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Temporary agency workers: the employment of non-EU citizens in Germany

In the last few years, banks and financial services companies in particular, but also IT companies, have been ramping up their use of contingent workers. This is related to the...

Written on: 2 Nov 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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New data portability rights for users of game play sharing platforms

Sharing of game play footage is hugely popular in the gaming community, with some gamers becoming well known online for the videos they share. Platforms which enable individuals to share...

Written on: 21 Aug 2017


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Germany: New Draft of Guidance on Withholding Tax in the Context of Software Licensing

On 17 May 2017, the German Ministry of Finance released a draft circular aimed at resolving the on-going debate on the application of withholding tax in the context of software...

Written on: 21 Aug 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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European Patent and Unitary Patent 2017

Johannes Graf Ballestrem lectured on the Unitary Patent & Unified Patent Court at the Summer School on Intellectual Property of the University of Bonn. Download: European Patent and Unitary Patent...

Written on: 11 Aug 2017


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A New Player in the Consumer Protection Game: German Antitrust Authority Assumes Additional Jurisdiction

A recent amendment to the German Competition Act has given the federal antitrust authority (the “Bundeskartellamt”) additional jurisdiction to investigate violations of consumer protection law. While the authority will not...

Written on: 3 Aug 2017


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Implementing decrees for e-sport competition in France

Bearing in mind the huge economic and legal impacts of e-sport (representing a worldwide market of around 600 millions of dollars with a growth rate of 30% per year according...

Written on: 3 Aug 2017


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Enforcement Alert: German Consumer Rights Groups Targeting Games (Again)

German law may not have class actions to facilitate enforcement of consumer protection standards, but her consumer watchdog groups are empowered to assert claims and seek injunctive relief against (alleged)...

Written on: 3 Aug 2017


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