Intellectual – Sohamsa http://sohamsa.org/ Tue, 17 May 2022 05:40:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://sohamsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-3-150x150.png Intellectual – Sohamsa http://sohamsa.org/ 32 32 Beginning author Alex Adams shares his thoughts on moral and intellectual growth in a free society in new memoir https://sohamsa.org/beginning-author-alex-adams-shares-his-thoughts-on-moral-and-intellectual-growth-in-a-free-society-in-new-memoir/ Tue, 17 May 2022 04:06:42 +0000 https://sohamsa.org/beginning-author-alex-adams-shares-his-thoughts-on-moral-and-intellectual-growth-in-a-free-society-in-new-memoir/ ‘Freedom Isn’t Free’ details one man’s lifelong observations, experiences and lessons learned TOWNSHIP OF EVESHAM, NJ, May 17, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Freedom and character play a vital role in the functioning of free societies, but are often overlooked. alex adams gives them the attention they deserve in his memoir, “Freedom Is Not Free” (published by […]]]>

‘Freedom Isn’t Free’ details one man’s lifelong observations, experiences and lessons learned

TOWNSHIP OF EVESHAM, NJ, May 17, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Freedom and character play a vital role in the functioning of free societies, but are often overlooked. alex adams gives them the attention they deserve in his memoir, “Freedom Is Not Free” (published by AuthorHouse), which highlights his adventures and missteps in the quest to better the lot of mankind .

“I wanted to tell the story of my life, including essays about my adventures that I thought could be informative for a wide audience,” the author shares for the first time. “I hope to inspire readers to appreciate freedom, the rule of law and justice based on what I have to say on these topics.”

“Freedom Is Not Free” chronicles one man’s life journey from birth through the Trump era. Here, Adams recounts his moral and intellectual development in a free society through discussions of his reading, education, career, volunteer work, and travels. It highlights the good, bad, and bad aspects of the human condition to draw conclusions about how society got to its current state, where it can be headed, and the need for freedom and freedom. rule of law to achieve growth. He also shares the trials he faced and the lessons he learned as he tried to succeed in modern American society.

“Freedom Is Not Free” will appeal to those who enjoy gaining a new perspective regarding the concept of freedom, justice and society. “I hope readers will see themselves in the situations I describe and perhaps learn from my experiences,” Adams says.

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“Freedom is not free”
By alex adams
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About the Author
alex adams is born in Portland, ORin 1944, but grew up on a southern ranch Montana. The elementary school was a one-room school near the ranch, and the high school was a small school in the small town of Big Timber Montana. He attended college at Montana State University, Ohio State Universityand Oregon State Universityand later earned a degree in computer science at west coast university in California. His major in school was chemistry, and he worked as a chemist for seven years at Scripps Institute oceanography in San Diego, California. He transitioned into computer software engineering in his mid-thirties and stayed that way until his retirement, ending up in New Jersey. Whereas in New Jerseyhe spent 10 years commuting washington d.c. volunteer to work at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. He retired in 2016 and today continues his volunteer work in Great Books (a literary discussion group) as well as in political action. This is his first published book.

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Attacks on food bank users betray an intellectually drained Tory party – LabourList https://sohamsa.org/attacks-on-food-bank-users-betray-an-intellectually-drained-tory-party-labourlist/ Sun, 15 May 2022 07:00:30 +0000 https://sohamsa.org/attacks-on-food-bank-users-betray-an-intellectually-drained-tory-party-labourlist/ On May 5, although conservative groups across the country are trying to distance themselves from their embattled leader, the government has taken a largely insignificant but somewhat impressive step: the country is, in one form or another, ruled by the Conservative Party for 12 years. In a year, then (provided Boris Johnson does not get […]]]>

On May 5, although conservative groups across the country are trying to distance themselves from their embattled leader, the government has taken a largely insignificant but somewhat impressive step: the country is, in one form or another, ruled by the Conservative Party for 12 years. In a year, then (provided Boris Johnson does not get his wish for a snap election that may or may not doom him), they will be in power for the same length of time as New Labour.

Whatever other opinions you may have of New Labour, in 2010 it looked like a tired group, broken by years of infighting. Andrew Rawnsley, in this book The end of the party, spoke of the “falling twilight” on the New Labor project – and it is easy to see parallels with the current Conservative administration that Johnson finds himself leading. While the current administration has done its best to claim that it is running a separate project from David Cameron and Theresa May, many key players are still in place.

