Reposted from Sports, Media and Entertainment Online

By Keitaro Uzawa and Ann Cheung

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (“METI“) recently revised the Interpretative Guidelines on Electronic Commerce and Information Property Trading (“Guidelines“), which apply to all online business operations in Japan and clarify how the Civil Code, which governs Japanese commercial contracts, and other relevant laws, such as the Act on Special Provisions to the Civil Code Concerning Electronic Consumer Contracts and Electronic Acceptance Notice (Act No. 95 of 2001) (“Electronic Contract Act“) and the Act on Specified Commercial Transactions (Act No. 57 of 1976), are applied to various legal issues relating to electronic commerce and information property trading.


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Reposted from DLA Piper’s IPT Italy Blog

By Gianluigi Marino

We dedicated this week to fashion and IPT (intellectual property and technology) issues. After wearable technologies, special rules for foreign franchisors in Italy, 3D Printers à la mode, social media and fashion this IPT catwalk goes on with some lines regarding fashion and e-commerce.

The vast majority of the fashion players are increasing their online sales. They are becoming more and more online retailers.

First of all a good purchase experience in an online store needs a good navigation in the website. And a good navigation in the website is possible with the optimization of the use of cookies. But the use of cookies is regulated by the EU Directive 2009/136 as implemented in the different European member states. Therefore every manager of online stores should take into account this specific regulations. Moreover big companies which sell their products in more than just one member state shall comply all their (local) webpages with the different local implementation of this Directive. As far as Italy is concerned, after the public consultation launched by the Italian Data Protection Authority some months ago, a new specific regulation is waited in the next few months.


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