Vietnam’s new Law on Cybersecurity was finally adopted by the National Assembly on June 12, 2018, after more than a dozen drafts and wide debate in the business and government sectors. This Cybersecurity Law imposes tremendous obligations on both onshore and, especially, offshore companies providing online services to customers in Vietnam. The companies subject to this Cybersecurity Law are...

On May 22, 2018, the government of Vietnam promulgated Decree No. 81/2018/ND-CP providing detailed regulations for the implementation of the Commercial Law for commercial enhancement activities (Decree 81). Decree 81 will come into effect on July 15, 2018, replacing Decree No. 37/2006/ND-CP, dated April 4, 2006 (Decree 37). Commercial enhancement activities are defined under Article 3.10 of the...

The USPTO is reducing the official fee for filing a “Streamlined” Reexamination Request to lessen financial burdens for requester(s). This became effective beginning on January 16, 2018. If a Request for Ex Parte Reexamination complies with the streamlined filing criteria, i.e. forty (40) or fewer pages and certain format requirements, the USPTO fee is $6,000 (large entity), $3,000 (small...

Japanese patent law is based on the first-to-file principle and is mainly given force by the Patent Act. The administrative procedure for obtaining a patent in Japan is similar to that of most other patent systems, and includes the examination of novelty, inventive step and industrial application of the invention. In general, a patent application for an invention should be filed at the patent...

As a rapidly developing country, there is an ever-growing demand for electricity in Cambodia. Unfortunately, electricity in Cambodia is still relatively costly in comparison to its regional neighbors, which affects the competitiveness of companies operating in the country. However, many companies have noticed that Cambodia’s climate is well-suited for solar energy and are moving toward the use...