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Invoking Copyright to Block the Submission of Evidence? Nice Try, But No Cigar!
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, November 2020

The Court of Justice of the European Union delivers judgments regarding the concept of “communication to the public” faster than legal scholars can read and dissect them. While we are eagerly awaiting the Court’s analysis of different types of hyperlinking, it has taken less than two months to follow Advocate General Hogan’s opinion regarding the emailing of evidence containing copyrighted works to a court in legal proceedings...

Attention Points for Retail Sector Employers Considering Dismissing Employees
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, November 2020

As the retail sector is one of the sectors most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, employers within it might be considering dismissing employees for economic or technical reasons...

Fine Practices of the Data Protection Supervisory Authorities Under Scrutiny
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, November 2020

The German Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (BfDI) sees the decision as a success: On November 11, 2020, the District Court of Bonn reduced the fine imposed on 1&1 Telekom GmbH for a data protection breach from an original EUR 9.55 million to EUR 990,000.00, thereby fundamentally calling into question the fine practices of the German supervisory authorities...

The Acceleration of Retail Technology
Shoosmiths LLP, November 2020

Shoosmiths’ digital media expert and Partner, Sherif Malak, examined the multitude of predicted developments in retail, and the legal challenges that accompany them, in an article published in the Lawyer.  Here we reiterate Sherif’s published thoughts on likely trends. Introduction The COVID-19 crisis has brought a renewed focus to the role of retail technology and models, as the industry seeks to reimagine the retail landscape over the next year and beyond...

Moving from Brexit 1.0 to Brexit 2.0
Shoosmiths LLP, November 2020

What will UK data protection look like after Brexit 2.0 on 31 December 2020? Regime 1: the 'UK GDPR': the UK's new bespoke version together with the Data Protection Act 2018 The UK GDPR will be the UK data protection regime based on the 'EU GDPR' (see below)...

Implementation of 2018-2022 National Strategy for the Protection of Switzerland Against Cyber Risks – Quarterly Report
Walder Wyss Ltd., November 2020

On 19 October 2020 the Federal Council's Cyber Committee adopted a report on the advancement of the 2018-2022 national strategy for the protection of Switzerland against cyber risks (2018-2022 NCS) and its gradual implementation. The report focuses mainly on the progress made in supporting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and promoting research and training...

Exceptional Rules for Products to Prevent Spread of COVID-19
PLMJ, November 2020

Introduction The rapid spread of COVID-19 pandemic has led to a significant increase in demand for medical devices (MDs) and personal protective equipment (PPE), masks for social use (textile articles) and other products destined to prevent the spread of the disease. As a result, it became clear that there was insufficient supply to meet existing needs during the state of emergency and the subsequent period...

Home Office - A Risk for Privacy and Cyber Security? What Companies Need To Do
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, November 2020

The Coronavirus pandemic has caused a shift in the paradigm of modern-day workplaces. Companies across the globe have seen a rapid and widespread shift to remote work, making compliance with the GDPR harder than ever. The Federal Office of Information Security (BSI), in its recent report on the ‘State of IT Security in Germany 2020’, expressed its concern and indicated a ‘tense situation’ for data protection in the country...

COVID-19: Entry of Foreign Executives and Businesspeople
Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co., November 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in March 2020 Israel imposed significant restrictions on foreign nationals' entry into Israel. As a general rule, the entry of foreigners into Israel is prohibited, except for a limited list of exceptional cases (for further details please see "COVID-19: exceptional cases in which Population and Immigration Authority will allow foreigners to enter Israel")...

Can Parallel Importers Rebrand Generic Medicines?
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, November 2020

If a branded medicine and its generic version are put on the EEA market by economically linked undertakings, is a parallel importer then allowed to rebrand and repackage the imported generic version as the branded reference medicine? This has been a hotly debated issue in recent years and recently led the Brussels Court of Appeal (CoA) to refer three questions to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) (Cases C-253/20 and C-254/20)...

Coronavirus: Mandatory Remote Working
PLMJ, November 2020

Decree-Law 94-A/2020 of 3 November amends, among others, Decree-Law 79-A/2020 of 30 September, which established “exceptional, transitional arrangements for reorganisation of work”. Its aim was to minimise the spread of COVID-19. The Decree-Law makes remote working mandatory for all workers whose place of work is located in a geographical area where the epidemiological situation justifies it...

Do Not Forget to Provide Any of Your Employees Who Must be Present in Your Workplace with a Document to Certify this Fact
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, November 2020

Belgium is, for the second time, in lockdown. The new Ministerial Decree of 1 November 2020 stipulates that, as from today until 13 December 2020, all workers are obliged to telework. However, an exception applies when either the employee’s role or the continuity of business operations, activities and services does not allow for teleworking...

