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Catherine Muyl on Brexit's impact on European patents, trademarks

By Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) - Britain's stunning referendum vote to leave the European Union last week sent global equity markets into free fall and the pound to a 31-year low. The British government has not yet triggered the formal treaty mechanism to exit the union, and when it does it will set off two years of negotiations. But whatever form Britain's redefined relationship with the EU takes, there are sure to be long term impacts on growth, trade, investment, labor and migration, economists and other experts say. And, according to attorneys, in an area that is critically important for companies: intellectual property. Paris-based Foley Hoag partner and intellectual property specialist Catherine Muyl told Reuters on Wednesday that the ripple effects will be felt mainly in two areas: the planned unitary patent system and European trademark rights. Questions and answers have been edited for space and clarity. REUTERS: The Unitary Patent System, targeted to go into ef…

Hear It From The Expert: Professor David Gantz on U.S. Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Laws and Their Treatment of Vietnamese Imports

Last Friday, I had the privilege to talk to Professor David A. Gantz from the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law. Professor Gantz is the Samuel M. Fegtly Professor of Law and the Director Emeritus of the International Economic Law and Policy Program.  He graduated cum laude in Government from Harvard College. He also held a J.D. and a J.S.M. from Stanford Law School. During his legal career, Professor Gantz has developed extensive experience in international trade law and has represented clients in many high-stake cases. He was the consultant to the Vietnamese Ministry of Justice on trade law issues from 2000 to 2001. Currently, he is a NAFTA Chapter 11 arbitrator and a consultant to the National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade on customs and trade law issues. Professor Gantz has received numerous awards for his services, including the U.S. Department of State Superior Honor Award and the Certificate of Appreciation for various legal services relating to th…