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Online Trade Under Antitrust Scrutiny in EC's E-Commerce Sector Inquiry Final Report

by Jones Day on

On May 10, 2017, the European Commission published its long-awaited Final Report on the 2015 E-commerce Sector Inquiry ("Report"). The Report highlights the Commission's enforcement priorities in the online markets for...more

Navigating the Uncertain Chinese Cybersecurity Law: What We Know and How to Steer Accordingly

by Alston & Bird on

As of June 1, 2017, China’s new Cybersecurity Law came into force. The Cybersecurity Law has broad implications for any company that does business in the country as the Chinese government has asserted even greater control...more

Blog: Introduction to Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation

by Cooley LLP on

What is it? The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a European law that will govern how companies (whether EU-based or not) use personal data. It replaces the existing law on use of personal data and comes into...more

Trump Administration Highlights Limitations of CFIUS Process

In separate public statements last week, two Trump administration cabinet secretaries expressed concerns with the national security review process of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). They also...more

“First Sale” Exhausts Patent Rights

by Sands Anderson PC on

In a case of keen importance to sellers of refurbished products such as auto parts and medical devices, last month, in Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc., ___ U.S. ___ (2017), the Supreme Court of the...more

European Commission Sets its Sights on Allegedly Excessive Drug Prices

by Jones Day on

In the European Union, Big Pharma has been operating with a target on its back for the best part of the last decade. Following its 2008 sector inquiry into the pharmaceutical sector, the Commission vowed to clamp down on...more

Cornerstones of pharma market antitrust investigation

by DLA Piper on

Recently, the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine provided number of certain actions aimed on enabling better understanding of the stance taken by the AMCU. Their activity is directed towards a number of important issues...more

Update on Regulatory Compliance in the Global Health Care Industry

by Baker Ober Health Law on

A comprehensive understanding of the constantly evolving layers that make up federal anti-corruption statutes, sanctions regulations and export control restrictions is imperative for both the pharmaceutical and health care...more

We’ll Always Have…

by Reed Smith on

Next week, the advertising industry gathers in Cannes, France for its annual awards celebration. In addition to the much coveted Lion statuette, countless leaders in the industry will be on hand for networking, speeches, and...more

Increased focus on global privacy and data protection for Australian organisations

by DLA Piper on

With the continuing uncertainty following the UK general elections result, it will be interesting to see the new government's approach to Brexit and its future stance on European Union (EU) regulatory requirements,...more

The Importance of Label Licenses to Life Sciences Companies After Lexmark

On May 30, 2017, in Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc., the U.S. Supreme Court held that a domestic or foreign sale of a patented product exhausts all U.S. patent rights in that product. The case was...more

Someone Needs a Digital Makeover: Rethinking NAFTA in the Digital Economy

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

When the North American Free Trade Agreement went into effect on January 1, 1994, there were an estimated 10,000 websites, most people used dial-up online services, Google had not yet become a verb, and the first online...more

Blockchain and the Future of Compliance

by Michael Volkov on

At a recent conference of the high-tech industry, an IBM representative provided a presentation on blockchain technology and the application to compliance programs. It was a fascinating presentation. Maybe I am coming to the...more

The EU’s New General Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR) – Global Companies New Compliance Test

by Michael Volkov on

Global companies face a daunting array of risks – anti-corruption, trade compliance, antitrust, and money laundering are just a few. The European Union, however, has escalated the data privacy issue right into the corporate...more

InterConnect - Spring 2017

by Benesch on

Many, if not most, agreements between sellers of goods and logistics service providers (LSPs) contain a list of metrics that are used to evaluate various aspects of supply chain or provider performance. In theory, these...more

CIPL Produces Roadmap for Potential Certification Standards Under GDPR

by Reed Smith on

As part of its GDPR Implementation Project, the Centre for Information Policy Leadership (‘CIPL’) has released a discussion paper on certifications, seals and marks. The paper stresses the benefits of certifications that can...more

European Commission’s Final Views on Competition in E-commerce – A Warning Shot on Selective Distribution?

by Reed Smith on

On 10 May 2017, the European Commission published its final report on its two-year e-commerce sector inquiry (the Final Report). A handy 16-page summary is accompanied by a dense and largely uneventful staff working document...more

Big Changes May Be Coming to Argentina’s Data Protection Laws

by Bryan Cave on

Two important changes are underway if you do business in Argentina. In 2003, Argentina was the first Latin American country to be recognized as an adequate country by the European Commission....more

“The Future is Now” — Compliance and Technology

by Michael Volkov on

This posting is not a “pie in the sky” outline of compliance in the future, when technology works seamlessly with compliance functions. My focus today is on what is happening now in the compliance world when it comes to...more

The Cyberspace Administration of China Clarifies the Cybersecurity Law

by Dechert LLP on

At a press conference held on the eve of its launch, China’s Cybersecurity authority, the Cyberspace Administration of China (the “CAC”), provided clarification on some aspects of the Cybersecurity Law - notably on the...more

US Supreme Court Ruling on Exhaustion of Patent Rights is Welcome News for Canadian Exporters of Refurbished Goods

by Bennett Jones LLP on

In the United States, once a patentee has sold its product—whether domestically or internationally—its patent rights in that product are exhausted; the patentee can no longer use patent law to control refurbishing or resale...more

Supreme Court Provides Additional Clarity on the Scope of Patent Exhaustion

According to a recent Supreme Court decision, when it comes to the applicability of patent exhaustion, “restrictions and location are irrelevant; what matters is the patentee’s decision to make a sale.” In Impression...more

Amendments to Japan’s Act on the Protection of Personal Information Take Effect

by Morgan Lewis on

Asset management firms—both in Japan and abroad—may need to take quick action to comply with the amended Act....more

GDPR Compliance Update: Which Government Authorities Have Issued Official GDPR Guidance?

This post provides an update as to the current status of official GDPR-related guidance. With a little under a year remaining until the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) becomes enforceable, companies...more

How to Comply with the New General Data Protection Regulation: A Q&A with Partner Gail Crawford and Counsel Ulrich Wuermeling

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

In less than one year, from 25 May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR or Regulation) will become enforceable. The GDPR introduces a rigorous, far-reaching privacy framework for businesses that operate, target...more

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