Data Protection and Privacy

EU-US Privacy Shield: an end to uncertainty?

Intellectual Property

EU-US Privacy Shield: an end to uncertainty?

The European Commission has formally adopted the EU-US Privacy Shield; however will this provide legal certainty for transatlantic data transfers?

19 July 2016

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 Parliament publishes new General Data Protection Regulation – new law will become enforceable on 25 May 2018

The European Parliament and the European Council published the new General Data Protection Regulation in the Official Journal of the European Union.

09 May 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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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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Finland ratifies the UPC

Finland has become the ninth Member State to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement.

No competition issues raised by companies’ use of big data, according to Competition Commissioner

Margrethe Vestager draws distinction between role of competition law and data protection regulation.

21 January 2016
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Red Tape | Corruption contagion - tip of the iceberg

In high profile cases, the cost of regulatory investigation may just be the beginning of a much longer (and more expensive) story.

13 January 2016
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Red Tape | Website-blocking injunctions to combat the increasing risk of online copyright infringement

We focus on website blocking injunctions, as one measure that has been used or introduced to tackle online copyright infringement.

13 January 2016
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EU Commission: no comment on “fair” prices for patent licences

A European Commission economist has stated that the Commission is not in a position to decide what constitutes a “fair” price for a patent license.

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