On 24 January 2017, the Office of the Data Protection Ombudsman published guidance (in Finnish) for companies on how to prepare for the upcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”).  Although the guidance serves as a high-level introduction to the GDPR, it unfortunately does not go into specific details of the GDPR. Thus, it does […]

Finnish Marketing Law: Sales Cannot Go on Forever
January 31, 2017

If a retailer offers the same discounts continuously for more than two months or alternatively for more than three months per calendar year, the discounted prices are not actually considered discounted prices but rather permanent prices of the retailer. Advertising the price as a discounted price in such a case is deemed to constitute misleading […]

The EU Commission’s proposal for a new Regulation on e-privacy leaked before the holidays. The draft text of the Commission’s proposal for a Regulation repealing the Directive on Privacy and Electronic Communications (2002/58/EC) was not intended to be published until 2017, but the draft text of the proposal leaked. The official version of the proposal […]

On Tuesday 13 December, the Article 29 Working Party (an independent European advisory body on data protection and privacy, comprising of representatives of national data protection authorities) published its first set of guidelines on the General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”). The guidelines and associated FAQ cover the following areas: Right to data portability (Guidance […]

EU Copyright Reform – Where Are We Now?
December 7, 2016

In May 2015, the European Commission published a Digital Single Market Strategy (“DSM”). Modifying copyright rules to reflect new technologies and to make the rules simpler and clearer has been one of the Commission’s key efforts in the 16 initiatives it has set under the DSM. The main components of the copyright reform have been […]

IP Advice in Garage Overalls
December 2, 2016

We spent the November-December shift spreading the joyful message of the importance of IP to start-ups at the Helsinki Slush conference. Hannes Snellman also co-hosted a Slush related event called IPR Garage with amongst others, IPR University Center. Dressed up in yellow garage overalls we gave Start-ups and investors hands-on IP advice. The significance of […]

In its judgment in case C-148/15 of October 19th, 2016, the European Court of Justice concluded that the German legislation on fixed prices for pharmacies’ sales of prescription medicinal products constitutes a restriction of the free movement of goods, and that such restriction could not be justified on grounds of it being necessary in protecting […]

As from October 6th, 2016, the Consumer Ombudsman will be able to issue cease and desist orders, information orders and orders prescribing traders to provide certain technical aids with immediate effect in cases of minor importance. Compared to the earlier wording of the relevant section of the Marketing Practices Act (Swe. marknadsföringslagen (2008:486)), this is […]

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