The SPC Manufacturing Waiver (the “Waiver“) is now in force, effective from 1 July 2019 (Regulation 2019/933 amending the SPC Regulation 2009/469). The Waiver has been introduced with the stated aim of putting EU generic and biosimilar manufacturers on a level playing field with their competitors in third countries. The Waiver carves out of SPC
On 19 March 2019, the European Union adopted Regulation (eu) 2019/517 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 March 2019 on the implementation and functioning of the .eu top-level domain name and amending and repealing Regulation (EC) No 733/2002 and repealing Commission Regulation (EC) No 874/2004, otherwise known as the .eu Regulation.
In our February post, we wrote about the impact that Brexit would have on UK-based .EU domain name holders and registrants to be affected by Britain’s looming departure from the EU – including not only native Brits, but also European nationals resident in the UK. Moreover, such registrants risk seeing their registrations cancelled, not only in .EU,
On 25 January, our European team held two webinar sessions focusing on the implementation of the EU Trade Marks Directive and its impact across various Member States. If you were unable to join, the recordings are now available via registration here and here (same content but different speakers) Background On 14 January 2019, EU Member States were required to implement the Directive into national law.
On 24 January 2019, EURid, the .EU Registry, issued an update to its Brexit notice, setting out a no-deal plan for .EU domain names whose WHOIS information displays GB (United Kingdom) or GI (Gibraltar, overseas territory of the United Kingdom) as their country code. Unlike the eligibility requirements for ownership of a European Union (EU)
Join us on 25 January 2019 for our first IP Outlook webinar of 2019 – focusing on the implementation of the EU Trade Marks Directive and its impact across various Member States. Our European team will provide practical advice on how brand owners should respond to the changes in each jurisdiction. Background On 14 January 2019, EU Member States will be required to implement the Directive into national law. The Directive aims
EURid, the Registry responsible for running the .EU namespace, has recently released its Quarter 3, 2018 Progress Report, covering the .EU and .ЕЮ extensions and this revealed a drop in the overall number of registrations. The report highlighted that there were 173,187 new domain name registrations made in Q3 2018, as well as noting that
We are excited to be holding the “Going Global” cross-practice, multi-track seminar again this year, 26 November in Osaka and 28 November in Tokyo. Our IP speakers will guide participants through the following issues: Advanced trademark issues: What Japanese companies need to know about prosecution and enforcement in the U.S. and the EU This year, we are delighted to
On 27 April 2018, the European Commission published a proposal for a new European Regulation in relation to the .EU Top Level Domain (TLD), planned to replace the current Regulations that deal with .EU. In short, this is because the current Regulations are seen as outdated and no longer able to deal appropriately with the
At the end of July, the German Federal Court handed down its judgment in a copyright case having huge impact for operators of open Wifi services. For the first time, the judges had to deal with Sec. 7 (4) and Sec. 8 (1) s. 2 of the German Telemedia Act (hereinafter “GTA“) as lately amended.
On 28 March 2018, the European Commission’s (EC) Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology released an important notice to stakeholders (the “Notice”) on the impact of Brexit on .EU domain names. The EC’s Notice highlighted that the EU regulatory framework for the .EU country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) will cease to apply to
The copyright reform is one of the core pillars of the EU Commissions endeavor to create a real Digital Single Market within the European Union. However, despite of the first draft of the new Copyright Directive (COM (2016) 593 final) having been published some time ago (14 September 2016) the EU institutions seem to have difficulties
The EU Commission announced its Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy in May 2015. Since then, plenty of draft directives and regulations have been put on the table. Many of those will be enacted within the next weeks and months. The EU Parliament and Council are currently in the process of agreeing on last amendments to
Not long ago, we reported on the Committee on Legal Affairs’ (JURI) decision to temporarily postpone its final vote on the new Copyright Directive (COM(2016) 593). We also pointed to some other copyright-related initiatives the European Commission had initiated under the umbrella of the Digital Single Market which have come to a slight halt right
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
Four years after signing the Marrakesh Treaty (introduced by the WIPO) to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons who are Blind, Visually Impaired, or otherwise Print Disabled, the EU institutions finally voted for its implementation. With over 600 votes, the European Parliament adopted the final compromise on 6 July 2017. The European Council ratified
In our 21 June blog we reported that the text of this, the first legislative proposal published by the Commission under the Digital Single Market strategy banner, had been finalised by the European Parliament and Council. The Regulation on ensuring the cross-border portability of online content services in the internal market ((EU) 2017/1128), to give
Swiftly following the CJEU decision in Filmspeler (see our blog post), in which the Court found that the selling of multimedia players with add-ons to illegal streaming websites amounted to copyright infringement, the CJEU has confirmed that an indexing site such as the infamous website, The Pirate Bay, can be liable and as a result,
In a February 7, 2017 webinar, the Hogan Lovells Digital Single Market (DSM) team presented its take on new developments for 2017. Nils Rauer was among the speakers and commented on the Commission’s efforts to regulate large video sharing platforms, both through the proposed copyright directive, which would impose heightened obligations on platforms to fight
On Friday, 23 September 2016, we held a well-received webinar on the Commission’s latest package of legislative initiatives in the copyright environment. This included a concise review and summary of the six draft directives, draft regulations, communications and impact assessments the commission has bundled in its “Second Copyright Package” as published on 14 September 2016.
Last week, four Hogan Lovells partners met virtually and discussed the impact of Brexit on the Commission’s Digital Single Market strategy as announced on 6th of May 2015 (COM(2015) 192 final) and as currently put into practice by way of numerous legislative initiatives. Don McGown (London), Winston Maxwell (Paris), Nils Rauer (Frankfurt) and Falk Schoening
The new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is finally with us. All change. All affected. Now is the time to pay attention. Businesses have two years to prepare for the new GDPR, which will become fully enforceable on 25 May 2018. Our Privacy and Cybersecurity team has issued an up to date practical guide,
Earlier today, the European Parliament voted by a large majority of MEPs (503 to 131) for the enactment of the long-awaited EU Directive on trade secrets. The text of the Directive has already been informally agreed to by the Member States’ Council of Ministers, so its passage into EU law is now something of a
The fifth and final part of our blog series on the European Commission´s action plan reforming copyright deals with the Commission’s plans for providing an effective and balanced enforcement system. Continue Reading