As you can see from their statements and further through the lack of options to replace Johnson, there is an air of decay and decline after the Tories, that ‘partygate’ and the failure to resolve the cost of living crisis are only exacerbating. No MP feels more emblematic of this decline than Lee Anderson, the Ashfield representative, and like it or not, one of the most talked about members of the 2019 school year.

Anderson announced himself to national media calling for the introduction of forced labor camps, before being filmed conducting a house call for Channel 4. He went on to say last summer that he wouldn’t watch the most successful English domestic football. team of the past 50 years, because they took the knee in support of anti-racism efforts.

And it looks like Anderson wants to stay in the national spotlight. This week he called for the introduction of cooking and budgeting classes for food bank beneficiaries on a program basis in his constituency. Saying there is not a “massive need” for food banks in a country where the number of food banks has grown by at least a thousand in 12 years, Anderson said we have a “generation that cannot not cook a meal from scratch” and “can’t budget”. about ‘scroungers’ and benefits abuse on the agenda.Nor does it speak to Anderson’s political savvy that it has now led to a row with food poverty activist Jack Monroe, with a potentially very expensive libel case on the horizon.

The Tories come to the same talking points they used in their first team – having watched the country grow poorer, angrier and more divided during their time in office. Watching this government’s attempts to steady the ship with an increasingly weak grip on power is like watching the discolored final season of the Soprano as the consequences of each character’s actions finally come back to haunt them: a sepia-toned government for a hollowed-out nation.

So the question is where does that leave the work. Given the state of the Tories, one could argue that simply letting them self-destruct without proposing policies too far from the center could be enough to propel Labor to Downing Street. Whisper it softly, but looking at the Labor leadership, they may also share this opinion. Keir Starmer’s cautious approach, for better or worse, appears to be an attempt to win power by never rocking the boat enough to irritate potential Labor voters and – provided Durham police don’t call his bluff – this strategy will likely be the foundation of their presentation to the nation.

There is cause for concern, however. As we have seen since beergate, the right-wing press, emboldened by Brexit and years of condemning anything remotely to the left, will try to paint the Labor leadership as a communist plot. It is telling, in an unfortunate mirror echo of Tony Blair, that the Sun has always published a leading article calling for his resignation, despite his attempts to woo them over the past two years. Unlike 1997, there will be a war to wage both with the Conservative Party and with the Conservative press. The local elections also signaled, despite Labour’s moderate success, that the leadership cannot simply rely on left-leaning voters to hold their noses and vote for a program they lack, with the Greens and smaller parties making inroads significant across the UK.

Yet, with MPs like Lee Anderson ever willing to air those sorts of views in public, the lack of ideas on the Conservative side of the house is clear, making Starmer’s job that much easier. After 12 years of government, it is obvious that the good ideas are gone and the good times are gone. Whether this intellectual decline means the party is really over for them remains to be seen.

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Rules for geographically-based intellectual property prepared https://sohamsa.org/rules-for-geographically-based-intellectual-property-prepared/ Fri, 13 May 2022 21:12:00 +0000 https://sohamsa.org/rules-for-geographically-based-intellectual-property-prepared/ The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) has drafted implementing rules and regulations on Geographical Indications (GIs) – which essentially identify a good to a specific locality – with the aim of enhancing the protection of such products in the country. The regulations, drafted by the Trademark Office, aim to ensure the recognition of […]]]>

The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) has drafted implementing rules and regulations on Geographical Indications (GIs) – which essentially identify a good to a specific locality – with the aim of enhancing the protection of such products in the country.

The regulations, drafted by the Trademark Office, aim to ensure the recognition of GIs as “protectable” intellectual property under the law. It will also fulfill the Philippines’ obligation as a member of the World Trade Organization to provide reciprocal rights and GI protection to other members.

In a recent statement, IPOPHL said the draft defines GI “any indication that identifies a product as originating in a territory, region or locality, where a quality, reputation or other given characteristic of the product is essentially attributable to its geographical origin and/or human factors.

Competitive advantage

IPOPHL, citing the draft, said it is important to protect GIs as they are vital for the competitive advantage of local and indigenous products. The protection of a GI is not subject to a certain period and will remain valid until its registration is cancelled.

Under the draft, registrants will have the right to prevent their products from being misused by other stakeholders, such as a misrepresentation that the good actually originates from elsewhere, among other cases. In the Philippines, GIs are protected under the trademarks section of the Intellectual Property Code of 1997. The famous Guimaras mangoes and Tau Sebu “T’nalak”, registered as collective marks, are identified as potential GIs .

