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CJEU Offers Improved Protection for Luxury Goods in Coty Ruling

By Jonathan Parker and Calum Warren Summary The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has handed down its much-anticipated judgment in Case C-230/16 Coty Germany GmbH v Parfümerie Akzente GmbH (Coty). The case concerns the legality of a prohibition of sales on third-party platforms discernible to the public within Coty Germany’s selective distribution … Continue Reading

Group Liability for Data Protection Failure – A New Threat for Private Equity Firms?

By Gail Crawford, Hayley Pizzey, Mark Sun, and Calum Warren As European data protection regulators prepare to enforce the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) from May 2018, private equity firms must act to minimise the risk of becoming financially liable for the data protection failings of portfolio companies. After a recent spate of high-profile data breaches, … Continue Reading

Unified Patent Court Update: Ratification Could Take Place in the Coming Months

By Deborah Kirk The Delegated Legislation Committee’s (DLC) support for the Unified Patent Court (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2017 (the Order) suggests a swift approval of the Order by the House of Commons. Presuming a rapid approval by the House of Lords thereafter, this could mean the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPC Agreement) is ratified … Continue Reading

ESMA Provides Further Clarity on Initial Coin Offerings in Europe

By James Inness and Stuart Davis Following our 7 November 2017 blog “Europe as a Hub for Initial Coin Offerings”, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published two statements on Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). The statements underline ESMA’s interest in ICOs as a means to raise capital for enterprises, particularly given their rapid … Continue Reading

Pharma and Biotech: Key Trends and Legal Risks

By Hanna Roos, Oliver Browne and Robbie McLaren How to thrive amid uncertainty? This was the question we explored at the 35th FT Global Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Conference. Here are five key industry trends and corresponding practical legal tips to help companies stay protected and seize opportunities. “Access”, Not “Excess” The industry is facing pressure on … Continue Reading

Europe as a Hub for Initial Coin Offerings?

By James Inness and Stuart Davis Initial coin offerings (ICOs) involve issuers offering virtual coins or tokens that are created and disseminated using blockchain or distributed ledger technology. Virtual coins resemble cash in a number of ways but may also afford holders additional rights, such as the ability to access the platform or software, or participate … Continue Reading

European Parliament Calls for Tougher Environmental Liability Rules

By Paul Davies and Michael Green The Environmental Liability Directive (ELD) aims to prevent, remedy and/or compensate for environmental damage. ELD seeks to achieve this through the “polluter pays principle”, ensuring businesses are held legally and financially accountable for environmental degradation that results from their operations. However, Member States have varied considerably in implementing ELD, … Continue Reading

3 Changes to the EU Trade Mark Regime: What Applicants Need to Know

By Deborah Kirk Changes to the Regulation on the EU Trade Mark came into effect on 1 October, 2017 that alter the process of registering trade marks. These changes aim to harmonize trade mark practices across the European Union while increasing legal certainty and clarity for trade mark applicants. In particular, applicants should note three … Continue Reading

New EU-Certification Mark Added to IP Armory

By Deborah Kirk European Union (EU) trademark law is currently undergoing significant reform, with the most recent change of particular relevance to certification mark holders or to those interested in applying for certification marks. The EU-certification mark, introduced on 1 October 2017, widens the categories of trade mark protections that are available at the EU-level. … Continue Reading

European Parliament: Substances of Concern in the Circular Economy Are Difficult to Address

By Paul Davies and Michael Green A new European Parliament briefing highlights the benefits of, and difficulties associated with, transitioning the chemicals industry to a circular economy. The traditional economy typically involves purchasing and using a product, and then disposing that product when it no longer has utility (i.e. the “take-make-dispose” approach to resources). Conversely, … Continue Reading

IP & Brexit: The Impact of Brexit on the Community Unregistered Design Right and the Creative Industries Who Rely on Them

By Deborah Kirk and Elizabeth Purcell Brexit discussions will need to address the application of the Community unregistered design right (CUDR) in the UK following the UK’s exit from the EU. The CUDR currently provides: Unregistered design protection in all of the EU member states Automatic and broad protections to UK designers for qualifying designs … Continue Reading

How Will Court of Appeal Decision in Sabbagh v Khoury and others Affect Future Article 6(1) Cases?

