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    03.02.2023
    Europe

    EU Data Act – Fo­cus on Cloud Ser­vices

    In 2021, the European Commission released its proposal for a “Data Act”, a far-reaching legal regime on access to and use of non-personal data in the EU. The basic premise underlying the Commission’s proposal is that industrial data – 80% of which is not used to date – constitutes untapped potential. Through the Data Act, the Commission aims to overcome the legal, economic and technical obstacles it believes to be responsible for the underuse of data, and to clear the way for increased data use.As highlighted in our earlier Law-Now, the Data Act proposal focuses...
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    03.02.2023
    International

    On your radar | Is­sue 20 | Key em­ploy­ment is­sues to be aware of in­ter­na­tion­ally

    Welcome to the first edition of On your radar for 2023, which highlights expected employment law developments over the year ahead.Changes range from big picture concepts around future ways of working, to the finer details of leave entitlements and statutory protections. Both Belgium and Portugal discuss moves towards a 4-day working week, showing a consistent trend, while demonstrating different domestic approaches to achieving that – interesting to see whether other countries will follow either.Another theme we continue to see coming through is ESG, and there are interesting...
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    27.01.2023
    Europe

    Quantum com­put­ing pat­ent in­crease is far above av­er­age

    On Wednesday 25 January 2023, the European Patent Office (EPO) issued their Insight Report into quantum computing and patents. In their Report, the EPO considered quantum computing patents in general and then concentrated on three topics that they considered key in quantum computing (a) physical realisations of quantum computing; (b) quantum error correction/mitigation; and (c) quantum machine learning and artificial intelligence. The report is very welcome at a time when the field appears to be advancing rapidly. A group of researchers in China have claimed to use a small quantum computer to calculate...
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    25.01.2023
    International

    Key out­comes from COP-15

    At the end of 2022, the 15th Conference of Parties of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity culminated in a new Global Biopersity Framework to 2030. Twenty three targets require broad based action to bring about “a transformation in our societies’ relationship with biopersity by 2030, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals, and to ensure that, by 2050, the shared vision of living in harmony with nature is fulfilled”. Post COP, governments are to explore how they can translate the targets into national action,...
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    23.12.2022
    EU

    EIOPA re­leases an­nu­al re­port on sanc­tions un­der IDD in 2021

    On 20 December, the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) released the annual report on sanctions imposed by national competent authorities under the Insurance Distribution Directive (IDD) in 2021. According to the Report, in 2021 national competent authorities (NCAs) in 18 reporting member states imposed sanctions under the IDD framework, which resulted in a total of 1,621 sanctions. Fines of an aggregate value of EUR 351,175 were reported (except for Germany for which the overall amount of the fines imposed in 2021 was not provided). The top three countries by the highest...
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    23.12.2022
    International

    In­ter­na­tion­al Dis­putes Di­gest - 2022 Winter Edi­tion

    Welcome to the winter edition of the International Disputes Digest, our bi-annual publication that considers and analyses current trends in global dispute-resolution and their wider impact. With war raging in eastern Europe and no end to the conflict in sight, the world and the global economy continue to face complex challenges. In response to the invasion of Ukraine, Russian sanctions have impacted a world economy already suffering from supply-chain deficiencies and the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. Economic stresses have also been magnified by the decision of western countries to reduce...
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