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The French National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) approves the geographical indication "Porcelaine de Limoges"

A Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) is an official sign of origin and quality implemented by European regulation in 1992 and now governed by the Regulation n°1151/2012 of 21 November 2012. Originally limited to specific food products that bore geographical names and linked to their......



Sapin II law: What are the new obligations for companies?

The law n°2016-1691of 9 December 2016 targeting transparency, anti-bribery and the modernization of the economic life, known as "Loi Sapin II" imposes new requirements for some companies and notably:

1.         for companies having at least 50......



Every slogan is not a trademark

To be eligible as a trademark, a slogan, as any other sign, shall bear a distinctive character, meaning it shall serve as an indication of origin for the covered products and services and not be limited to a promotional function. ...



Digital platforms: the decrees strengthening transparency and loyalty obligations are published

Under the Act for a Digital Republic (loi pour une République Numérique) dated 7 October 2016, three decrees have been signed on 29 September 2017 in order to strengthen the transparency and the loyalty of digital platforms as described in article L. 111-7 of the consumer Code......



Connected vehicles and personal data

The development of connected vehicles has raised many concerns from drivers concerning the protection of their personnel data. ...



ECHR sets out the circumstances under which employees messages can be monitored

In its decision dated 5 September 2017, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) sets out the circumstances under which employers can monitor their employees’ personal electronic communications at their workplace. It also states under which circumstances employers can use the......



In light of the Equifax and CareFirst data hacking...

In light of the Equifax and CareFirst data hacking cases in the United States, Anne‑Solène Gay was interviewed by Le Figaro on the French legal framework regarding class actions concerning personal data.

Article in Le Figaro.fr tech & web by Elisa Braun published on 14 September 2017:......



Space law: Luxembourg authorises the commercial exploitation of space resources

On the 13 July 2017, in the context of a program entitled "spaceresources.lu", Luxembourg passed a law authorising exploration and commercial use of space resources. This law which came into force on the 1st of August 2017 gives private stakeholders, subject to the granting of a prior......



G29: new opinion on data processing at work

The Opinion n°2/2017 (WP 249) adopted by the G29 on 8 June 2017 aims at evaluating the risks resulting from the use of new technologies at work especially in terms of respect of employees’ privacy.

This opinion comes in the wake of Directive 95/46/CE on the protection of individuals with......



The French Competition Authority launched a public consultation relating to online advertising

By a decision of 23 May 2016, the French Competition Authority (Autorité de la concurrence) decided at its own initiative to conduct a sector inquiry concerning online advertising in order to better understand the competitive situation and the conditions of data processing....


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