Non-Disclosure Agreements

A non-disclosure agreement (NDA) is a contract (or a part of a contract) between at least two organisations which governs confidential material, knowledge, or information that the organisations wish to share with one another, but wish to restrict access to, and not disclose the confidential information publicly. The NDA can also be...

Artificial Intelligence: Challenges to the Intellectual Property Rights Framework

The European Union published in November 2020 a report on the challenges to the Intellectual Property Rights framework by the development of artificial intelligence. The report focussed in particular on the fields of copyright and patent law as this is the area in which the challenges are increasingly found. The...

Dot.EU domain names suspended

The beginning of 2021 saw the end of the transition period whilst the United Kingdom exited the European Union. As a result, companies and individuals based in the UK can no longer hold .EU domain names as only the following persons, companies or organisations are eligible to register .eu domain...

Counterfeiting and Piracy Hotspots

The European Commission’s recently published its second Counterfeit and Piracy Watch List. This list names websites and physical marketplaces located outside of the EU (but are often accessible to European consumers) that are reported to engage in, facilitate or benefit from counterfeiting and piracy. These activities undermine the intellectual property...

EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement

The European Union and the United Kingdom finally completed their negotiations on a trade and cooperation agreement on Christmas Eve. The published text is available both on the European Commission's and the UK government's website. It comprises 1246 pages of dense text including a number of annexes. In addition there...

Taking back control leads to GDPR hurdles in the flow of personal data to the UK

In May 2018, the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the UK’s Data Protection Act 2018 came into force. Embedded in the EU Digital Single Market Strategy, the GDPR regulates the handling of personal data of individuals (so-called data subjects) by e.g. companies or other entities engaged in economic...

Brexit – Impact sur les droits de Propriété Industrielle

Le retrait du Royaume-Uni de l'Union européenne soulève un certain nombre de questions concernant l'impact sur les droits de PI existants et futurs. La fin de la phase transitoire du Brexit, réglementée par l'accord sur le retrait du Royaume-Uni, de la Grande-Bretagne et de l'Irlande du Nord de l'Union européenne...