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Newssquare Trade Mark Offensive 2017 - Amendments to the Austrian Trade Mark Protection Act

New regulations to the EU's Trade Mark Law were established with Regulation EU 2015/2424 of the European Parliament and of the Council and Directive EU 2015/2436 of the European Parliament and of the Council from 16.12.2015, which entered into force as of 1 October 2017. By implementing the Trade Mark Directive, the Austrian legislators have adapted the Austrian Trade Mark Protection Act (MSchG) to the European requirements within the amendment BGBl I Nr. 124/2017 from 1.8.2017 comprehensively. The amendment to the Trade Mark Protection Act has been in effect since 1 September 2017 for the most part and facilitates the application process in a number of ways.

Newssquare EU Court of Justice Rules on Intel Case – Exclusivity Rebates not Per Se Unlawful

On 6 September 2017, the Court of Justice of the European Union ("CJEU") delivered its long-awaited judgment in the Intel case. The CJEU quashed the 2014 judgment of the General Court ("GC") which had upheld a fine of EUR 1.06 billion imposed on Intel by the European Commission ("Commission") in 2009. Intel had been accused of abusing its dominant position by granting exclusivity rebates to customers.

Newssquare News from the Austrian Parliament

Rights to withdraw from an Insurance Contract will be harmonised in Austria

Newssquare The First Action Plan for the Application of the GDPR has been Published by the Romanian Data Protection Authority

WHAT IS TO BE DONE BY DATA CONTROLLERS?

On September 21st, 2017, the National Supervisory Authority for Personal Data Processing ("RDPA") published on its website a Guidance regarding the application of the General Data Protection Regulation (the "Guidance"), for the benefit of the data controllers performing personal data processing activities that fall under the jurisdiction of the Romanian law.

Newssquare Amendments to EU Council Regulation on the EU Trade Mark Enter into Force on 1 October 2017

On 23 March 2016, new regulations to the EU's Trademark Directive entered into force with Directive EU 2015/2424 of the European Parliament and of the Council. Based upon secondary legislation, a number of further provisions will be effective as of 1 October 2017 and shall facilitate the application of trade marks in Europe.

Newssquare Revised Slovenian civil procedure - a step closer to faster dispute resolution?

The amended Slovenian Civil Procedure Act ("ZPP-E") will enter into force on 14

September 2017 and will govern all proceedings initiated after this date.

Newssquare Amendments to the Croatian Foreigners Act

On 30 June 2017, the Croatian Parliament adopted extensive amendments to the existing Foreigners Act in order to implement relevant EU legislation and clarify certain provisions subject to different interpretation in practice.

Newssquare Nullity of Loan Agreements Concluded with Foreign Lenders in Croatia

Following the initiative of several consumer organizations, and based on allegations that the constitutional order has been disrupted by the lending operations of unauthorized foreign lenders, the Croatian Parliament unanimously passed the Act on Nullity of Loan Agreements with International Elements Concluded in the Republic of Croatia with Unauthorized Lenders ("Act") which entered into force on 29 July 2017. The Act has already been labelled as controversial for its retroactive effect and Croatia seems to continue down the path started by the 2015 amendments to the Consumer Credit Act forcing a retroactive conversion of CHF denominated loans.

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