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The Trade Secrets in Italy | How do the courts interpret key concepts?

How does the law currently protect trade secrets? The Italian legal system is largely compliant with the provisions introduced by the Trade Secrets Directive and, to a certain extent, already...

Written on: 14 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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Italian Competition Authority fines Unilever for exclusivity obligations and fidelity-inducing rebates in the ice cream sector

By a decision of 31 October 2017, the Italian Competition Authority (ICA) fined Unilever for an abuse of dominance, in applying certain exclusivity provisions and fidelity-inducing rebates to its retail...

Written on: 18 Jan 2018

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At last, a whistleblowing law is adopted in Italy

After more than a year of parliamentary debate, a new whistleblowing law has been passed in Italy. The law introduces protections particularly for public servants and employees of companies that...

Written on: 10 Jan 2018

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IP@OC | November 2017

Welcome to the latest edition of Osborne Clarke’s international Intellectual Property update. In this edition we focus on trade marks. With cross-border commerce and international expansion increasingly causing international brands...

Written on: 3 Nov 2017

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Crowdfunding and Initial Coin Offering: a new explosive mixture on the market?

Crowdfunding has not yet shown any signs of slowing down and yet already the web is bursting with new ways of exploiting crowdfunding’s potential. Let’s take a step backwards… In...

Written on: 6 Oct 2017

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Osborne Clarke’s recent growth and successes

Osborne Clarke’s growth and successes over the past year

Written on: 25 Sep 2017

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EU Legislation Watch: New Rules for Consumer Contracts under the Digital Content Directive

As part of the Digital Single Market initiative, European legislators are in the final stages of implementing a new Directive that will fundamentally change the contractual regime for selling digital...

Written on: 21 Aug 2017

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The Italian Antitrust Authority’s approach to competition in the digital economy era

Competition in the digital economy has become a topical subject in Italy, with the Italian Antitrust Authority (IAA) having shown an interest in a number of areas in recent months....

Written on: 30 Jun 2017

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