Multiple products

Other possible examples are Bicol Pili, Davao Pomelo, Cordillera Heirloom Rice; Camiguin “Lanzones”; Davao Cocoa; Kalinga Coffee; Antique Bagtason Loom; Aurora’s sabutan; Basey Banig of Samar; the Yakan fabric from Basilan and Zamboanga; and, more recently, Beef Masbate and Strawberry Baguio.

“We hope that we can finalize and implement the [regulations] soon so that we can make our unique and high quality Filipino products more attractive. Supporting these products to get the global exposure they deserve will make a tangible difference in the lives of our farmers, weavers and all who make up our GI landscape,” said Managing Director Rowel Barba.

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Treasury Department Issues General License Authorizing Certain Patent, Trademark, and Copyright Transactions | McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP https://sohamsa.org/treasury-department-issues-general-license-authorizing-certain-patent-trademark-and-copyright-transactions-mcdonnell-boehnen-hulbert-berghoff-llp/ Wed, 11 May 2022 21:40:39 +0000 https://sohamsa.org/treasury-department-issues-general-license-authorizing-certain-patent-trademark-and-copyright-transactions-mcdonnell-boehnen-hulbert-berghoff-llp/ On March 2, 2022, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) issued General License No. importation, and purchase or receive permits, licenses, registrations or certifications” for a limited period when such activities relate to transactions involving the Central Bank of the Russian Federation (“Bank of Russia”) and to the extent […]]]>

On March 2, 2022, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) issued General License No. importation, and purchase or receive permits, licenses, registrations or certifications” for a limited period when such activities relate to transactions involving the Central Bank of the Russian Federation (“Bank of Russia”) and to the extent that such activities would otherwise be prohibited by Directive 4 under Executive Order (EO) 14024 (to see “The Treasury Department allows transactions involving the Bank of Russia until June 24, 2022”). According to General License No. 13, transactions that “are usually incidental and necessary to the day-to-day operations of such persons in the Russian Federation” were permitted “until 12:01 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on June 24 2022”.

OFAC Directive 4, which was issued on February 2, 2022, states that “The Director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control has determined, in consultation with the State Department, that the Central Bank of the Russian Federation , the National Wealth Fund of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation are political subdivisions, agencies or bodies of the government of the Russian Federation.” Accordingly, the directive states that:

[T]The following activities of a U.S. Person are prohibited except to the extent required by law, or unless licensed or otherwise authorized by the Office of Foreign Assets Control:

any transaction involving the Central Bank of the Russian Federation, the National Wealth Fund of the Russian Federation or the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation, including any transfer of assets to these entities or any foreign exchange transaction for or on behalf of these entities.

The directive also prohibits the following:

(1) any transaction that evades or avoids, is intended to evade or avoid, violates or attempts to violate any of the prohibitions in this guideline; and (2) any conspiracy formed to violate any of the prohibitions in this guideline.

In a USPTO email alert distributed to stakeholders and posted on the Office’s website last week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office noted that OFAC has released the General License No. 31, which, according to the USPTO, “authorizes certain intellectual property transactions in Russia, including the filing and prosecution of any application for a patent, trademark or right copyright, as well as renewal and maintenance fees.” The Agency also noted that any questions regarding General License No. 31 should be directed to OFAC at OFAC_Feedback@treasury.gov.

General License No. 31 provides that the following transactions related to the protection of intellectual property in the United States or the Russian Federation — which would otherwise be prohibited under Russia’s Harmful Foreign Activity Sanctions Regulations, 31 CFR Part 587 — are permitted (except as provided in Part (b) of the General License):

(1) The filing and prosecution of any application for a patent, trademark, copyright or any other form of intellectual property protection;

(2) Receipt of patent, trademark, copyright or other form of intellectual property protection;

(3) The renewal or maintenance of any patent, trademark, copyright or other form of intellectual property protection; and

(4) The filing and prosecution of any opposition or infringement proceedings with respect to a patent, trademark, copyright or other form of property protection intellectual property, or the introduction of a defense in such proceedings.

Part (b) of General License No. 31 does not do not to allow:

(1) Opening or maintaining a correspondent account or transit account for or on behalf of foreign financial institutions determined to be subject to the prohibitions of Directive 2 under Executive Order (EO) 14024 , Correspondent or transit prohibitions Accounts and transaction processing involving certain foreign financial institutions;

(2) Any debit to an account in the books of a US financial institution of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation, the National Wealth Fund of the Russian Federation, or the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation; or

(3) Any transaction prohibited by EO 14066 or EO 14068.

