Austria: New guidelines for state aid for climate, environment and energy

As part of the Green Deal of the European Commission, the eagerly awaited draft of the guidelines for state aid for climate, environmental protection and energy 2022 was published for consultation on June 7, 2021 . The 2022 guidelines succeed the guidelines for state aid for environmental protection and energy 2012-2020. The deadline for submitting comments is August 2nd, 2021.

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The ECJ’s VG Bild-Kunst case: Are there (legal) limitations to the use of links?

YES – In its previous case law, the court has recognised the importance of hyperlinks for the operation of the World Wide Web and for freedom of speech. On these grounds, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) generously allowed the use of links to make third-party content accessible via one’s own website.

NFTs and branding – does trademark protection need to be considered?

Whenever new technology is developed it should be protected as (utility) patent – or kept secret (trade secrets). The new products and/or services resulting from the new invention will usually be commercialised under a specific name – a brand that can be protected as a trademark. Additionally the question arises as to whether there is already a generic name for such product/service or whether the invention created a completely new thing that is not yet reflected in the Nice Classification, the international classification of goods and services used by most IP offices for the registration of trademarks. Therefore, we considered whether the (virtual) goods and services offered in connection with NFTs can already be found in the Nice Classification for trademark applications.

Blockchain and (un)real estate

Blockchain technology has – so far – not lead to a transfer of the world’s land registers onto this technology or to a “tokenization” of title (documents). The only significant exception in this respect is Georgia, where a purchaser’s title to real property can be registered by execution of a smart contract.

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Funds & Investment Management Update – Ireland and Luxembourg – Q2 2021

This quarter’s highlights include the coming into force of the Investment Firms Directive and the Investment Firms Regulation, a number of AML developments, ESMA’s publication of funds’ marketing communications guidance and the CBI’s call for UCITS managers to review their liquidity risk management frameworks. Other notable developments include the CSSF’s updated guidance on granting loans to the public and updates to its UCITS and AIFM FAQs, the publication of a Circular on remote working as well as further EU sustainable finance developments.

The ILC Articles at 20: Introduction to the Symposium by Prof. Christian Tams and Dr Federica Paddeu

The Articles on the Responsibility of States for Internationally Wrongful Acts (Articles), developed by the International Law Commission (ILC), turn 20 this year. On 9 August 2001 – 45 years after the first report by Special Rapporteur Francisco García-Amador on the topic, after 5 Special Rapporteurs and 34 reports by them – the ILC adopted the final text of the Articles, thus bringing to an end work that (in the words of Rosalyn Higgins) were it not for the Commission‘s broad understanding of responsibility, ‘should on the face of it [have] take[n] one summer’s work’.

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