Article 50 has been triggered and the UK will, most likely, leave the EU on 29 March 2019. Now that the countdown has begun, the focus has returned to assessing what Brexit will mean for businesses based, or trading, in the UK. This briefing considers the impact Brexit will have on IP portfolios that include EU-wide rights. The UK government has yet to provide any guidance for IP owners, or IP professionals, and so some of the content of this briefing is, unavoidably, an educated best guess. In addition, much depends on the outcome of the EU/UK exit negotiations.
In the most in-depth version of our annual survey yet, we have analyzed construction costs data from 43 markets around the world to help you gain greater insight into the global construction industry. Our analysis identifies a number of challenges facing the construction industry as we progress through this year, including skills shortages, exchange rate pressures and the need to improve productivity.
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The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved President Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, a critical position tasked with fulfilling the Administration’s trade objectives including a renegotiation of NAFTA and future trade agreements. The administration has had to wait for Lighthizer to be in place before triggering the formal process to begin renegotiating NAFTA though it is not clear the Administration will now immediately begin that process.