New regulation on foreign investment in Venezuela
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 4:00 pm | By Andrea Rondón García*

Within the context of the Legislative Powers granted to President Maduro, 41 law decrees have been issued in 2014. This has occurred on a consistent basis for more than a decade. Evidence thereof can be found by looking into the statistics over the years: with the Legislative Powers granted in 1999, 50 law decrees were issued; in 2000, 51 law decrees; in 2007, 63 law decrees and in 2010, 54 law decrees (See “Proyecto de Ley Habilitante. Instrumento para lucha de corrupción? O mayor represión a las libertades económicas?”Promoción del Diálogo Democrático a través del Análisis Legislativo Económico. CEDICE-CIPE Octubre 2013. Consulted on  

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Plain Packaging Is Violating IP and Is Making Public Health Worse
Monday, December 15, 2014 3:15 am | By Alexander Hendrie

In 2012, the Australian government enacted a controversial plain packaging law that forcibly removed tobacco company’s logos from packaging in place of a large and graphic health warning.

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WTO Sides with Property Rights in Preliminary Plain Packaging Hearing
Friday, November 21, 2014 6:23 am | By Alexander Hendrie

Last week’s World Trade Organization (WTO) plain packaging ruling is a crucial victory for advocates of property rights in the battle to protect intellectual property of brands across the world. The Dominican Republic, together with Honduras, Ukraine, Cuba, and Indonesia have raised concerns that these policies unfairly violate international trade norms and discriminate against intellectual property rights.


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