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How blockchain might change the whole fashion industry – and safeguard the authenticity of your goods

So far you have probably only heard of blockchain in connection with financial transactions and Bitcoins. Well, that should change soon. Blockchain is the catch-all term for technology that permanently records transactions in a digital, tamper-proof database. Information is distributed across a network of computers rather than being controlled by a single entity, is updated

CJEU: Online commerce – Provision of contact details clarified

The European Court of Justice (CJEU) has ruled that online sales platforms are not necessarily obliged to always provide consumers with a contact telephone number in order to meet statutory obligations. Other means of communication via which the consumer can communicate quickly and efficiently with the company may also be sufficient. Background The plaintiff, a

China’s first Data Protection Measures lifting its veils

On May 28, 2019, the Cyberspace Administration of China released the draft Measures on the Administration of Data Security (“Data Security Measures“, see our in-house English translation here) for public consultation. These Data Security Measures will be a great leap forward in China’s current data protection landscape, which mainly consists of scattered provisions contained in

A tale of two visions: what does China’s social credit system really mean?

The Social Credit System (“SCS“) in the People’s Republic of China is not a new concept. But the Chinese Social Credit System is nothing if not controversial. There are two world views of the SCS, which paint diametrically opposed images, from a means to improve people’s lives by punishing anti-social and bad behaviour to a data-driven Orwellian

N.D. California Straightens Out Competitor’s Use of Infringing Hashtags: #newdevelopments in Using Trademarks as Hashtags

The Northern District of California recently released an order that sheds new light on how courts grapple with the constantly-increasing use of trademarks as hashtags. Align Technology, Inc., provider of the Invisalign teeth-straightening-system, also produces the iTero Element intraoral scanner that allows dentists to obtain three-dimensional scans of a patient’s mouth, teeth, and gums. To

DSM Watch – Platforms: EU Commission issues a Recommendation and a draft Regulation as the DSM approach towards ISPs takes (an irregular) shape.

In a nutshell: As part of the DSM strategy, the Commission has recently published a series of new proposals impacting platforms and ISPs, including a Recommendation on tackling illegal content online and a draft Regulation on promoting fairness and transparency for business users of e-commerce platforms. In these new documents, the Commission addresses consumer protection,

Europe: Blockchain – The virtual currency Bitcoin

In this series of blog posts, we take a look at the current state of play regarding blockchain technology as well as the legal setting with a European and German focus. Whoever thinks of blockchain also has inevitably bitcoins in mind. The Internet currency is largely based on the blockchain technology and it is therefore one of the most obvious

Europe: Blockchain – Practical and legal challenges

The increasing digitization of the private as well as economic realm is undeniable. The European Commission is constantly pushing the Digital Single Market forward. In the same breath as the ubiquitous phenomenon of digitalization, blockchain technology is all too often mentioned. A bright future is predicted for it even if the actual applications have, admittedly, been rare in practice so far.

France: New Weapons for the Protection of Geographical Indications and Local Authorities in France

Introducing various measures relating to French consumer law. Law No. 2014-344 (“Hamon law”) enlarges the existing protection of geographical indications applicable for agricultural products and foodstuffs to industrial products and enhances the protection of the names of local authorities. In France, the protection of geographical indications was previously strictly limited to agricultural products and foodstuffs,