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EU Announces Guidelines to Standardize Cloud Computing Agreements

In an effort to meet one of the key objectives of the European Union's Cloud Computing Strategy - to develop model terms for cloud computing contracts, including service-level agreements - an industry working group that...more

Sanctions Update: Ukraine, Crimea and Sevastopol—the Ukrainian Parliament, the EU and the U.S. impose further measures

This Alert follows our previous alerts on the Russia/Ukraine sanctions available on our website. July continued to be a busy time as the Verkhovna Rada (the Ukrainian Parliament), the EU and the United States intensified...more

EU Launches € 50 Million Public-Private Biobased Industries Partnership

In a July 9, 2014, press release, the European Union (EU) announced the launch of seven public-private partnerships, established under the EU's new research funding program Horizon 2020. They represent a total investment of €...more

How does French case law deal with bundled software?

Combined offers have always drawn significant attention from French courts. This is all the more the case since combined offers are standard practices when selling computer equipments. Indeed, such equipments are most often...more

EU Court Maintains Tough Stance Against Business Practices by Firms With Strong Market Power

On 12 June 2014, the European Union’s court of first instance, the General Court, in Intel v European Commission (Case T-286/09), condemned a number of Intel’s business practices, including loyalty rebates. The General...more

ANSES Calls for a Stronger Regulatory Framework for Nanomaterials

The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES) published on May 15, 2014, a review of the available literature on health and environmental issues relating to manufactured nanomaterials. ...more

Revision of the EU’s Group Exemption on Technology Licenses

A revision of the EU’s Group exemption on Technology Licenses which exempts compliant licenses from the EU’s regulations on agreements in restraint of trade comes into effect on May 1, 2014. The most significant changes from...more

Interesting legal issues at Wired Next Fest 2014

The tech gurus in Milan are very excited since next week-end there will be the Wired Next Fest which will cover some of the most relevant technology matters currently discussed. Interestingly some of such issues have been...more

Technology Transfer Agreements: EU Promulgates New Antitrust Rules

The licensing of technology is core to the business model of many companies operating in IP-sensitive industries. Its commercial benefits are myriad. For example, it allows a licensor to take advantage of a licensee’s greater...more

ECHA Biocidal Products Committee Issues Opinion on HeiQ AGS-20

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) Biocidal Products Committee (BPC) adopted an opinion on April 10, 2014, concerning HeiQ AGS-20 (AGS-20). The European Commission (EC) requested an opinion on the following questions... ...more

"Intellectual Property and Global Business Strategies: Observations From the High-Tech Sector"

Encouraged by a combination of factors, particularly pressure on public companies to create value and increased convergence within a number of industries, strategic uses of intellectual property increasingly are top of mind...more

Law À La Mode - Issue 13 - April 2014

In This Issue: - PRIVACY BY DESIGN? FASHION FLAIR TRANSFORMS WEARABLE TECHNOLOGIES: The rise of the wearables – and the data protection challenges they bring - EFFECTIVELY DELIVERING IT SERVICES IN THE RETAIL...more

Australian Businesses Supplying Electronic, Telecoms And Broadcasting Services To EU Customers Need To Be Aware Of Changes To EU...

EU VAT CHANGES FOR E-COMMERCE SERVICES - Australian e-commerce businesses that supply services to European customers need to be aware of important "value added tax" ("VAT") changes that will apply across the European...more

EU Commission Announces New European Technology Licensing Rules

The European Union adopted on March 21, 2014, revised competition rules for the transfer of technology covering certain categories of agreements for licensing of patents, know-how and software copyrights. The EU reaffirmed...more

European Commission Adopts Revised Competition Regime for Technology Transfer Agreements

On 21 March 2014, the European Commission (Commission) adopted a revised set of rules for the assessment of technology transfer agreements by the Commission and national competition authorities. The new Technology Transfer...more

The European Technology Index: Technology – An engine for growth?

In 2012, in light of the Euro crisis and uncertainty of a double dip recession, DLA Piper launched the first Tech Index survey. This was to review the perceptions and attitudes of European technology growth in light of market...more

Wearable technologies, watch your hands!

$ 3 billion will be spent in 2014 on 10 million wearable technology units according to a Deloitte report, but the potentials of this market can be seen also through the attempts by tech companies to patent anything connected...more

News and Views from the Second European Technology Leaders Summit!

On Tuesday 4th February 2014 I participated to the second European Technology Leaders Summit held at The Landmark Hotel in London. The Summit brought together business leaders in the European technology industry with...more

Italian Technology Start-Ups: light at the end of the tunnel

We attended yesterday the 2014 Disruption Day (thank you Digital Magics!). Here are some of the giveaways. It is great to feel some positive vibes for start-ups and incubators. Despite the overall economic crisis in...more

The Technology, Media and Telecommunications Review – Fourth Edition: Chapter 21: Romania

I INTRODUCTION - The advent of digital technologies coupled with legislative harmonising objectives have triggered considerable developments in the TMT sector in Romania over the past two years. Regulatory and industry...more

Digitalization of the retail banking sector

Digitalization of the relationship between retail banks and customers is a must in an economy where according to estimates the usage of tablets has increased by 70% in the last year and physical contacts between bank branches...more

The Financial Report - Volume 2, No. 16 • September 12, 2013

Discussion and Analysis - No doubt about it. The machines have taken over. Wednesday’s issue of The Wall Street Journal reports that automakers are focusing their efforts on developing self-driving automobiles....more

Meeting New OTC Swap Reconciliation Rules May Require Better Technology and Processes

Although reconciliation of the key terms has been a best practice for over-the-counter derivative trades for some time (particularly with collateralised trades), the scale of the reconciliation exercise imposed by forthcoming...more

Proposed Amendments to the EU Competition Assessment of Technology Transfers

The European Commission (the "Commission") is considering revisions to the rules governing the assessment of technology transfer agreements such as patent licences in advance of the expiry of the existing rules on 30 April...more

London Stock Exchange Publishes Draft Rulebook for New Fast-Growth Segment

Rulebook sets out criteria for admission to the high-growth segment, which has been designed to meet the needs of fast-growing European companies. On 13 February, the London Stock Exchange (LSE) published a draft...more

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