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International Competition Update | February 2018

  In the first couple of months of the year some of the key topics that we predicted would shape Competition Law in 2018 are already beginning to bear fruit....

Written on: 28 Feb 2018

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Online sales | Ban of price comparison websites violates competition law in Germany

According to a recent decision of the German Federal Court of Justice, prohibiting authorised dealers from using price comparison websites may be a “hard-core” breach of competition law. Within its...

Written on: 28 Feb 2018

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German Withholding Tax in the Context of Software Licensing

On 27 October 2017, the German Ministry of Finance released a new circular aimed at resolving the on-going debate on the application of withholding tax in the context of software...

Written on: 21 Feb 2018

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IP@OC | February 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of IP@OC, Osborne Clarke’s quarterly international IP newsletter. In this edition we focus on trade secrets. Back in 2015, alongside an interview with industry insiders,...

Written on: 15 Feb 2018

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Trade secrets in Germany | Top tips for NDAs and confidentiality clauses

How does the law protect trade secrets? Like many countries, there is no legislative definition of what constitutes a trade secret under German law. The courts define a trade secret...

Written on: 14 Feb 2018

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Private Equity and Venture Capital in Germany

Outlook for 2018 In 2017, the German investment landscape recovered from the struggles it encountered in 2016. Total VC-investment value increased by 88% compared to 2016 to almost €4.3 billion,...

Written on: 6 Feb 2018

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International Competition Update | January 2018

  As we welcome in 2018, we look back on a year gone by that was dominated by discussions on selective distribution prompted by the growing body of case law...

Written on: 29 Jan 2018

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Osborne Clarke co-edits ECN Crowdfunding Review 2017

New report finds lack of crowd funding regulation on a European level International legal practice Osborne Clarke works with the European Crowdfunding Network (ECN) to co-edit the third Review of...

Written on: 12 Jan 2018

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Internal investigations: exclusion of evidence obtained according to German Federal Data Protection Act

Complying with German data protection laws can be challenging when it comes to internal investigations where there is a suspicion of employee wrongdoing. Employers should take note of guidance in...

Written on: 10 Jan 2018

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