Back in January, the Commission published a proposal for a Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications (the “E-Privacy Regulation”) to replace the current E-Privacy Directive (2002/58/EC). This was after the proposal had initially been leaked right before the Christmas holidays in 2016, which I commented on in a previous blog post here on our Hannes […]

Finnish Supreme Court decisions in the field of IP law are a rare treat. Last week, however, the Finnish Supreme Court gave an interesting decision (KKO:2017:42) on the distinctiveness of 3D trademarks.  The case concerned Abloy Oy’s (“Abloy”) registered 3D trademarks protecting the shape of key blanks, i.e. the part of the key held onto […]

On 8 June 2016, the European Council adopted the EU Trade Secrets Directive (EU) 2016/943 (the “Directive”) on the protection of undisclosed know-how and business information against their unlawful acquisition, use and disclosure. The aim of the Directive is to harmonise the existing diversity of protection of trade secrets in Member States and to provide […]

The Consumer Ombudsmen of Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway met in Helsinki in the beginning of May to discuss several consumer protection issues relating to the digital society. The topics discussed varied from consumer legislation in the digital economy to consumer protection issues in connection with the Internet of Things. One of the discussed themes […]

As probably has come to your notice, a new EU regulation covering processing of personal data, the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), will take effect on 25 May 2018. Although the GDPR will be directly applicable in all EU member states, national laws need to be amended in order to implement additional requirements where the […]

On 10 May 2017, the European Patent Office granted CRISPR Therapeutics a patent broadly covering gene-editing technology. CRISPR is an acronym for clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats. These are short palindromic DNA repeats found in bacterial genomes. The patent relates to the methods and compositions for RNA-directed target DNA modification and RNA-directed transcription modulation. […]

The Article 29 Working Party (the WP29), which is an independent advisory board on data protection and privacy, has adopted Guidelines (in English) on Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) on 4 April 2017. The guidelines define when and how an impact assessment should be carried out pursuant to the EU General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 […]

Since 2010, the European Union member states have co-operated on the creation of unitary patent protection. The unitary patent is a new European patent granted by the European Patent Office (EPO) and the Unified Patent Court to be established will have exclusive competence over European patents and European patents with unitary effect. However, ratification of […]

A year ago in February 2016, the European Commission launched an Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) platform. The ODR platform’s purpose is to resolve disputes between consumers and businesses arising from a good or service purchased online within the EU. It works cross-border, is faster, simpler and more cost efficient than going to court, offering benefits […]

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