Crossing Borders - 10th edition

The Rise Of The Courts

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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President of German Federal Cartel Office on the fight against monopolies in online markets

The President of the FCO calls for amendments to Germany’s competition rules to tackle monopolies in online markets.

11 February 2016
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Finland ratifies the UPC

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

French Competition Authority fines Orange €350 million for engaging in anti-competitive practices

French Competition Authority fines Orange €350 million for abuse of its dominant position in the electronic communications services sector.

08 January 2016
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EU Telecoms Council holds policy debate on review of EU telecoms rules

On 11 December 2015, the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council held a policy debate in relation to the review of the EU telecoms rules.

18 December 2015
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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.

Commission announces first raft of legislation under Digital Single Market Strategy

The Commission introduces legislation harmonising copyright law, contracts for digital content and e-commerce in the internal market.

Paris Court of Appeal dismisses a damages claim against Google based on alleged predatory pricing

Paris Court of Appeal rules Google did not engage in predatory pricing by offering its mapping service for free and dismisses a damages claim.

04 December 2015
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Premier League and BT to intervene in European Commission investigation into Hollywood film rights

Commission grants interested parties permission to comment on its investigation into Hollywood film rights distribution issues.

26 November 2015
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CNMC modifies notification process for mergers in regulated sectors

CNMC revises its communication on the merger's notification form creating changes to the notification process for mergers in regulated sectors.

19 November 2015
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