Author: Horizons

Technology disruptions are advancing across all industry sectors, and the legal profession is no exception. Are lawyers being assisted or replaced?

“Legal innovation has lagged compared with other industries.” So says Mark A. Cohen in his 1,300-word opinion piece about the convergence of law and tech penned for Forbes.com (‘Legal Innovation’ Is Not An Oxymoron — It's Farther Along Than You Think). In the article, Cohen sheds light on a wave of artificial intelligence (AI) and…

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A refresher on the Chinese fapiao 发票 (receipt, invoice) — what you need to know

With important policy implementations recently being made by China’s State Administration of Taxation regarding China VAT general invoices, we felt it would be appropriate to offer a Chinese fapio (发票) refresher post — or more accurately, provide a few links to posts explaining the fapio system. The Chinese fapio is a legal receipt that serves as proof…

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Cybersecurity, data protection and enhanced cross-border cooperation: CONSULEGIS Spring Conference 2017 wrap-up

Recently, a group of Horizons professionals represented the firm at the CONSULEGIS Spring Conference held in Amsterdam 11-14 May. CONSULEGIS is an international network of independent law firms, in-house lawyers and related professional advisors founded in 1990. The group includes members from 45 countries and 150 cities worldwide. Among several hot-topic issues addressed at the…

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China’s Belt & Road Initiative: the Chinese Century moves forward, and Horizons plans to move with it every step of the way

A lot has been said recently about China’s Belt and Road Initiative following May’s Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation held Beijing, wherein Chinese President Xi Jinping addressed 28 heads of state and government on his signature foreign policy project, calling it the “project of the century.” How the initiative plays out remains to…

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Acquired distinctiveness of trademarks in China

Trademark distinctiveness is an important concept of Chinese Law governing trademarks and service marks. In its Spring newsletter, CONSULEGIS Intellectual Property, Entertainment Law and Information Technology group presents an abbreviated overview of various jurisdictions’ legal views on the topic of  ‘distinctiveness of trademarks acquired through use’. Among the contributors writing on the topic include Horizons trademark and IP specialist,…

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