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    14/06/2024
    Europe

    EU anti-dumping investigation of Chinese decor paper imports

    On 14 June 2024, the EU opened an anti-dumping investigation concerning EU imports of decor paper originating in the People’s Republic of China, which could lead to substantial anti-dumping duties on future imports.The product under investigation for alleged dumping is decor paper with the following characteristics:weighing 30-150 g/m2; having an ash content between 5 % and 50 %;having a Klemm absorbency of at least 12 millimetres per 10 minutes or a resin pick-up of 20 % to 200 %;having a wet tensile strength of 6 to 12 Newton (N) per 15 millimetres;having a Gurley porosity of...
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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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    05/06/2024
    Belgium

    The Belgian Competition Authority issues opinion on draft laws relating to pricing in the agricultural sector

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    The Belgian Competition Authority issued on 8 May 2024 its opinion on three draft laws aimed at amending the Code of Economic Law regarding the pricing of agricultural products. The opinion concerns the compliance of the draft laws with competition law and highlights possible undesired side effects and its major concerns.First, the Authority assessed the new disposition aimed at imposing conditions and mandatory clauses on sales made by agricultural producers. It expresses its concern it could lead to uniformity of contractual terms. Under the new framework, where a producer mandates an organization...
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