According to Treasury Department Directive 2 under Executive Order (EO) 14024, the prohibitions in this directive “apply only to the establishment or maintenance by a U.S. financial institution of a correspondent account or transit account for or on behalf of, or processing a transaction involving a foreign financial institution.” A copy of Executive Order 14066, titled “Prohibition of Certain Imports and New Investments as Part of the Russian Federation’s Continued Efforts to Undermine Ukraine’s Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity,” can be viewed here. A copy of Executive Order 14068, titled “Prohibiting Certain Imports, Exports, and New Investments with Respect to Continued Aggression by the Russian Federation,” can be viewed here.

In its Daily News email last Friday, the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) noted that General License No. 31 “clarifies previously issued General License No. 13, which did not determine whether these payments constituted “authorized payments for registrations, certifications and licenses”. to conduct day-to-day operations” or were prohibited by Russia’s Harmful Foreign Activities Sanctions Regulations.”

For more information on this and other related topics, please see:

• “The Treasury Department allows transactions involving the Bank of Russia until June 24, 2022”, April 10, 2022
• “USPTO News Briefs”, April 4, 2022
• “USPTO Provides Guidance Regarding Relations with Rospatent”, March 22, 2022
• “Georgian and Estonian patent offices join other IP offices in expressing support for Ukraine”, March 13, 2022
• “Several law firms are closing offices in Russia”, March 13, 2022
• “Russia Allows Uncompensated Use of Certain Patents Without Consent of Patent Holder”, March 11, 2022
• “Lithuanian Patent Office and EUIPO join other patent offices in expressing support for Ukraine”, March 10, 2022
• “USPTO Terminates PPH with Rospatent and Terminates Engagement with NCIP,” March 10, 2022
• “Life sciences business leaders call for immediate and complete economic disengagement from Russia”, March 9, 2022
• “PRH joins other patent offices in expressing support for Ukraine”, March 9, 2022
• “USPTO Ends Engagement with Rospatent and EAPO”, March 7, 2022
• “Ukrpatent continues normal operations despite Russian aggression”, March 6, 2022

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Intellectuals urge getting rid of the colonial system to develop the country https://sohamsa.org/intellectuals-urge-getting-rid-of-the-colonial-system-to-develop-the-country/ Tue, 10 May 2022 01:00:00 +0000 https://sohamsa.org/intellectuals-urge-getting-rid-of-the-colonial-system-to-develop-the-country/ LAHORE: Intellectuals and opinion leaders at a book launch ceremony stressed the need to revamp the basic colonial capitalist system on which the country has been run for the past seven decades despite acceding to the independence in 1947, suffering from a sharp decline in the moral, social and political values ​​prevailing in society. They […]]]>

LAHORE: Intellectuals and opinion leaders at a book launch ceremony stressed the need to revamp the basic colonial capitalist system on which the country has been run for the past seven decades despite acceding to the independence in 1947, suffering from a sharp decline in the moral, social and political values ​​prevailing in society.

They warned that the lack of sincere leadership was a direct result of the decadent moral and social values ​​of Pakistani society which can only be changed if the Islamic system based on the Quran and Sunnah is applied instead of the capitalist system, legacy British colonizers. They were talking at the book launch “Ham Abhi Manzil Sey Buhat Door Hein” by Masroor Akhtar Qureshi, a mechanical engineer.

This book was the seventh book in a series he has written over the past few years highlighting social and moral ills in society and ways to change them. He also wrote nearly 25 books outlining problems in various railroad departments and how to solve them.

Former Federal Minister, Researcher, Author of several books and President of Pakistan Jago Tehrik, Qayyum Nizami was the main guest while other speakers included Poet and Author Nazir Qaiser, Director of Jamia Naeemia Allama Raghib Naeemi, Senior Journalists Nasir Sherazi and Anees Ahmad, social worker Abida Qaiser and others. GA Sabri, chairman of Tehzibul Akhlaq Trust, which runs several free vocational training institutions, was also present.

Qayyum Nizami lamented that the country is still operating under the colonialist system designed for slaves which is why the nation behaves like mental slaves. He cited the vision of founding fathers of Pakistan including Allama Iqbal, Quaid Azam, etc. and said that the roots of all crises are found in the judicial, bureaucratic and age-old ruling system of British settlers.

