In order to enhance the digital growth of the European Union, the Commission has proposed a new regulation to govern the free flow of non-personal data in the EU (COM(2017)495). In combination with the already existing rules on personal data protection under the General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”), the proposed legal framework is important […]

Shedding Light on Trade Secrets
October 9, 2017

To the excitement of many of us, the rather fuzzy concept of a trade secret under Finnish law is becoming clearer. The Pirkanmaa District Court recently gave a detailed decision in which it pondered what constitutes a trade secret. Furthermore, as my colleague Camilla wrote on our blog earlier, the EU Directive on the Protection […]

The new Act on Public Procurement entered into force at the beginning of January 2017. The act is based on the Procurement Directives issued in 2014. Another significant reform, the General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”), was simultaneously prepared in the EU, and it sets more strict and detailed requirements for the handling and processing […]

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 […]