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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]