Category Archives: Articles

French Insolvency Law – Leaseback Issues

By | July 7, 2011

Pursuant to the Insolvency Act 26 July 2005 and Article L622-17 of the Code de Commerce, debts arising after the date a French company is put into Receivership must be paid by the company’s Receiver. The process of lodging a claim or proof of debt with the competent official of the insolvency proceedings (Liquidator or Creditors’ Representative) is… Read More »

EU’s Smart Specialisation Strategies Platform

By | July 1, 2011

Smart growth in Europe 2020 In the European Commission’s Communication regarding the contribution of the regional policy in the area of smart growth in the Europe 2020 strategy, the central role of European regions in this process is primarily recognised.  In reality, regions are the primary institutional partners for universities, research and education institutes as well as SMEs… Read More »

Service of Process in France from Abroad (Non-EU)

By | June 29, 2011

How to serve international legal documents in France. Hague Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extra-Judicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters. Process Server in France The 15 November 1965 Hague Convention on Service Abroad of Judicial and Extra-Judicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters sets several options for service of process. So does EC Regulation… Read More »

Hope for Better Access to the Courts/Family Code 2003 Revision (Jan. 2011)

By | June 27, 2011

Access to an Attorney and the Real Cost of Self Representation During my 33 years as an attorney practicing Divorce and Family Law in California, I’ve witnessed many changes in the rules controlling how our courts manage these cases. By far, one of the most important family law changes to date concerns getting court orders for attorney fees… Read More »

How To Fight Age Discrimination in the Workplace

By | June 24, 2011

While we all almost universally acknowledge the negative role of discrimination in the workplace, we don’t always admit that discrimination comes in all shapes and sizes. Discrimination is discrimination, no matter how that discrimination takes place. This is a bad thing. Why? Because some people feel victimized without feeling like they have the right to call themselves a… Read More »

Age Discrimination — When It Pays To Know Your Rights

By | June 20, 2011

When many of us think of discrimination, what do our thoughts turn to? We think of racial discrimination, a problem that’s had an obvious and lasting effect on our society. We might think of gender discrimination, which often translates to damaging sexual harassment lawsuits in the workplace. But how many of us think of age discrimination as being… Read More »

Arbitration of Intellectual Property Disputes

By | June 17, 2011

The Supreme Court of New South Wales has added weight to the push towards alternative dispute resolution in a recent decision[1] that found that disputes involving questions of ownership of patents and patent applications do not fall exclusively within the province of the Commissioner of Patents or the Federal Court.

Amendment of the Migration Policy and Visa Regulation

By | June 16, 2011

The current situation The lists of third countries whose nationals should be in possession of a visa when crossing the external borders and those whose nationals are exempt from that requirement have been amended on several occasions.  When introducing or lifting a visa obligation for a third country the current procedure can take several years.  It has become… Read More »

Do You Recognize These Surefire Signs of Age Discrimination?

By | June 13, 2011

For too many people, age discrimination is a mysterious thing. They may feel too old – or too young – and so they easily accept the kind of discrimination they expect from the outside world. But that’s exactly what people who suffer from age discrimination need to fight. So why does it seem so hard to do?

Is My Domain Name a Trademark and Should I File a Trademark Application to Protect It?

By | June 10, 2011

In deciding whether to file a trademark application to protect your domain name, the first step is to determine whether you use your domain name as a trademark.  If your domain name is only used as the Uniform Resource Locator (“URL”) (i.e., http://www.example.com) to indicate an address on the World Wide Web, then you are not using your… Read More »