Masroor Akhtar Qureshi also presented his two recently launched books titled “A Nation’s Character Building” and “Global and Pakistan’s Poverty Alleviation Program”, saying the former focuses on building the character of the nation, especially the youth. It includes 54 Quranic verses and their translations giving basic principles of sound character. He cited the nuclear program of the father of the country, Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, who had praised one of his previous books “Akhlaqi Aqdar and Tameer-e-Shakhsiyat” and wrote a newspaper column on its content, calling it an essential part of school/university curricula.

MA Qureshi said that the second part of the book (Ham Abhi Manzil Sey Buhat Door Hein) understands the reasons behind the destruction of Pakistan Railways, once a gold mine for the country, but some DMG group bureaucrats made him suffer huge losses.

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The world needs a 12-step program for better trade https://sohamsa.org/the-world-needs-a-12-step-program-for-better-trade/ Sun, 08 May 2022 13:38:34 +0000 https://sohamsa.org/the-world-needs-a-12-step-program-for-better-trade/ Today, the global trading system looks more and more like a failed 12-step program. The first step is to admit that there is a problem. Unfortunately, few actors seem willing to say so. The rare exception is US Trade Representative Katherine Tai, who just days ago called for an end to willful blindness to the […]]]>

Today, the global trading system looks more and more like a failed 12-step program. The first step is to admit that there is a problem. Unfortunately, few actors seem willing to say so. The rare exception is US Trade Representative Katherine Tai, who just days ago called for an end to willful blindness to the failings of the current global trade paradigm.

“We can’t just go back to the world in 2015 and pretend these things didn’t happen,” she said during an appearance at an innovation conference in Munich.

She was referring to populist responses – including Brexit and the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States in 2016 – to the globalization of the status quo and the liberalization of trade. But she also had in mind supply chain resilience issues and the differing political values ​​exemplified by both the pandemic and the war in Ukraine.

“I think a number of things have happened,” Tai said, “that make me wonder if this vision of globalization leading us to a better and safer world has run its course and if we don’t ‘t need a course correction to pass us forward.

Let’s be clear: neither Tai nor the Biden administration in general is channeling a “make America great again” vibe here. Indeed, Biden called MAGA supporters the most dangerous political faction in the United States last week in response to the leaked Supreme Court text on abortion rights.

But the United States is openly say what politicians and the public in many countries silently think: the World Trade Organization is broken; the liberalization of world trade for itself has reached a limit; and a new balance must be struck between international trade and domestic politics.

If you look beyond the rhetoric, this truth is at the heart of nearly every great business story of the moment. Consider that more than two years into the pandemic, and a year after the White House announced support for a so-called Trips intellectual property waiver on Covid-19 vaccines, the world is still waiting for a text. agreed , not to mention the resources, that would allow poor countries to start bypassing intellectual property barriers to create their own vaccines.

Part of it is pharmaceutical lobbying on both sides of the Atlantic, and part of it is the spaghetti bowl of international intellectual property interests. The WTO secretariat is trying to push through an agreement (which some believe won’t change anything) before the 12th ministerial conference scheduled for June. But the virus — and politics — are moving too fast. Even if the WTO were able to orchestrate a meaningful agreement on a waiver, the virus itself is likely to have mutated before the world could receive updated vaccines.

All of this underscores the need for a new, better and faster way to resolve trade disputes – every country wants reform of the WTO but, of course, on different issues – particularly in relation to intellectual property, where the vast majority of the world’s wealth resides.

Some of the most contentious transatlantic issues regarding digital trade, data protection, patents and other types of intellectual property rights were to be resolved by the United States-European Union Trade and Technology Council, which will meet in Paris in a week. Since the United States and Europe have important but different horses in the race for the Internet of Things (American technology platforms against European industrial companies), the TTC was supposed to be a place to start determining who gets what part of the digital wealth pie in the future.

But the TTC’s own bandwidth is now devoted to the fallout from the war in Ukraine and what the United States and Europe should do to build more resilience in supply and energy chains.

We can expect much of the conversation to be spent discussing what additional sanctions or export controls should be imposed on Russia, how to decouple crucial supply chains from the region and how to proceed with the production of alternative energy. Plans for our digital future will be subsumed by emergency measures on the ongoing war.

Meanwhile, in the United States, wrangling continues over the merger of the House Competition Act and the Senate Innovation and Competition Act, both of which aim to improve the resilience of industrial commons in the wake of the pandemic. Semiconductor subsidies aside, the Senate bill is neoliberal business as usual. The Chamber, on the other hand, emphasizes rebuilding domestic manufacturing, while focusing more on the environment and labor standards.

All of this comes as the White House is under pressure to rethink Trump-era tariffs on China.

