European Union

  • IP: Do we need an image rights registry?

    The Bailiwick of Guernsey, an island 30 miles off the coast of France, is home to just 65,000 people. It is loyal to the British Crown, but is not part of the U.K. or a member of the European Union. That independence gives its legislature a degree of freedom which...

  • EU Court of Justice limits software copyright protection

    European software developers may be smirking today. The Court of Justice of the European Union ruled yesterday that functions performed by computer programs are not entitled to copyright protection.

  • IT and legal perspectives on data security

    When it comes to a company’s data, both the IT and legal departments should be involved and understand how the data flows and where it resides.

  • IP: Olympic effort to stop ambush marketing

    Officials are carefully watching for all forms of infringement at London’s summer games

  • Drowning in international waters?

    The sweeping effects of globalization continue to transform the economic fortunes of many organizations. Companies that were previously content to limit their business operations to the U.S. are now branching into international markets in an effort to increase their revenues. As organizations push farther into unchartered economic waters, they are...

  • IP: Is the U.S. fashionably late to the party?

    Contrary to popular opinion, fashion is not just about branding. Believe it or not, the style, quality and originality of the product are actually quite important too. Is it not therefore important that we should have laws to protect a product’s uniqueness that are comparable to the trademark laws that...

  • U.S. airlines drop lawsuit against EU carbon emissions law

    A group of U.S. airlines have dropped their private lawsuit against the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme, which implemented a law January 1 that taxes airlines for carbon emissions on transatlantic flights.

  • EU updates data protection rules

    Data Protection Regulation expands EU's jurisdiction

  • IP: Is ACTA Europe’s SOPA?

    On Jan. 18, 2012, neglected encyclopaedias were taken down from bookshelves, as Wikipedia.com closed its virtual doors to people in the English-speaking world. They did so in protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA), two pieces of prospective U.S. legislation regarding the...

  • EU suspends international anti-counterfeiting pact ratification

    It may take a little longer for Europe to get on the same page as many of its industrialized peers when it comes to intellectual property rights. The European Commission today suspended its efforts to ratify the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), which seeks to establish international standards for intellectual property...

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