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 […]

The Cloud Infrastructure Services Providers in Europe (the “CISPE”), a coalition of technology companies focused on the provision of cloud computing infrastructure services across Europe (such as cloud tech giant Amazon Web Services), has established a new voluntary Data Protection Code of Conduct (the “Code”) to help cloud customers ensure that their cloud infrastructure provider […]

So far, February 2017 has been good to us copyright nerds. Two rather interesting judgements have been issued this month: Pirate Bay/Bredbandsbolaget – the judgement that Camilla wrote about yesterday and the Finnish Market Court’s judgement regarding the transfer of photo rights (so-called neighbouring rights), as discussed below. The Finnish Market Court case was, in […]

On 13 February 2017, the Swedish Market and Patent Court of Appeal ordered the Swedish ISP Bredbandsbolaget (the “Broadband Company”) to block the Pirate Bay and Swefilmer for the next three years. Universal Music, Sony Music, Warner Music, Nordisk Film and the Swedish Film Industry launched a lawsuit against the Broadband Company in 2014 and […]

Arvonlisäverotus uusien kysymysten edessä
February 15, 2017

Suomi on isojen valtiontaloudellisten haasteiden edessä. Hallitus tasapainoilee taloutta edistävän kilpailukykyisen verotuksen ja kasvavien julkisen talouden tarpeiden ristipaineessa. Kilpailukykyä ja tuottavuutta haetaan muun muassa veropoliittisilla ratkaisuilla, rakennemuutoksilla ja digitalisaatiolla. Valtioiden tiukassa verokilpailussa valtiontaloutta kompensoitaessa katse kääntyy yhä useammin kulutusverotukseen. Suunnitelmissa on myös merkittäviä rakenteellisia muutoksia, jolloin arvioidaan tarpeita siirtää omistajuutta julkiselta sektorilta, kuten valtiolta ja […]

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 […]