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    13/06/2024
    Europe

    What’s in a name? The use of a product code in a clinical trial protocol fails to circumvent clinical trial prior art

    The use of product or sponsor codes in clinical trial related documents is common practice in the pharmaceutical space. However, such codes may not always be sufficient to disregard a publication as relevant prior art against patent claims.In recent decision T 1255/21, the EPO Board of Appeal finds that the use of a product code or sponsor code for a compound or composition in a clinical trial protocol does not affect the status of the protocol as prior art if the skilled person would have been able to identify the compound or composition based on the description of the components of the product...
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    12/06/2024
    International

    Enforcement of the EU AI Act: The EU AI Office

    On 21 May 2024, the Council of the European Union adopted the Regulation laying down harmonised rules on artificial intelligence or the AI Act. As the world's first comprehensive law to regulate artificial intelligence, the AI Act establishes uniform requirements for the development and use of artificial intelligence in the EU. Once signed, the Regulation will be published in the Official Journal of the EU and will enter into force 20 days after publication.As a European regulation, the AI Act applies in all 27 EU member states, and is a key component of the European digital strategy (A Europe...
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    10/06/2024
    Europe

    New EU recommendations for influencer marketing reform: what do they mean for marketing teams?

    The Council of the European Union has published a set of recommendations as to how the European Commission and EU Member States should support influencers to encourage the creation of content that has a positive impact. The Council recognises that influencers have a huge impact on the content and information that the public consume, and stresses the EU’s role in boosting support for influencers to produce lawful, socially responsible content. It recommends that this support should also come from advertisers employing influencers in their marketing strategy, to advertise their products....
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    10/06/2024
    Europe

    ESMA issues first formal guidance on use of AI in retail financial services

    The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) recently released a public statement on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the provision of retail investment services. The statement provides initial guidance to investment firms and credit institutions using, or planning to use, AI so they can ensure compliance with their obligations under MiFID II. It also outlines live use cases and ESMA’s understanding of the “known challenges” currently facing firms in adopting AI.Emerging ESMA approach?While this is by no means ESMA’s first publication or statement on AI,...
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    04/06/2024
    Schweiz

    Upcoming new Law on the Protection of Youth in Films and Video Games in Switzerland

    1. IntroductionIn September 2022, the Federal Act on the Protection of Minors in the Area of Films and Video Games (JSFVG) was passed. In view of recent technological advances, such as online streaming and digital distribution platforms, and in connection with these respective evolving consumption patterns, this law aims to improve the protection of minors from potentially harmful content in films and video games, such as explicit violence, sexual content and intimidating scenes, which could negatively influence their development. Following the law's passage, the consultation period for the accompanying...
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    31/05/2024
    Schweiz

    Switzerland announces new cyber-attack reporting requirement for financial institutions

    BackgroundOn 22 May 2025, the Swiss Federal Council released its draft ordinance implementing the reporting requirement in the event of cyber-attack as set out in the Information Security Act. The public consultation will last until the 13 September 2024. This new reporting requirement is expected to apply from 1 January 2025.The Information Security Act contains a relatively detailed list of operators of "critical infrastructures" subject to the obligation to report cyber-attacks. Among other sectors, such as energy, education and healthcare, certain actors in the financial sector are specifically...
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