To use another 12-step metaphor, it would be nice if all disputes could simply be turned over to a higher power. But that’s the problem — there’s not one (including the WTO) that has proven itself capable of handling the collapse of the global trade paradigm.

Indeed, we are still struggling with the first step – recognizing the problem. As Tai puts it, Globalization 2.0 must “consider more than just efficiency” and not simply encourage the free movement of capital and trade liberalization as an end in itself.

The problem is how and where to negotiate the shape of our new post-neoliberal era.

rana.foroohar@ft.com

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What Companies Need to Know: CFIUS Review Required Before Initiating IP Transactions with Foreign Companies | Houston Harbaugh, CP https://sohamsa.org/what-companies-need-to-know-cfius-review-required-before-initiating-ip-transactions-with-foreign-companies-houston-harbaugh-cp/ Fri, 06 May 2022 13:30:39 +0000 https://sohamsa.org/what-companies-need-to-know-cfius-review-required-before-initiating-ip-transactions-with-foreign-companies-houston-harbaugh-cp/ On August 13, 2018, President Trump signed into law the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA), which expanded the oversight scope of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). 31 CFR § 801.205. This was a direct reaction to the increasing globalization of the world we live in, which has created […]]]>

On August 13, 2018, President Trump signed into law the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA), which expanded the oversight scope of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). 31 CFR § 801.205. This was a direct reaction to the increasing globalization of the world we live in, which has created the opportunity for foreign state actors to acquire American intellectual property (IP) under the guise of mundane research behavior. profit. .

As developing nations – like China – strive for the level of economic and military dominance achieved by the United States, they engage in economic and intellectual espionage through traditional commercial means. or others. Recently, foreign nationals allegedly employed by U.S. academic institutions have stolen U.S. government-funded research and patented it overseas, and foreign states have used cyberattacks to acquire confidential U.S. corporate data for a myriad of uses abroad. By expanding the scope of CFIUS, the government has simply responded to what is arguably a viable threat to national security.

What is CFIUS?

CFIUS was first established by Executive Order of President Gerald Ford to review and study foreign direct investment in the United States. Its power was heightened in the 1980s in its ability to reject deals on national security grounds, when Fairchild Semiconductor sought to be sold to Japanese firm Fujitsu and was denied by CFIUS. Even before FIRRMA, CFIUS maintained a mandate to force divestment by US companies when it finds that foreign direct investment increases US national security risks. This was evident in the stalled acquisition of US semiconductor company Qualcomm by Singaporean chipmaker Broadcom in 2018.

Further, prior to FIRRMA, the scope of CFIUS was limited to reviewing investments in which the foreign entity would obtain majority voting rights or a controlling interest in US corporations. Today, the scope of CFIUS has extended even to non-controlling interests, certain real estate transactions, and other transactions that appear to indicate an attempt to circumvent CFIUS review.

What does FIRRMA mean for companies

What this development means for American companies is that mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, trade secrets and other intellectual property transactions – even in bankruptcy court – could have national security implications if foreign entities are involved and require additional legal review by the companies involved. Government contractors aren’t the only companies that need to be vigilant about this issue. Many technology and manufacturing companies possess trade secrets and intellectual property that are best for CFIUS to keep out of the hands of foreign states. Importantly, companies cannot assume that a company is not foreign because of a US address or “principal place of business”. A lawyer should assess the transaction to see if there are foreign ties to companies outside the United States

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John Boehner Accused of Stealing Cannabis Group Intellectual Property https://sohamsa.org/john-boehner-accused-of-stealing-cannabis-group-intellectual-property/ Wed, 04 May 2022 15:40:59 +0000 https://sohamsa.org/john-boehner-accused-of-stealing-cannabis-group-intellectual-property/ Former US House Speaker turned cannabis industry lobbyist John Boehner is accused in a lawsuit of stealing data and talking points from another cannabis advocacy company before back out of a deal to join the group, according to a New York Post report. Boehner had signed a deal to become co-chair of Campaign 10 in […]]]>

Former US House Speaker turned cannabis industry lobbyist John Boehner is accused in a lawsuit of stealing data and talking points from another cannabis advocacy company before back out of a deal to join the group, according to a New York Post report. Boehner had signed a deal to become co-chair of Campaign 10 in 2018, but the following year launched his own group – the National Roundtable on Cannabis – and Campaign 10 alleges that Boehner “repackaged” the talking points of the group like his.

“Boehner served to legitimize the industry…and paved the way for other politicians, elected officials and influencers to come to the table after years of opposing cannabis legislation. And he did it by intentionally deceiving [10 Campaign Co-Founder James] Pericola.

