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EU Design Reform Package: More efficient, Affordable, and Future-proof Design Protection Ahead

On 28 November 2022, the European Commission adopted proposals for a revised Regulation and Directive on industrial designs. The proposals, that are now sent to the European Parliament and Council for adoption, are aimed at modernizing the EU design system and the harmonized national design protection laws.… Continue Reading

CJEU ruling may end the practice of principal/agent forum shopping within the EU

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), Europe’s highest court, has recently handed down an interesting judgment on agency contracts. It ruled that express choice of law provisions will not be enforced in the EU against some commercial agents despite the general legal principle that parties should be free to choose governing law … Continue Reading

Review of the European Commercial Agents Directive

As part of its Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme the European Commission has announced that it intends to evaluate the Commercial Agent’s Directive (86/653/EC) during 2014.  The results of this evaluation could have implications for technology companies doing business in the EU. This well-established but relatively unknown Directive grants commercial agents in the European Union … Continue Reading