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  • Commission launches a major initiative to modernise state aid control

    Sharon Jones

    The European Commission has launched a major initiative to reform and modernise state aid control.  The key elements are: state aid control must support sustainable growth by discouraging aid that doesn’t bring added-value and distorts competition. The Commission will develop common principles for assessing national projects and will revise some existing texts state aid enforcement […]

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  • Creating a more “cloud-friendly” Europe

    Richard Nicholas

    At the World Economic Forum recently Neelie Kroes announced the setting up of the “Cloud Partnership”. With it she announced a policy to increase the uptake of cloud computing throughout Europe through the creation of common standards and regulation, together with an initial investment of Euro 10 Million from the European Commission to make it […]

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  • Bullish decision by ECJ on trade mark infringements

    Dave Drew

    The ECJ ruling in Frisdranken Industrie Winters BV v Red Bull GmbH may make it harder to enforce trade mark rights against “behind the scenes” service providers who participate in the production of infringing goods. Winters, a Dutch company, filled cans branded with names like “Bullfighter” and “Pitbull” with soft drink mix. The cans were […]

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  • Cheaper EU patent protection, but at a cost?

    Emma Tuck

    National validation and translation costs currently make the cost of obtaining a patent in Europe around ten times as expensive as obtaining a patent in the USA. In the absence of agreement on proposals for a single EU patent, and in a bid to make the application process cheaper, the European Commission this week presented […]

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