* ICC – Guide to International Franchising The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has published a practical guide to help business people understand why, how and when to use franchising to expand into new foreign markets. Check the “Using Franchising to Take Your Business International: ICC Strategies and guidance for master franchising, area development and other arrangements”. ——————————————————————————————————————————————–— * US & Singapore – FATCA Agreement United States and Singapore have initialled the text of an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) to implement the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). Check here for more. ——————————————————————————————————————————————–— * EU & Japan – FTA by 2015 The European Union (EU) and Japan agreed to a one-year review that should lead to the “early conclusion of a highly comprehensive and ambitious” free trade agreement (FTA). Read more here. ——————————————————————————————————————————————–— * US & Israel – Reach FATCA Agreement United States and Israel have concluded the text of an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) to implement the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). See more following the link. ——————————————————————————————————————————————–— * USTR Releases Annual Report on Intellectual Property Rights The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has released its annual “Special 301” Report on the adequacy and effectiveness of U.S. trading partners’ protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR). Find the Press Release here.