In April 2018, Boehner said his “thinking has evolved” on cannabis despite his opposition to reforms in Congress. In 1999, two years before he led the lower house, he voted against a bill to implement a voter-approved medical cannabis program in Washington, D.C. In 2004, Boehner, a Republican, received a score of 0% by the National Organization for Marijuana Law Reform, indicating an “anti-legalization stance.” Two years later he was rated -30 by the rights organization – indicating a ‘drug-hard’ stance. A -30 is the lowest score a legislator can receive.

The lawsuit argues that in 2018, Pericola approached Boehner aides and Squire Patton Boggs after Attorney General Jeff Sessions overturned the Cole memorandum and Pericola viewed the former speaker as the right man to normalize cannabis — with his cigar habit and conservative base. Pericola then sent exclusive documents to Boehner and the two parties signed nondisclosure agreements. The lawsuit alleges that Boehner used these documents to launch the National Cannabis Roundtable.

“I didn’t take this decision lightly and realize that we are facing Goliath, but the truth matters and we look forward to our day in court.” – Pericola at the post office

The lawsuit argues that Boehner, who joined Acreage Holdings’ board of directors in 2018, lived the “high life” and made millions from fees associated with his cannabis transactions, although the extent of his cannabis-related income is unclear.

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The Importance of Community for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities – Shaw Local https://sohamsa.org/the-importance-of-community-for-adults-with-intellectual-and-developmental-disabilities-shaw-local/ Mon, 02 May 2022 14:43:49 +0000 https://sohamsa.org/the-importance-of-community-for-adults-with-intellectual-and-developmental-disabilities-shaw-local/ Friends, job, activities, growth, home. All words used to describe Clearbrook. Clearbrook works tirelessly to ensure that those in her care live their full lives. Clearbrook cares for an individual throughout their life through a multi-faceted approach. This is accomplished through clinical services including speech therapy, physical, behavioral and occupational therapy, residential care, community day […]]]>

Friends, job, activities, growth, home. All words used to describe Clearbrook. Clearbrook works tirelessly to ensure that those in her care live their full lives. Clearbrook cares for an individual throughout their life through a multi-faceted approach. This is accomplished through clinical services including speech therapy, physical, behavioral and occupational therapy, residential care, community day services, employment services, home services, and more. The goal is to help them be as independent as possible in their homes and communities. Therefore, community integration is essential and the relationships established between peers and with staff are similar to those of a family.

“We can’t imagine where our family would be without Clearbrook. Clearbrook welcomed Susie into a warm and thriving community, provided her with structure and purpose, and established a loving “second family” of friends in her group home. They constantly go above and beyond in their efforts to improve the lives of Clearbrook customers. – Sibling of an individual from Clearbrook

Clearbrook supports the interests of an individual. Volunteer opportunities, daily activities, community outings and more are tailored to their unique wants and needs.

“Clearbrook has provided a safe environment for our son. He became more independent during his career at Clearbrook. He enjoys interacting with his peers and has a much fuller life than he would have at home. At home, he was not interested in gardening. In Clearbrook, he takes care of his garden every day. – Parent of a Clearbrook resident

Taylor and Zak, two people who attend CHOICE McHenry County in Crystal Lake, love participating in the program because of the friends they can see and the activities they can do. The program encourages self-discovery, personalized services, daily access to community, and opportunities to pursue personal goals, enabling individuals to realize their potential.

For more information about Clearbrook services in McHenry County, visit www.clearbrook.org/west.

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US removes Saudi Arabia from list of intellectual property protection issues (trade rep report) https://sohamsa.org/us-removes-saudi-arabia-from-list-of-intellectual-property-protection-issues-trade-rep-report/ Sat, 30 Apr 2022 20:59:00 +0000 https://sohamsa.org/us-removes-saudi-arabia-from-list-of-intellectual-property-protection-issues-trade-rep-report/ DUBAI: When Anisha Oberoi was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer ten years ago, it prompted her to reevaluate everything in her life. She received treatment, kept a great job at Amazon, and moved to Dubai. But that did not meet his ambition. “I was subjected to hormone treatments after surgery and started to feel quite […]]]>

DUBAI: When Anisha Oberoi was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer ten years ago, it prompted her to reevaluate everything in her life. She received treatment, kept a great job at Amazon, and moved to Dubai. But that did not meet his ambition.

