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  • More detail needed on EU data privacy initiative

    November 09, 2010

    The European Commission’s communication on improving individuals’ data privacy contains some interesting ideas but the details still need fleshing out, say lawyers

  • Commission calls for a single digital market

    November 09, 2010

    The European Commission will look to centralise collecting societies and other intermediaries between artists and consumers, commissioner Neelie Kroes suggested on Friday

  • Reform of collecting societies draws nearer

    November 09, 2010

    The organisation of Europe’s collecting societies, which is largely on a member state basis, has frustrated licensees for years. But more recently it has also denied users new ways of accessing music

  • New European privacy rules to affect online services

    November 05, 2010

    The European Commission has set out its strategy to strengthen data protection in the digital age, in a move that will have an impact on online businesses

  • Collecting societies back copyright levies

    October 27, 2010

    Collecting societies in Europe have defended the system of private copying compensation, following last week’s ruling in the Padawan case

  • Tech companies outline demands for levy overhaul

    October 26, 2010

    After Europe’s highest court ruled on copyright levies last week, the Commission indicated it would look again at the rules. Technology companies have their own ideas

  • Commission prepares to rethink copyright levy rules

    October 25, 2010

    The European Commission is considering whether it needs to clarify the rules on copyright levies after the Court of Justice ruled last week that they should not be applied indiscriminately to devices used legitimately by businesses

  • A guide to copyright levies

    October 20, 2010

    Manufacturers and retailers of recording devices have frequently complained about Europe’s patchwork of rules governing copying levies. At present there is no EU-wide system that governs whether a levy is charged and, if so, how high it is, and attempts by the European Commission to reform the rules have so far failed

  • Court of Justice to rule on copyright levies tomorrow

    October 20, 2010

  • Commission clears French plan for subsidised downloads

    October 12, 2010

    The European Commission has told the French government it can subsidise a legal music downloading service as a way of combating illegal file-sharing

  • Hearing on Premier League broadcasting kicks off

    October 04, 2010

    Judges at Europe’s top court will tomorrow begin considering whether country-specific broadcasting deals, such as those used to protect the showing of soccer matches, are anti-competitive

  • Politicians back EU-wide copyright licences

    September 24, 2010

    Members of the European Parliament want to create a single digital market by granting EU-wide copyright licences

  • MEPs voice ACTA opposition

    September 08, 2010

    A majority of members of the European Parliament have signed a declaration opposing aspects of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

  • Portakabin case leaves national courts to decide user confusion

    July 09, 2010

    Yesterday’s decision by Europe’s highest court has left open the question of how national courts will interpret an internet user’s confusion about where a Google AdWords advertisement originates, according to European practitioners

  • AstraZeneca ruling could mean more competition cases

    July 01, 2010

    The European Commission could be more likely to take action against IP owners for blocking competition, after a court today endorsed its AstraZeneca decision

  • Europe’s top court begins hearings in eBay case

    June 28, 2010

    Lawyers representing the two sides in a dispute about eBay’s use of keyword advertising made their cases before Europe’s highest court last week

  • Analysis: Court adopts sensible approach in designs case

    May 17, 2010

    Importing trade mark jurisprudence into European Community design law brings clarity and certainty, argues David Stone

  • EU trade mark plans attacked by users

    May 10, 2010

    Trade mark users’ associations in Europe have expressed "deep concern" about draft conclusions published by the EU’s Spanish presidency which aim to revise the legislation governing trade marks in Europe

  • EU could revoke domain names in cybercrime plan

    April 28, 2010

    An EU Council action plan to fight cybercrime includes the possibility for the EU to revoke domain names and IP addresses

  • What the Google AdWords case means for IP owners

    April 01, 2010

    Seven years after LVMH sued Google over its AdWords programme, Europe’s top court has ruled that the search engine is not liable under EU trade mark law. But that’s far from the end of the story

  • Advertisers beware Google ruling

    March 25, 2010

    Companies that advertise on Google using the search engine’s AdWords programme need to take a careful look at how their adverts will be assessed by consumers, lawyers have warned

  • Keyword decisions: two down, three to go

    March 23, 2010

    Tuesday’s ruling from Europe’s highest court is the first of five decisions due from the Court of Justice of the EU relating to the legality of Google’s AdWords programme, with the second following just two days later

  • Landmark EU judgment provides design guidance

    March 22, 2010

    PepsiCo has lost the latest round in its fight to register a design for promotional discs, in the first registered Community design case to be decided by the EU’s General Court

  • Amazon slams EU competition proposals

    February 01, 2010

    A senior in-house lawyer at has criticised European proposals that could see some brand owners allowed to ban retailers from selling their products online

  • Prospective commissioners set out their IP plans

    January 13, 2010

    EU officials hoping to form the next European Commission have outlined their agendas for IP policy over the next five years

  • Drug settlement deals under EU spotlight

    January 12, 2010

    The European Commission has asked originator and generic drugs companies to hand over copies of settlement deals they have agreed over the past 18 months

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