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THE EU COMMISSION SETS OUT ITS POSITION ON BREXIT NEGOTIATIONS OVER INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS

By: Ruth Hoy and James Tighe On 6 September 2017, the EU Commission published its position paper setting out the main principles that will govern its attitude to Brexit negotiations with the UK on intellectual property (the “Paper”).  The Paper sets out 5 General Principles: Principle 1:  European IP rights should continue to retain comparable … Continue Reading

EU TRADEMARK REFORMS: FURTHER CHANGES APPLYING FROM 1 OCTOBER 2017

By: Karine Disdier-Mikus, Dr. Ulrike Gruebler, and Désirée Fields EU trademark law is currently undergoing the biggest reform in its history. 1 October 2017 marks another important milestone in the implementation of the EU Trademark Reform Package as a further set of very important amendments will come into force. The main areas of change include the … Continue Reading

NEW EU EPRIVACY RULES IN THE MAKING

Internet services, IoT, cookies and more will be significantly impacted. Those who think that the EU General Data Protection Regulation is a lot to contend with are now facing the prospect of a new Regulation replacing the 2002 ePrivacy Directive. A version of the draft Regulation leaked earlier this week indicates a potentially significant impact … Continue Reading

EU: New Obligations for Digital Services Providers and Operators of Essential Services

By Carol Umhoefer, Patrick Van Eecke and Mathilde Hallé First proposed by the European Commission in 2013, the long-awaited draft Directive on Network Information Security (the NIS Directive) was agreed upon by the European Parliament and the Council in December 2015.1 In line with the EU’s broader Cyber Security Strategy, 2 the NIS Directive is a … Continue Reading

Brexit News: What next for European trade mark protection in the light of the UK referendum result?

By Ruth Hoy With the overnight referendum result in the UK, and the UK voting to leave the EU, a number of our clients are asking what the effect will be on their European Union Trade Mark (“EUTM”) Registrations, whether they will continue to offer protection in the UK, and/or whether they should be contemplating new … Continue Reading

EU LAUNCHES ONLINE DISPUTE RESOLUTION PLATFORM FOR CONTRACT DISPUTES WITH CONSUMERS

By Michiko Jo In mid-February, the European Commission launched an online platform which can be used for out-of-court settlement of disputes over obligations under business-to- consumer online sales or service contracts. The platform is available for free to a trader established in the EU and a consumer resident in the EU. Consumers can submit an … Continue Reading

RETAILER TRENDS IN-STORE BIG DATA ANALYTICS

By Carol A.F. Umhoefer Gone are the days when the CCTV outside the dressing room was only there to dissuade – or help prosecute – shoplifters. Bricks-and-mortar retailers are increasingly moving from the real world to the virtual world as they collect more and more data about current and would-be customers, and engage specialists to … Continue Reading

The EU Trademark Reform

European trademark law is currently undergoing the biggest reform since the introduction of the Community trademark system in 1996. On 15 December 2015, the European Parliament approved a Reform Package consisting of an amended European Union Trademark Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2015/2424) and a new Trademarks Directive (Directive (EU) 2015/2436). This bundle of new laws, referred … Continue Reading

EUROPEAN TRADEMARK REFORM: THE 10 MOST RELEVANT CHANGES FOR TRADEMARK PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT

By Dr. Ulrike Gruebler, Karine Disdier-Mikus, Désirée Fields, and Ruth Hoy European trademark law is facing the biggest reform since the introduction of the Community trademark system in 1996. The recently adopted European Trademark Reform will bring substantial changes not only to Community trademarks but also for owners of national trademarks in the EU. The reform package consists of … Continue Reading

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION FOCUSES ON THE E-COMMERCE SECTOR

By Alexandra Kamerling and Marianna Kinsella (London) The European Commission has announced a competition law inquiry into the e-commerce sector in the context of a Digital Single Market strategy in the EU.  The Commission suspects that companies that engage in selling consumer goods on the Internet may be restricting online trade by using anti-competitive methods … Continue Reading

Big Changes Ahead: European Trademark Reform Package Adopted

By: Dr. Ulrike Gruebler Significant changes to European trademark law will be coming into effect in 2016. Just before the turn of the year the European Parliament adopted a very substantial reform package for EU trademarks. The revised laws aim to make EU trade mark law fit for the challenges of business in the 21st … Continue Reading
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