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HOLOCAUST ERA LOOTED ART

Miscellaneous - December 17, 2019

Indemnities in excess of 12 M € awarded to art collector heirs In 2016 rothpartners lodged a claim against the French government in order to recover and /or seek indemnification for artworks and other assets that were looted during the Nazi Occupation of France. The claim was lodged before the French Restitution Committee, the CIVS […]

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How to protect “Artificial Intelligence (AI)” effectively?

Guest writer - December 17, 2019

Luckily, artificial intelligence in its literal sense is just a buzzword. The terminology “Artificial Intelligence” was born during a Conference in Dartmouth 1956. Since then computer technology has made giant steps. But, until today the technical means to create intellectual capability matching those of humans does not exist. Hence, one differentiates between “weak AI” – […]

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A puzzle for EU trademark case law : About the cancellation of Rubik’s cube EU trademark

Intellectual property - December 17, 2019

It is a famous puzzle for children, but it is also becoming a puzzle for EU trademark case law. In a judgment handed down on 24 October 2019 (Case T-601/17), the General Court of the European Union (EGC) confirmed the cancellation of the European Union trademark consisting of the famous shape of the “Rubik’s cube” […]

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Berlin supervisory authority issues first multimillion fine in Germany under GDPR

Miscellaneous - December 17, 2019

On November 5, 2019 the Data Protection Authority of Berlin announced that it imposed a 14,5 million administrative fine against the German real estate company Deutsche Wohnen SE for storing personal data without legal grounds. In Berlin, Deutsche Wohnen SE owns around 116,000 apartments and is one of the most popular real estate company throughout […]

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Crisis and Insolvency

Guest writer - April 16, 2019

A glimpse on the changes to the Italian companies’ law following the recent approval of the new code of crisis and insolvency (formerly bankruptcy law) On 12th January 2019 the new “code of crisis and insolvency” has been published on Italian Official Gazette (legislative decree 14/2019), which has completely reformed the Italian bankruptcy law and […]

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“Big fail” for “Big Mac”: McDonald’s lost its rights to the EU trade mark “Big Mac“

Intellectual property - April 16, 2019

Launched in Pittsburgh in 1967, Big Mac has established itself worldwide as one of the most popular and iconic Mac Donald’s products. However, on January 11, 2019, the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) made an order for revocation of the European trademark “Big Mac” for non-use. This trademark was registered in classes 29 (prepared foods in particular), […]

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Data Protection in France and Germany – a 9 months review

Miscellaneous - April 16, 2019

The insecurity was great on 25 May 2018, when the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force across Europe. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in particular were afraid of the huge bureaucracy and costs involved. In fact, despite a two-year transition period and the big announcement, many latecomers did not adapt their regulations in […]

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European public procurement after Brexit : what are the prospects for United Kingdom ?

Miscellaneous - April 16, 2019

Since the British Government notified the European Council of its intention to leave the European Union and the withdrawal procedure provided for in article 50 TFEU has been initiated, there is a risk that the United Kingdom will be excluded from European public procurement in the absence of an agreement. The future of the UK with […]

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Relationship Tensions: protecting attorney/client privilege while respecting tax avoidance legislation

Corporate – Joint-Ventures - March 4, 2019

A number of legislative measures restraining the attorney-client privilege have been implemented in France during the past 20 years. The most controversial of these restraints affect tax attorneys, who are often authors of the out-lines of tax regularisation. As a fundamental ethi-cal principle of the profession, the attorney-client privilege is actively protected by French attorney […]

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Foreign investment into the UK is on the rise, Despite Brexit uncertainties

Guest writer - October 11, 2018

According to the Bank of England, the uncertainty around the UK’s planned departure from the European Union has led to a slowdown in the amount of foreign investment in UK companies. However, despite this, recent figures released by the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed that foreign investment into the UK’s high- growth […]

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