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IPS 2022 Mentorship Program

The International Practice Section of the WSBA is proud to begin its annual mentorship program with the start of the new year! We invite all student and attorney members to take part in this opportunity.  Through the IPS Mentorship Program, we offer a great opportunity to network with foreign lawyers and JD, LLM and PhD…

What Could Possibly Go Wrong? – Tips to Resolving Disputes Cross Border

This ninety-minute program will share tips to resolving disputes cross-border, whether as an advocate or mediator, including both practical guidance and a fulsome discussion of applicable Rules of Professional Conduct, including: ·         Competence (RPC 1.1) ·         Confidentiality (RPC 1.6) and Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product: Limitations on Waiver (ER 502) ·         Conflicts of Interest (RPC 1.7-1.9) ·         Lawyers Serving…

Marching in Place: How Positive Changes in U.S. Immigration Policy Under a New President Have Been Offset by Pandemic-driven Problems and Precautions

This CLE provides a review of changes in business immigration policy and adjudicatory practices under the Biden administration. It also examines implications for lawful permanent residents (green card holders) who travel abroad, who have been stuck abroad, or who decide to live and work abroad. The lecture covers tactical considerations for foreign nationals and their…

Event Report: IPS 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting and Social Hour

On September 29, 2021, the annual meeting of the WSBA International Practice Section (IPS) took place via Zoom.  Washington Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu spoke on the topic of “How the Pandemic and the Call for Racial Justice Has Impacted the Practice of Law in the State of Washington” and shared her comments through a…

IPS 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting and Social Hour

Please join us for the Annual General Meeting (“AGM”) of the WSBA International Practice Section (“IPS”) on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at 4:00 pm via online. Attendance details are provided below. Minutes from the 2020 AGM are available from this link.   Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 857 8385 3378 Passcode: 389134 Dial by your location: +1 253 215…

Corporate Liability Under the Alien Tort Statute: Developments under Nestlé v. Doe and Cargill v. Doe

The Alien Tort Statute (ATS) allows federal courts to hear lawsuits filed by foreign nationals for torts committed in violation of international law. The 2021 U.S. Supreme Court cases of Nestlé v. Doe and Cargill v. Doe consider whether suits under the ATS are permissible against these U.S. corporations that allegedly aided and abetted in perpetration of child slavery on…

Waiving Intellectual Property Protections under TRIPS for COVID-19 Vaccines

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to adversely affect the world’s population, particularly in less developed countries where access to COVID-19 vaccines remains a challenge. In response, last fall, India and South Africa proposed a wide-ranging waiver of intellectual property protections relating to COVID-19 innovations under the multilateral Agreement for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS)….

Overview of 2021 Amendments to China’s Patent Law

China overhauled its Patent Law in October 2020. The new rules, which took effect on June 1, 2021, cover designs, inventions made for hire, abuse of patent rights, patentability, term adjustment, licensing, enforcement, and pharmaceutical patent linkage.  Please join us for a presentation regarding these changes by Mr. Kenny Ko, who is a Patent Attorney…

Event Report: IPS 2020 Annual Meeting and New Committee Members

The WSBA International Practice Section held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on September 24, 2020. Due to the ongoing pandemic, this year’s AGM took place entirely online. About 40 lawyers and law students participated in the virtual meeting. Outgoing Chair Leonid Kisselev reported on IPS activities for 2019-2020, including IPS mini-CLEs, mentorship program and happy…