Suspension,...

Regulatory issues related to the commercialization of life sciences products cannot be overlooked or brushed aside. As a first step, an intellectual property (IP) owner needs to obtain a marketing authorization license from the relevant regulatory authorities, while exercising their best efforts to protect their IP rights. When considering consumer protection, trademark laws and life sciences...

A new anti-corruption law has come into effect in Thailand. Formally named the Act Supplementing the Constitution Relating to the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption B.E. 2561 (2018) (the “New Anti-Corruption Law”), it repeals and replaces the 1999 Organic Act on Counter Corruption and its various amendments (the “Old OACC”). The New Anti-Corruption Law largely keeps in place the key...

On August 3, 2018, Myanmar’s Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) issued an announcement enacting an anti-corruption code of ethics intended to prevent corruption in both public and private transactions. The code of ethics prohibits all companies and bodies corporates incorporated under the Myanmar Companies Law (2017) from engaging in the following...

India has granted Pfizer Inc a patent for its powerful pneumonia vaccine Prevenar 13, in a blow to some health groups that said this would put the treatment out of reach of thousands in poorer nations. The decision by India’s patent office bars other companies from making cheaper copies of the vaccine and allows Pfizer to exclusively sell it in India until 2026. It’s a big victory for the U.S....