Crossing Borders - 10th edition

The Rise Of The Courts

European Commission’s draft Geo-Blocking Regulation fails to clear the way

The European Commission’s proposed Geo-Blocking Regulation fails to address some of the key e-commerce concerns the Commission had previously identified.

21 June 2016
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No ‘online platform’ EU regulation (for now), but general e-commerce rules will apply

European Commission refrains from imposing regulations specifically targeting online platforms, for now. General EU e-commerce rules will however apply.

20 June 2016
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European Commission findings on geo-blocking in EU e-commerce sector – implications for businesses

European Commission finds widespread geo-blocking practices in the EU e-commerce sector. We discuss the story so far and what businesses can expect.

21 April 2016
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The Digital Single Market Strategy – what comes next?

We consider EU legislative developments resulting from the Digital Single Market Strategy, and possible implications for businesses.

21 April 2016
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Claimants ask CAT to check out Tesco’s restrictive covenant via fast-track procedure

Owners of land burdened by restrictive covenant prohibiting the sale of grocery items ask CAT to award damages and declare the covenant unenforceable.

26 February 2016
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The new EU Trade Mark - Updated Guidance from OHIM

Getting ready for the new EU Trade Mark regime in force from 23 March 2016: actions that brand owners should be considering now.

17 February 2016
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French Competition Authority abandons Nintendo pricing policy proceedings

FCA abandons proceedings against Nintendo for RPM in the French video games sector.

10 December 2015
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German Minister of Economics reviews FCO’s objections against proposed merger of retail chains EDEKA and Tengelmann

The German Minister of Economics reviews the FCO’s objections to EDEKA’s proposed acquisition of Tengelmann and is to issue his final decision shortly.

03 December 2015
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European Commission approves Coca-Cola bottling transaction

Drinks all round – European Commission gives green light to merger of European Coca-Cola bottlers.

11 November 2015
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European Director-General for Competition on the digital sector and the drive for an EU-wide Digital Single Market

Director-General for Competition gives first speech on competition challenges facing the digital sector and the drive for an EU Digital Single Market.

EU trade mark reform on the horizon

An edited version of this article appeared in Intellectual Property Magazine's June 2015 issue. Shortly after publication, the agreed texts of the re-cast Trade Marks Directive and new...

23 June 2015
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European Commission launches e-commerce sector inquiry

The European Commission has launched a sector inquiry into barriers to cross-border e-commerce focussing on electronics, clothing and digital content.

07 May 2015
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