EU sets out its position in Brexit negotiations on Intellectual Property Rights (including geographical indications)


On 7 September 2017, the EU released a number of Brexit negotiation position papers, including one regarding Intellectual property rights which is of significant importance to the IP intensive Life Sciences industry.  The paper sets out the position of the EU27 on existing Intellectual Property (“IP”) rights and the exhaustion of those rights at the withdrawal date.  Read More

WP 29 releases an extensive opinion on data processing at work

Inge Vanderreken

The EU’s “Article 29 Working Party” (WP29) has adopted new guidance on the processing of personal data in the employment context (the New Opinion). This New Opinion complements their 2001 opinion and 2002 working document. WP29 is the Data Protection Working Party established by Article 29 of Directive 95/46/EC. It is an independent European advisory Read More

New circular clarifies revised French transparency requirements

Eveline Van Keymeulen

The French General Directorate of Health (DGS) recently published a new circular relating to the transparency of relationships between life sciences companies and healthcare actors. The circular replaces its 2013 predecessor, and provides further guidance with respect to the revised transparency provisions introduced by the December 2016 Decree and March 2017 Order, now requiring life Read More

Revised French transparency regime enters into force

Eveline Van Keymeulen

On 27 March 2017, with the publication of the new Order on the practical functioning of the transparency website (the Order), the revised French transparency regime entered into force. The revised regime strengthens the transparency in relationships between Life Sciences companies and healthcare professionals. It was established by the 2016 French Healthcare Act and Read More

Dutch Supreme Court rules that sunscreens and toothpastes may classify as medicines and benefit from reduced VAT

Frits Gerritzen

On 11 November 2016, the Dutch Supreme Court ruled that toothpaste and sunscreen may be regarded as medicines within the meaning of Article 1, paragraph 1 of the Dutch Act on Medicines (Geneesmiddelenwet). According to this Article, products are classified as a “medicine” either because of their therapeutic effect or on the basis of their Read More