By Oliver Browne and Daniel Harrison The Brussels Regulation provides for an exception to the general rule that a claimant must sue a defendant in the EU Member State where the defendant is domiciled. The exception allows a claimant to sue a defendant where a co-defendant (the “anchor” defendant) is domiciled instead, if the claims … Continue Reading

New German Foreign Investment Rules Threaten Deal Timetables

By Jana K. Dammann de Chapto and Joachim Grittmann The German government has tightened the rules for its review proceedings for M&A involving non-EU investors, with changes to its German Foreign Trade and Payments Ordinance (Außenwirtschaftsverordnung) that significantly increase foreign investment oversight. The new rules, which came into force on 18 July 2017, introduce a … Continue Reading

A New European Standard for “Green Finance”

By Paul Davies, Michael Green and Ei Nge Htut The High Level Expert Group on sustainable finance  (the Group), which the European Commission (the EC) established, published its interim report on 13 July 2017. The report sets out the key steps required to create a financial system that supports sustainable investment, as well as identifying areas … Continue Reading

What Will the New EU Prospectus Regulation Mean for Issuers?

By James Inness A new prospectus regulation (Regulation (EU) 2017/1129) (the Regulation) will come into direct effect on 20 July 2017, with a small number of provisions applying immediately and the remainder applying from 21 July 2019. The changes under the Regulation will likely be relevant to issuers both before and after Brexit. Which Provisions … Continue Reading

Pharmaceuticals in The Environment: What will EU Environment Roadmap Mean for Pharmaceuticals?

By Paul Davies, Elisabetta Righini and Rosa Espin On 28 April 2017, the European Commission (the EC) published a “roadmap” on the strategic approach to pharmaceuticals in the environment, particularly in the aquatic environment. Concurrently, the EC launched a 12-week open public consultation to address the environmental pollution caused by human and veterinarian pharmaceutical substances. … Continue Reading

German Utilities Score Billions on Constitutional Challenge to German Nuclear Fuel Tax

By Jörn Kassow and Alexander Wilhelm On 7 June 2017, the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany (FCC) published a recent decision that declared the German Nuclear Fuel Tax Act (Kernbrennstoffsteuergesetz – KernbrStG) void due to the lack of legislative competence of the federal legislator (Bundestag) to enact the law constitutionally. The FCC argued that neither the … Continue Reading

German Court Delays Implementation of Unified Patent Court Legislation

By Deborah Kirk, Charles Courtenay, Christian Engelhardt, Yasmina Borhani and Andrea Stout Germany’s constitutional court, the Bundesverfassungsgericht, has requested that the German President hold off on signing the legislation ratifying the Unified Patent Court (UPC) and the Unitary Patent (UP) following a constitutional complaint from an unnamed individual. The court did not disclose the nature … Continue Reading

European Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs Publishes Fintech Report

By Andrew Moyle, Fiona Maclean, Christian McDermott, Andrea Stout and Stuart Davis On April 28th, the European Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) published a report about Fintech and the influence of technology on the future of the financial sector. The report, prepared by Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, was adopted by ECON with 45 votes in … Continue Reading

Update: Stricter EU Environmental Performance Standards to Apply to Large Combustion Plants by 2021

By Jörn Kassow and Patrick Braasch Emissions from approximately 2,900 large combustion plants in the EU, including coal-fired power stations as well as peat, oil and gas power plants, are now likely to be subject to stricter environmental performance standards. These updated standards (“Best Available Techniques Conclusions for Large Combustion Plants” – BREF LCP), based on … Continue Reading

Wind Power Overtakes Coal in Europe

By Paul Davies and Rosa Espin Last year, 86 % of the 24.5 GW of new generating capacity installed in the EU came from renewable energy sources, specifically from wind, solar, biomass and hydro, breaking the previous record of 79% in 2014. This new water mark makes clear that the EU is seeking to cut … Continue Reading

Theresa May’s 12 Brexit Principles – and What They Mean for Financial Services

By Rob Moulton Theresa May’s speech on Brexit covered many of the topics that were central to the Brexit referendum debate. Immigration, the European Court of Justice, and Parliamentary sovereignty all had starring roles.  But, for once, serious comments were made on a topic that has so far been subject to little comment from government … Continue Reading
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