Less than 18 months from now, the new European Data Privacy Regulation ("GDPR") will take effect.
The future of the European Unified Patent Court (UPC) appears to look a bit clearer following recent ratification activities. On 16 January 2017, the Preparatory Committee for the UPC announced on its website that it is working under the assumption that the UPC can become operational in December 2017.
The New York State Department of Financial Services required Commerzbank to terminate the employment of a Germany-based employee on the basis that he played "a central role" in the breaching of US sanctions.
Morrison & Foerster LLP
On March 9, 2017 the German Federal Parliament passed the ninth amendment to the Act against Restraints of Competition (ARC) (Gesetz gegen Wettbewerbsbeschränkungen).
The General Court has upheld an opposition to the figurative mark for LUBELSKA (as shown above left), based on Lass & Steffen's earlier German word mark Lubeca.
The following provides a summary of issues that have attracted attention in the German M&A practice recently.
Reed Smith (Worldwide)
On 3 March 2017, the Bavarian Data Protection Authority (Bayerisches Landesamt für Datenschutzaufsicht – "DPA") issued a 160-page 7th activity report (Tätigkeitsbericht), covering years 2015 and 2016.
The question of whether a sequence of exercises, such as yoga poses or dance moves, can be copyrighted has occupied the attention of international courts, scholars and copyright offices for some time.
Das OLG Düsseldorf hat im sog. Süßwaren-Kartell bestätigt, dass nicht nur klassische Absprachen zwischen Unternehmen kartellrechtlich verboten sind...
Das Finanzgericht Köln hat am 1. Februar 2017 eine Entscheidung veröffentlicht zur steuerlichen Geltendmachung von Kartellbußgeldern.
Fieldfisher advised the management of PWK Group in respect of the structuring of a management buyout (MBO) at the side of the investors as well as on a shareholders' agreement with the equity partner HANNOVER Finanz.
Das Bundeskartellamt (BKartA) hat am 25. Januar 2017 Hinweise zum Preisbindungsverbot herausgegeben.
The Federal Cartel Office (BKartA) released draft guidelines on resale price maintenance on 25 January 2017.
Öffentlich-rechtliche Rundfunkanstalten dürfen Verlage nicht bei der Herausgabe von Zeitschriften unterstützen.
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
German competition law reform with a focus on civil follow-on actions in Germany.
P+P Pollath + Partners
In its decision of October 4, 2016 (IX R 43/15), the Federal Fiscal Court finally confirmed the taxation of management participations as capital gains.
Temporary agency workers may only be employed by the same hirer for 18 consecutive months. After that further employment is only possible after a 3 month gap.
As we reported last summer, Germany's Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) set up a centralized platform for receiving whistleblower complaints of alleged violations of supervisory provisions...