New Swiss DLT Regulation as of 2021
Walder Wyss Ltd., October 2020

On 25 September 2020 Parliament approved new regulations for Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT).(1) The goal of this new legal framework is to further establish and increase Switzerland's reputation as a leading, innovative and sustainable location for fintech and DLT companies. DLT framework DLT allows shared data management and, in particular, shared accounting among participants that do not know or do not trust each other's identity...

New Teleworking Rules to Limit Further Spread of COVID-19
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, October 2020

Introduction On 16 October 2020 the government reinforced the urgent measures to limit the further spread of COVID-19. Teleworking is no longer highly recommended, but has become the standard for all employees whose roles allow for telework. Yet, the new rule is less far-reaching than that in place during the first lockdown in March 2020, as an exception now applies when the continuity of business operations, activities and services does not allow for teleworking...

Coronavirus Digest No. 5 Patents and Other Intellectual Property Rights
PLMJ, October 2020

The world is desperately seeking a vaccine and treatments against COVID-19 and the answer will also be found in intellectual property. For this reason, PLMJ and Inventa International have joined forces toprepare a Digest on these issues that is continuously updated...

Additional Fiscal Measures in the Context of COVID-19 - Tax Flash no.16/2020
Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen, October 2020

27.10.2020 –Emergency Ordinance no...

COVID-19 Legal & Tax Resource Center: Moving Forward Together
Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen, October 2020

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues to put pressure on the public and private sectors alike. As we are entering new phases of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have to switch our focus towards safely and gradually reopening our businesses and economies while continuing to implement prevention measures...

Coronavirus Angola: Update of Public Calamity Situation Measures
PLMJ, October 2020

Due to the worrying evolution of the epidemiological situation currently afflicting the country, Presidential Decree no. 276/20 of 23 October 2020 has been enacted to update the preventive and control measures for the spread of COVID-19. Overall, there is a strengthening of the previous preventive measures established in Presidential Decree no. 256/20, of 8 October 2020...

Special Public Procurement Measures
PLMJ, October 2020

A. Introduction and sequence The final vote on Draft Law 41/XIV was held on 16 October and the new law establishes special public procurement measures and amends both the Public Procurement Code and the Code of Procedure in AdministrativeCourts. Given the number, releva nce a nd depth of the amendments introduced by the approval of the draft law, we are now assessing the new special public procurement measures and the amendments to the codes mentioned above will be addressed later on...

Angola: New Local Content Rules for the Oil Sector
PLMJ, October 2020

The new legal framework applicable to the Angolan oil sector was approved by Presidential Decree 271/20 of 20 October (the "Decree"). The Decree makes a substantial change to the rules on local Angolan content applicable in the sector and it naturally repeals Order 127/03 of 25 November. The new legal framework now extends to service providers and suppliers of goods and services to the oil sector ("Providers") and not only which oil companies (i.e...

Revised Data Protection Act Approved
Walder Wyss Ltd., October 2020

On 25 September 2020 Parliament approved the final draft of the revised Data Protection Act (rev-DPA).(1) The rev-DPA is expected to enter into force in 2022. However, it is subject to a facultative referendum and the corresponding ordinance will be adapted accordingly – thus, the rev-DPA is still a work in progress...

Recent Changes to Value Added Tax
PLMJ, October 2020

E-commerce: New VAT rules Law 47/2020 was published on 24 August to implement articles 2 and 3 of Council Directive (EU) 2017/2455 of 5 December 2017, and Council Directive (EU) 2019/1995 of 21 November 2019, modifying the operation of the Value Added Tax (“VAT”) system in intra-EU and international e-commerce. This legislation enters into force on 1 January 2021...

COVID-19 State Aid to be Prolonged
Mamo TCV Advocates, October 2020

As a result of the unprecedented circumstances we are currently facing, a number of measures were adopted to ease the challenges that various businesses are facing. In this regard, the European Commission adopted the State aid Temporary Framework (the "Framework") on 19th March, 2020, which has subsequently been amended a number of times to reflect the ever-changing nature of how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting the economy...

Arendt Weekly Update - 16 October 2020
Arendt & Medernach, October 2020

The Arendt Weekly Update is a newsletter designed to give you the insight you need without overloading your mailbox. It lists the latest news, topical webinars, training courses and more. NEWSFLASHES   Budget 2021: various tax measures to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and support a sustainable recovery On 14 October 2020, the Luxembourg government filed the budget bill 7666 with the Luxembourg parliament...

The Impact of VAT on Your Business in China
PLMJ, October 2020

Defining your strategy and analysing the market are crucial when making the decision to invest in China, but the tax efficiency of the business has its own specific issues and investors should not neglect them either. The Chinese tax system has particular characteristics that you must get to know before investing. In this informative note, we will address some basic aspects of value added tax and the invoicing system...

 

 

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