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Increase in ransomware leading to start-up company specializing in the technology behind bitcoin

Increase in ransomware leading to start-up company specializing in the technology behind bitcoin

Digital Asset Holdings LLC, a start-up company specializing in the blockchain technology for the financial services industry recently announced that it has entered into business relationships with Accenture, Broadridge and PricewaterhouseCoopers to ensure faster adoption of its product. According to chief executive officer at Digital Asset Holdings, “These alliances will ... Read More »

No more safe harbors!

No more safe harbors!

The European Court of Justice has annulled the Safe Harbor Program (European Court of Justice, decision dated October 06, 2015 – C 362/14) It is now apparent since the ruling of the European Court of Justice dated October 06, 2015 (C 362/14): The Safe Harbor Program is invalid. The European ... Read More »

What applies if a EU trademark having a reputation did not acquire a reputation with the local public in a state?

What applies if a EU trademark having a reputation did not acquire a reputation with the local public in a state?

A European trademark having a reputation in the EU will not always be recognised in all EU member states. Indeed, the trademark may not have a reputation at all in some member states. According to the EU Trademarks Directive (article 4 paragraph 3), an EU trademark having a  reputation enjoys ... Read More »

The EMV (Chip/Pin) Liability Shift is Here

The EMV (Chip/Pin) Liability Shift is Here

As of October 1, 2015, retailers that have not implemented Point of Sale (“POS”) payment terminals that support EMV- or Chip/Pin-enabled cards with embedded chip technology over the traditional magnetic stripe cards, face a shift in liability for fraud charges assessed by the payment card industry (“PCI”). The EMV- (EuroPay, ... Read More »

Did the DMCA hinder researchers in discovering VW’s emissions defeat device?

Did the DMCA hinder researchers in discovering VW’s emissions defeat device?

By now, everyone has probably heard about the Volkswagen “emissions scandal” involving the company’s alleged use of software on its vehicles that evaded testing to pass emission standards. Amidst this, several articles and news organizations have speculated that copyright laws prevented researchers from discovering Volkswagen’s defeat device sooner.   The story ... Read More »

Running sweepstakes on Facebook & Co. in Germany –  risks and side effects

Running sweepstakes on Facebook & Co. in Germany – risks and side effects

When running sweepstakes and other promotion activities on Facebook or Twitter it is essential to be aware of local law pitfalls arising in connection with terms and conditions. Guidelines issued by Facebook & Co. in regard to the realization of promotion activities (e.g. the “Facebook Pages Terms”) do not cover ... Read More »

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