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An Unmapped Spanish Golden Mile: The “Indication Of Geographical Origin” Trademark Prohibition

Spain is famous for wines bathed in the sun. There are various splendid Spanish wine regions: Rioja, Valencia, Penedès, Priorat, Rueda — all of which would, by the way, make fantastic places to go during your holidays if you...more

News from Abroad -- Briefing on Supplementary Protection Certificates for Medicinal Products

What are SPCs? A Supplementary Protection Certificate (SPC) is an intellectual property right available for active ingredients of human and veterinary medicinal products requiring marketing authorisation. Originally...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – August 2017

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Restrictions on Resellers’ Use of Third-Party Internet Platforms - On 26 July 2017, Advocate General (AG) Nils Wahl of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) handed down his opinion in the seminal Coty case concerning...more

Selective distribution systems: AG Wahl advises to allow a ban on sales via online marketplaces

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In his opinion in Coty, Advocate General ("AG") Wahl invites the European Court of Justice ("ECJ") to rule that a manufacturer operating a selective distribution system is, under certain conditions, allowed to prohibit its...more

ECJ: Clarification on Withdrawing State Aid from Companies Deemed "Undertaking in Difficulty"

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The notion of "undertaking in difficulty" is a key element in State aid law because undertakings in difficulty can receive State aid only under the restrictive conditions for so-called rescue and restructuring aid. Any other...more

Dietary Supplement & Cosmetics Legal Bulletin | July 2017

JAMA Study and Editorial Call for Improvements in Cosmetic Regulation and Surveillance - In response to a study analyzing adverse events for cosmetics and personal care products, the Journal of the American Medical...more

Italian time-machine : Limitation of the duration of an SPC may be decided by the Italian Patent Office

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The Board of Appeal of the Italian Patent Office (Commissione dei Ricorsi), by decision published on June 26, 2017, acknowledged the right of the patent holder to ask the Italian Patent Office for the limitation of the...more

European Court of Justice Upholds Use of Evidence from Noncompetition Authority

by Jones Day on

The European Court of Justice ("CoJ") has upheld the European Commission's use of evidence transmitted by a national authority other than a Member State competition authority in a cartel investigation. The CoJ ruled on April...more

Brexit: A Softer Brexit Back on the Table?

by Dechert LLP on

The result of the UK’s general election on 8 June has reignited speculation that the UK government might pursue a softer Brexit. In this update, we provide a reminder of the main “softer” Brexit models which had previously...more

ECJ Strengthens Position of Media Industry in Fight Against Piracy

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On April 26, 2017, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued a judgment on the liability of sellers of set-top boxes containing pre-installed add-ons enabling illegal access to motion pictures as well as to Pay-TV and SVoD...more

ECJ Decision Creates Potential Issues for EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement

by Morgan Lewis on

A recent decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union on the ratification process for the European Union-Singapore Free Trade Agreement—intended to further improve Singaporean and European companies’ access to each...more

ECJ Decision Looms Large on the Future of Trade Agreements and Investor-State Arbitration with the EU

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The Court of Justice of the European Union decided last week that free trade agreements concluded with the EU must receive prior approval by each Member State if they provide for investor-State arbitration. The ruling, given...more

Brexit Update – The UK Supreme Court Ruling on Article 50, the Great Repeal Bill and the Commencement of the Departure Process

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In the January edition of the Delta Report, we discussed the pending Article 50 challenge before the UK Supreme Court (the "Supreme Court") and highlighted some of the issues and uncertainties surrounding Brexit, in...more

German Employee Representation on Board Level - Territorial Restrictions Should Apply

by Bryan Cave on

Provided the European Court of Justice (ECJ) follows the Advocate General, German employee representation on the board level does not violate EU law and may be restricted to employees in Germany. A good decision, says...more

Brexit: The EU's Negotiating Directives

by Dechert LLP on

The European Commission has published draft objectives for the first phase of the Brexit negotiations, focused on citizens' rights, the financial settlement and a continuing role for the European Court of Justice (ECJ). This...more

State aid: the former French financial support mechanism for solar radiative energy at risk

by White & Case LLP on

By an order dated 15 March 20171, the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) rules on the compatibility with the European State aid rules of the Ministerial Orders of 10 July 2006 and of 12 January 2010 setting out the feed-in...more

March 2017: EU Litigation Update

Asserting Standard Essential Patents in Germany After the European Court of Justice’s Huawei v. ZTE Decision. In its Huawei v. ZTE decision (C-170/13) dated July 16, 2015, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) established a new...more

Holiday: to roll over, or not to roll over – that is the question

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The issue of holiday pay has been back in the ECJ, with the Court considering the case of King v The Sash Window Workshop Ltd and another. In that case, the issue had arisen as to whether Mr King, a worker who had been...more

European Court Clarifies Legality of Banning Islamic Headscarves in the Workplace

by Littler on

On March 14, 2017, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“ECJ”) issued a significant ruling clarifying when an employer may prohibit employees from wearing visible signs of their religious beliefs in the workplace. The...more

Employment News - March 2017 #3

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Last minute decider – incapacity dismissal without considering new evidence was disability discrimination - The Court of Appeal in O'Brien v Bolton St Catherine's Academy has reinstated a Tribunal decision that the...more

U.S. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Win 4-0 Over Spanish Donuts

A decision rendered by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on March 2, 2017, affirming a General Court ruling and potentially ending a nearly twenty-year legal battle, is a reminder to trademark owners that what is generic in...more

The ECJ Rules on the Compatibility with EU Law of Domestic Data Retention Requirements Imposed on Providers of Electronic...

by K&L Gates LLP on

After its invalidation of the data retention requirements imposed by Directive 2006/24/EC in its Digital Rights Ireland decision dated 8 April 2014, the ECJ was requested to assess the compatibility with the Directive...more

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) and the banning of headscarves in the workplace

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Two highly anticipated cases involving the legality of banning headscarves in the workplace were decided by the ECJ this week. Achbita and anor v. G4S Secure Solutions NV (Case C-157/15) involved a company that...more

Unfair Commercial Practices: The European Court of Justice Specifies Criteria for Comparative Advertising

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On 8 February 2017, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) handed down a judgment on a reference for a preliminary ruling stating that comparative advertising can be misleading if consumers are not provided with information on...more

Restrictions on Advertising with Nutrition and Health Claims Apply to Both Communications Addressed to Consumers and to...

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The Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) held that the restrictions on promoting foodstuffs with nutrition and health claims not only apply to communications addressed to the general public but also to communications...more

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