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In the fifth episode of the series, partner Eva-Maria Strobel and senior associate Tiffany Conley from our IP and data and technology practice discuss green trademarks in green innovation, the options for protection, and the challenges of green trademarks registration. They examine the issues surrounding the revocation of registered trademarks, and highlight the trends and developments from both a European and Asia Pacific lens.

The newly revised Shanghai Labor Union Regulations came into effect on 1 June 2022. The recent round of revisions to the Regulations place emphasis on the democratic management of companies, though the revisions are stated in the form of general principles and provide little concrete guidance. The added provisions regarding gig workers are in line with recent national guidance over the past couple of years focusing on the rights and interests of gig workers. Companies with a labor union should pay particular attention to the obligation to notify the union of their unilateral termination of employment contracts.

The Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment in South Africa has published a notice excluding the development and expansion of solar photovoltaic facilities, including any associated activity or infrastructure from the requirement to obtain environmental authorization in terms of the National Environmental Management Act. Members of the public have 30 days from the date of publication (8 September 2022) to submit comments on the draft notice. The proposed exclusion for solar photovoltaic facilities presents opportunities for independent, small-scale power producers and is considered to be a step forward for the government in terms of its commitment to energy transition and to securing a reliable supply of clean energy in the country.

In the fourth episode of the series, partner Nathalie Marchand from our Paris office is joined by special counsel Grace Wong from our Hong Kong office to explore differing collaboration trends and entities in green innovation, considerations regarding green innovation agreements, protection of confidentiality of green innovations and tips in navigating potential termination of the collaboration.

Across the world, trade secrets are becoming increasingly important. As companies align workforce transformation, manage supply chain operations and balance the needs of their digital transformation journey, new strategies are required for the identification, protection and enforcement of their most valuable, complex and market-differentiating trade secrets.
In this series of bite-sized videos, hear from Baker McKenzie’s global trade secrets team across disputes, intellectual property, data and technology and employment and compensation on best practices for a strategic, multidisciplinary approach to manage your trade secrets, disputes and risks.
Learn more about our Global Trade Secrets Group and uncover regional trends through the video below:
Best Practices for Maintaining Trade Secrets

Ahead of our participation in COP27 in Sharm El-Sheik, Egypt, in November, we will explore in this webinar how the new mechanisms agreed under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement can play a key role in NDC implementation. Our focus will be on both the opportunities these mechanisms provide and the near-term challenges to accessing these.