By Barbara van der Ven Is it possible to patent the sequence (or partial sequence) of human genes? Genetic research is very important in the fields of diagnosis and treatment of genetic disorders, infectious diseases and non communicable diseases. From the very beginning, genetic research has always been connected with moral and ethical questions, such as […]
By Anke Holtland, Jacobine van Beijeren The Dutch Data Protection Authority published its decision last week to impose a processing ban on the Minister of Finance for the processing of Citizen Service Numbers ( BSNs ) in VAT identification numbers by the Tax Authorities. Background of the use of BSNs The Tax and Customs Administration is charged with providing VAT […]
By Marc Wiggers, Thomas Verstraeten On 17 December 2018, the European Commission (‘Commission’) announced that it had imposed an antitrust fine of EUR 40 million on clothing company Guess for illegally restricting its resellers from using the Guess brand names and trademarks for the purposes of online search advertising and making cross-border sales of Guess […]
By Stéphanie De Smedt, Alice Boulvain. Aleksandra Sanak The EU Geo-blocking Regulation applies since 3 December 2018. It impacts many businesses that sell their goods and services online or offline across the EU, including companies offering food supplements or (over-the-counter) medicines, who now need to make sure they comply with these new rules.
By Bas Dieleman, Robin van der Ham, Laurie Kuijpers The Senate adopted the bill for the implementation of Directive 2016/2341 / EU (“IORP II”) yesterday, on 18 December 2018. The intended date for the entry into force of IORP II is 1 January 2019. The implementation of IORP II leads to various changes to the […]
There have been several changes to the planning system in recent months, reflecting the response to Covid-19 and most recently in support of the Prime Minister’s evocation to ‘build, build, build’.
Remember the wearable tech fail of Google Glass? Legal tech should never be about tech for tech’s sake. It needs to serve your business’ needs, so you can tackle the challenges you face head on smarter, faster and better.
The Department for Social Security or more commonly referred to as ‘DSS’, was the government department responsible for providing benefit payments. The department was however replaced in 2001 by the Department of Work and Pensions. In the case of Rosie Keogh v Nicholas George Ltd, the complainant contacted a local letting agent regarding a property […]
In a recent decision (4A_613/2019, 11 May 2020), the Swiss Federal Supreme Court (Supreme Court) followed the practice of the Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO) as it held that the singling out of single features from two separate lists of features and therefore the combination of these two specific features constitutes an extension of the subject-matter of the patent application leading to its nullity.
In March 2020, the CMA established a dedicated COVID-19 taskforce to identify, monitor and respond to competition and consumer concerns arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and the task force has already been contacted more than 80,000 times.
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Firms will make smart choices when their next office move comes Attention has been focused on law firms’ own real estate ever since the pandemic began and there were plenty of developments this week, with Milbank delaying its office move to 100 Liverpool Street, Freshfields scheming how its move into 100 Bishopsgate will work, Stephenson Harwood […]
Up to 110 jobs are at risk of redundancy at Irwin Mitchell after the firm indicated it was responding to the long-term change in working patterns triggered by Covid-19. The national outfit today announced the next phase of its response to the pandemic, claiming that redundancy consultations are a direct result of an increased shift […]
A partner at RPC has left the firm after three years, following accusations that she concealed information in order to fool her own client. Nicola Cain, who joined the firm in 2017 from the BBC, was acting for former MI6 agent Christopher Steele and his company, Orbis Business Intelligence. Steele was defending a claim brought […]
Herbert Smith Freehills is acting for Chelsea’s former manager Antonio Conte in a dispute against a UK-based asset management company and its director. While representing Conte and seven other investors during a hearing in July, HSF partner Chris Bushell was successful in convincing the commercial court that it should grant a freezing order against Kidman […]
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Milbank has delayed the move into its new 100 Liverpool Street HQ while it waits for the new office to be fully completed. The Lawyer understands that the firm has renegotiated an extension of its lease at 10 Gresham Street with its landlords till the end of the year, while the fit-out at its new […]