Tag Archives: European Commission

IoT Update: The E-Privacy Regulation – Impact on the IoT market

It is now four months after the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (“GDPR”) came into force. One of its objectives is to create uniform standards for data protection in Europe and to adapt data protection to technical progress. In addition, the “Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the respect for … Continue Reading

Covington IoT Update: Best Practices for Outsmarting Common Pitfalls in Smart City Projects

City leaders across the globe are predicted to spend upwards of $41 trillion by 2020 to deploy smart city technologies within their locales. From Toronto to Tokyo, cities are vying to harness the benefits of the Internet of Things (“IOT”) in order to help make their streets safer, transportation more efficient, and their environments greener. … Continue Reading

AI Update: European Commission Appoints Experts For Group on AI

Last month, the European Commission appointed 52 experts to its newly-established High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence (AI HLG).  Consisting of representatives from academia, civil society, as well as industry, the AI HLG’s is tasked with supporting the implementation of the European strategy on AI. The European Commission announced the formation of the AI HLG … Continue Reading

The DSM mid-term Platform Proposals

The Commission published the mid-term review of its Digital Single Market strategy today. The report reviews the development of the strategy over the last two years, and announces a number of new initiatives, including initiatives relating to important areas where action is needed to address digitization, including: (i) the free flow and accessibility of data, … Continue Reading

The European Commission’s Legislative Proposal on Audiovisual Media Services

In the context of its Digital Single Market (“DSM”) Strategy for the European Union (“EU”), the European Commission (“Commission”) published a proposal for an updated Audiovisual Media Services Directive (“AVMSD” or the “Directive”) on 25 May 2016 (the “Proposal”).  In its Communication on the DSM Strategy, the Commission indicated it would review the AVMSD “with … Continue Reading

The European Commission’s Approach to Online Platforms and the Collaborative Economy

In the context of its Digital Single Market (“DSM”) Strategy for the European Union (“EU”), the European Commission (“Commission”) published a Communication on Online Platforms and the Digital Single Market – Opportunities and Challenges for Europe (the “Communication”) on 25 May 2016.  The Communication sets out the Commission’s conclusions and proposals based on the Commission’s … Continue Reading

The European Commission’s Legislative Proposal on Unjustified Geo-Blocking

On 25 May 2016, the European Commission (“Commission”) unveiled a package of measures in the context of its Digital Single Market (“DSM”) Strategy for the European Union (“EU”) that included four legislative proposals designed to boost e-commerce in the EU by tackling unjustified geo-blocking, cross-border parcel delivery, consumer protection and EU audiovisual rules.  The package … Continue Reading

Standard Essential Patents and FRAND Licensing: An Update from Europe

This post highlights material recent developments in Europe concerning standard essential patents (SEPs) and FRAND licensing, including Samsung’s commitments proposed in the context of the ongoing antitrust probe of the European Commission (see our previous post). Samsung’s Commitments Proposal   In its commitments proposal, Samsung offered not to seek injunctions based on its patents essential to … Continue Reading

What does the Commission’s Reuters Instrument Codes settlement mean for refusals to license essential inputs?

by Miranda Cole and Christos Malamataris On 20 March, the European Commission published its decision settling the Reuters Instrument Codes (“RICs”) Case.  The Commission’s investigation focused on whether the restrictions imposed by Thomson Reuters (previously Reuters) on the licensing of RICs amounted to the abuse of a dominant position (in breach of Article 102 TFEU) … Continue Reading

European Commission Consults on Revised Competition Regime for Technology Transfer Agreements

By John Wileur, Jennifer Boudet, and Miranda Cole The European Commission published for consultation its proposal for revisions to the EU technology transfer competition regime yesterday.  The Commission is consulting on its proposals until 17 May 2013. The EU’s approach to the application of competition law to technology transfer agreements is set out in two … Continue Reading

European Commission Sends Statement of Objections to Samsung

By Jennifer Boudet After launching a formal investigation almost a year ago, the European Commission sent a Statement of Objections (SO) to Samsung on 21 December 2012.  The Commission is taking a preliminary view that Samsung’s actions seeking injunctive relief against Apple in various EU countries based on its telecom standard essential patents (SEPs) amount … Continue Reading

European Commission’s Survey on Intellectual Property Enforcement Seeks Input on Potentially Anticompetitive Litigation

On 30 November 2012, the European Commission launched a public consultation to assess the efficiency and accessibility of civil enforcement measures for intellectual property (IP) rights in the EU Member States.  Notably, the survey asks a number of questions on the use of injunctions and other enforcement measures for “frivolous and/or anticompetitive purposes.” As part … Continue Reading

European Commission Establishes European Cloud Partnership Steering Board

By Ezra Steinhardt and Fredericka Argent The first meeting of the new Steering Board of the European Cloud Partnership (“ECP”) was held this week in Brussels.  The meeting, and the formation of the Steering Board, represent some of the first concrete steps towards the implementation of the European Commission’s plan to develop Europe’s cloud computing … Continue Reading

U.S., EU Officials Highlight Consensus on Need for Clarification of FRAND Commitments

Alongside the Article 102 TFEU standard essential patents (“SEP”) complaints that the European Commission is investigating against Samsung and Motorola Mobility, the European Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission are actively encouraging standards setting organisations to provide greater clarity regarding the scope and implications of FRAND commitments offered by SEP right … Continue Reading
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