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


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By Dr. Ulrike GrueblerKarine Disdier-MikusDésirée 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 two legislative components:
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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 such as territorial fragmentation and restrictions of price competition.
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