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Nathan’s Hayek Explores Gauging Infringement Damages after Samsung v. Apple

Marianne Ley Hayek, a managing economist at Nathan Associates, says an array of economic tools exists to calculate damages when patents for product components are infringed. Litigators may need such analysis more often after the U.S. Supreme Court’s December 6, 2016, ruling in Samsung v. Apple. The ruling, which threw out a lower court’s judgment awarding Apple almost $400 million in damages, could signify the use of a stricter standard for determining damages in design patent infringement cases where the patent applies to a component rather than the entire product ...
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Nathan Study Shows Path to Greater STEM Participation by APEC Women

A Nathan Associates study proposes a detailed framework and recommendations for strengthening educational opportunities for girls and young women in Science, Technology, Education and Math (STEM) and expanding opportunities for women as workers, entrepreneurs, and leaders in STEM fields across the 21 member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum. Since 2014, APEC economies have committed to championing key factors of women’s economic advancement as benchmarked by the Women and the Economy Dashboard. A project of APEC’s Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy (PPWE), the Dashboard uses economic ...
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Kleit Makes Case in Journal for Deregulated Electricity

Nathan Associates affiliate Andrew Kleit, Professor of Energy and Environmental Economics at Pennsylvania State University, argues in the Wall Street Journal for more deregulation of electricity markets. Greater competition through deregulation will bring about lower costs for consumers and a more environmentally friendly and reliable electricity grid, wrote Dr. Kleit, founding chair of the Pennsylvania State University program in Energy and Business Finance. While Dr. Kleit acknowledges that businesses have thus far benefited more than residential consumers from deregulation, he maintains that greater competition is the fastest way to allow ...
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Indian Women’s Work Environments Vary Widely By State

An index gauging the environment for working women in India gives Sikkim the top ranking and Delhi the lowest among states and Union Territories. The index, compiled by Nathan Associates Inc. and the Center for Strategic & International Studies, a Washington, D.C., research institution, examined four criteria: legal restrictions on working hours in three sectors; responsiveness of the justice system to crimes, including harassment, against women on the job and during their commutes; women as a percentage of all workers; and official incentives for female entrepreneurs. Tiny Sikkim in the ...
Haiti Website Eases Trade

Haiti Website Eases Trade

Trade with Haiti has become much simpler and more efficient because of a new government website. The Haiti Trade Information Portal, developed with assistance from Nathan Associates, provides a single access point for up-to-date trade, economic, and regulatory information helpful to potential importers and exporters. The portal is the first of its kind in the Caribbean basin. The World Bank financed the creation of the portal, which aims to lower transaction costs for traders, boost interagency collaboration, and move Haiti toward greater participation in global trade through fuller compliance with ...
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Report Examines Authorized Economic Operator Programs in APEC Region

A report by Nathan Associates provides new insights into the state of Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) programs among member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) forum. The report, Study of APEC Best Practices in Authorized Economic Operator Programs, surveys the customs administrations to determine how the programs, designed to help move goods efficiently yet securely, converge and diverge. The report updates the 2010 APEC AEO Compendium done by APEC’s Policy Support Unit. Seventeen of the 21 member economies have operational AEO programs in varying stages of development. The report ...
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Botswana Boosts Trade Capabilities with Dedicated, Multipurpose Website

May 2 The Botswana Trade Portal has been successfully completed and is now the primary source of information on trading across Botswana’s borders. The portal will contribute to improving the transparency and accountability of transactions, and efficiency of trade. A trade portal is a comprehensive, user-friendly website that includes information from government ministries and agencies about regulations, documentation requirements, duties, fees, taxes, restrictions, and appeals processes in clearing goods at borders. The portal contains Botswana’s first interactive, searchable, and up-to-date customs tariff schedule. Nathan Associates, in partnership with the Botswana ...
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Colombia Signs New Customs Decree Facilitating Trade

April 12, 2016 Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos in March signed a new Customs Decree that will facilitate trade processes and improve economic competitiveness. The decree strengthens protections against risky cargo while facilitating the clearance of items that do not represent risk, increases the use of electronic payments, and promotes voluntary compliance with customs obligations. Nathan Associates has supported the development of the new decree since 2012 through the USAID Free Trade Implementation Activity (FTIA), or Facilitando Comercio, and a predecessor USAID project, the Peru and Andean Trade Capacity Building ...