October 2017 has been a busy month for the Article 29 Working Party (the “WP29”), a group that consists of EU data protection authorities. The WP29 has recently published three new guidelines and revised some earlier guidelines on the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”). The recent guidance includes proposed guidelines on […]

As suggested in a recent blog post, a first-ever Finnish Trade Secrets Act has now been proposed. On 18 October, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland received a report from the working party on the national implementation of the Trade Secrets Directive ((EU) 2016/943, the “Directive”). The working party proposes that a […]

Legality of the Standard Contractual Clauses Referred to the CJEU The Standard Contractual Clauses (the “SCCs” or the “EU Model Clauses”) have provided a mechanism for transferring personal data outside the EEA when incorporated into a contract between controllers or a controller and a processor. These model clauses have been adopted by the European Commission […]

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 […]

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 […]