“I was subjected to hormone treatments after surgery and started to feel quite hopeless that I couldn’t find clean, toxin-free alternatives to beauty products widely available to consumers,” Oberoi said. founder and CEO of Secret Skin.

“The more I learned about hormone disruptors and carcinogens in conventional, mass-produced personal care, the more I realized how important it was to do something about it when I was ready, creating a brand founded about confidence in the space of beauty and well-being.”

This motivated her to create a beauty e-commerce startup called Secret Skin. The award-winning startup was dedicated to sustainable products that respect the body and the earth.

For Oberoi, Secret Skin has become a personal story in many ways.

Secret Skin launched online in October 2020 as a discovery platform that connects conscious consumers with conscious beauty brands around the world. (Provided)

Secret Skin launched online in October 2020 as a discovery platform that connects conscious consumers with conscious beauty brands around the world, but is built differently from a traditional beauty business model.

It is based on a triple bottom line framework that focuses on social and environmental impact – not just profit.

Within six months of its launch, Secret Skin won the Women in Tech 2021 Global Pitch competition organized by the Sharjah Research Technology & Innovation Park.

Not just on edge

The e-commerce startup saw 66% monthly growth in its customer base, with an average shopping cart of 2.2 items per order. A startling 40% of customers were repeat users with no cancellations or returns in six months of operation.

The plastic recycling program incentivized customers to adopt eco-friendly behavior, resulting in 60% user conversion on first interaction (within two days).

“The market for clean or conscious beauty is not saturated, but nascent here in the Middle East, while it has passed its peak in other markets like the US and UK where the movement has started much earlier,” Oberoi explained.

“We are the fastest growing own-brand platform with five new brands and categories added every month to meet consumer needs. As an agile startup, we are able to make quick decisions to pivot when the value proposition needs improvement,” she explained.

Typically, the act of buying a clean beauty product was laborious, expensive, and time-consuming.

Typically, a customer would have to wait three weeks to receive a product ordered outside the UAE, paying between 55-80% overage in shipping and customs charges. There was no local customer service and the experience was badly affected.

“I had to engage with brand founders on Instagram and LinkedIn, doing zoom calls during the pandemic to convince them to be part of our mission, when I didn’t even have a site to show them,” said admitted Oberoi.

“We launched with same-day delivery, locally fulfilled with legally registered brands from around the world at competitive prices to build customer confidence,” she added.

Secret Skin has now been operational for 17 months since its launch in October 2020. The startup has seen early gains in terms of customer acquisition and penetration for brands brought to market.

The company’s repeat purchase rate averages 48%, with sales growing 28% quarter over quarter. Customers spend an average of $126 on orders, which is comparable to the region’s most popular and established beauty e-commerce platforms, according to Oberoi.

“We see this as a sign that customer behavior is shifting towards a demand for more sustainable brands with organic or natural ingredients,” Anisha said.

Oberoi has now started looking beyond the borders of the United Arab Emirates to sell its products and it has finally done so.

Growing influence

In 2021, Secret Skin began shipping to Oman and Kuwait, and this year will begin shipping to Saudi Arabia, including expanding physical distribution for their exclusive brands.

“Southeast Asia is on the roadmap for 2023, as well as a private label that we are currently working on,” Oberoi said.

“I am very excited about our AI-enabled application and other technology interfaces that will enhance our customer value proposition. Capturing, analyzing and predicting user preferences through AI with trained experts in efficiency, performance and personalized recommendations is the future, and we are preparing for it,” she said.

Its dedication to sustainability resonates with conscious customers in the Middle East. The beauty industry generates up to 120 billion units of plastic worldwide per year, contributing to the loss of 18 million acres of forest per year – which is just one of the problems it faces. is faced (others being carbon production, water waste and energy consumption).

“We must increase visibility and diversity in the beauty community and address the critical issues that can affect climate change, water scarcity, species extinction and deforestation if we have any hope of protecting our natural resources for future generations,” Oberoi said.

“On Secret Skin, with just one click, the customer can support sustainable small businesses, provide micro-savings to
indigenous tribes who harvest the ingredients in their products from the wild and reduce their carbon footprint.

In beauty and personal care, sustainability means recyclable packaging, reduced use of single-use plastics, consciously selected ingredients, safe-to-use components, and space-saving production from start to finish. For example, companies are redesigning products to include less water in their composition and reducing synthetic ingredients to address specific issues, but these are small steps.

“We need scalable solutions that can be applied to larger global models,” Oberoi said. “We now stand on the precipice between catastrophe and conscience as we fight the pandemic, and are accountable for how we conserve and protect the environment in which we live.”

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