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The impact on franchising of the new European Directive for the protection of trade secrets

On 14 April 2016, after a lengthy gestation period, the European Parliament finally approved a new European Union Trade Secrets Directive. This will be the basis for new harmonised laws to protect secret and valuable...more

MiFID II: Access to EU Markets for Third Country Investment Firms

This note discusses the MiFID II regime for access by financial institutions located outside the EU to EU customers and markets. Full harmonisation of the access regime for third country firms has not been achieved. Instead...more

European Commission Assesses Progress on Capital Markets Union

The European Commission published a status report on progress made since the adoption of the Capital Markets Union Action Plan. The European Commission's Action Plan, published in September 2015, set out the steps for the...more

MiFID 2: PRA issues consultation paper - This article looks at PRA's plans to change its rules to implement the passporting and...

MiFID 2 implementation timeline - Currently, the MiFID 2 package is still scheduled to take effect on 3 January 2017. Member States are supposed to have finalised necessary changes to domestic laws by 3 July 2016....more

Unifying trademark laws in the GCC - are you prepared?

The GCC member states appear to be moving closer to harmonisation of their trademark laws. This briefing considers the next steps in the process and the implications of the new law for businesses with brand assets in the GCC....more

European Trademark Reform: The 10 most relevant changes for Trademark Portfolio Management

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...more

EU Data Protection Reform Will Force Big Changes Globally

Earlier this week, on December 15, 2015, EU officials approved the text of new data privacy regulations after nearly four years of discussions. The EU-wide bill, which will supersede what is now known as the EU Data...more

Gesetz zur Umsetzung der Transparenzrichtlinie - Änderungsrichtlinie

Nachdem der Bundestag am 1. Oktober 2015 den Entwurf eines Gesetzes zur Umsetzung der Transparenzrichtlinie-A¨nderungsrichtlinie angenommen hatte (BT-Drucksache 18/6220), hat dieser am 6. November 2015 den Bundesrat passiert....more

IGPA 2015 Focuses on Biosimilars, Quality, and Harmonization in Toronto-Part Two of Two

The following day features a panel of chief executive officers from a variety of pharmaceutical companies of different sizes and focus areas. Common themes included ongoing industry consolidation and increasing concern about...more

IGPA 2015 Focuses on Biosimilars, Quality, and Harmonization in Toronto-Part One of Two

On September 16-18, 2015 the International Generic Pharmaceutical Alliance (IGPA) held its 18th Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada. IGPA is composed of members: the Canadian Generic Pharmaceutical Association (CGPA-Canada),...more

Blog: Protecting Your Intellectual Property in the UK

The digital revolution has dramatically changed how we interact with technology. Consumers are now also co-creators and technology is becoming increasingly commoditised, with companies sharing software and consumers building...more

WCRR: EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive Open for Debate

The European Commission launched July 6 a public consultation on the Audiovisual Media Services Directive 2010/13/EU ("AVMSD"), entitled "A media framework for the 21st century," paving the way towards a single European...more

New EU Regulation for Electronic Signatures

The EU has adopted a new regulation, which will introduce a new legal framework for electronic signatures, seals, time stamps and electronic documents. These rules aim at creating a uniform regime across EU for the...more

German Federal Cartel Office declares Outlet Center’s Radius Clauses invalid

The German Federal Cartel Office (“FCO”) – Bundeskartellamt – recently published its decision regarding so-called Radius Clauses used by a factory outlet center (“Outlet Center”) in all its contracts with the tenants (Case...more

The Luxembourg Supervisory Authority Publishes Helpful Guidance On AIFMD Marketing Rules

The Luxembourg act of 12 July 2013 on alternative investment fund managers (AIFMs) implemented the AIFMD into Luxembourg law (the AIFM Act). The AIFMD is a maximum harmonisation Directive, which means that EU Member States...more

Upcoming EU Copyright Reform

It does not happen often to see European Institutions agreeing on a common strategy. Yet, the strong political will around the need to create a single market for digital content moved this item to the top of the agenda of the...more

Copyright Protection: Differences Between U.S. and Canadian Law

Copyright law protects creative works such as books, paintings, sculptures, songs, and movies. Businesses, nonprofit organizations, and individuals often own a wide variety of copyrights. Sometimes a copyright owner will not...more

What You Need to Know About TTIP

TTIP (the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) is a comprehensive trade and investment agreement currently being negotiated between the EU and the US. The main aims of the proposed agreement are to increase trade...more

“Black and White” Is So 2014 for EU Trademarks

Under a new Community Trade Mark (CTM) rule, trademarks filed in black and white, or greyscale, may no longer be protected if the mark is used predominantly in color. The CTM system creates a unified trademark registration...more

Cyber Security - Risk Management and Mitigation

In This Issue: - Agenda - Current Threat Environment - Current Threat Environment - Strategic Importance - Asian Data Privacy Regimes At-A-Glance - Data Protection: Regional temp - Asia-Pacific...more

CBP Offers U.S. Exporters Assistance in Resolving Disputes with Foreign Customs Agencies

Last week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published a Federal Register Notice inviting U.S. exporters to request CBP’s assistance in resolving disputes with foreign customs agencies over the tariff classification or...more

Launch of Mutual Recognition of Funds Between Mainland China and Hong Kong

On 22 May 2015, the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong (SFC) and the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) signed a Memorandum of Regulatory Cooperation on Mainland-Hong Kong Recognition of Funds, which...more

Sports Media Rights and the Digital Single Market…is your business ready?

On 6 May 2015 the European Commission (the "Commission") published its strategy for a 'Digital Single Market' for Europe. The Commission's communication outlines its grand vision for a Europe in which 'the free movement of...more

European Commission Publishes Strategy on the Digital Single Market

On 6 May the European Commission released the EU’s Digital Single Market strategy (the ‘DSM Strategy’), with the declared objective to tear down the obstacles to doing business online. The DSM Strategy has been released...more

An attempt at Harmonization: Export Documentation Changes

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is currently accepting comments on methods of improving the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) as well as harmonizing these regulations with the clearance requirements under the...more

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