Insights All



Know-how protection in Germany: Trade Secrets Act will have considerable consequences for companies

9 June 2018 is the deadline for the transposition of EU Directive 2016/943 on the protection of undisclosed know-how and business information (hereinafter the “Directive”). If not implemented, the requirements...

Written on: 16 Apr 2018


Read time 5m

Initial Coin Offering – Quo Vadis?

Virtual Currencies are currently extremely fashionable. Starting with the "mother" of all virtual currencies, the Bitcoin, which is currently – accompanied by the media – reaching astronomic prices (the "price"...

Written on: 5 Apr 2018


Read time 18m

International Competition Update | March 2018

  As we move into the spring, the competition authorities seem to be working hard to update and clarify their respective remits and procedures, from the Italian Competition Authority grappling...

Written on: 29 Mar 2018


Read time 2m

Osborne Clarke analyses the potential of crowdfunding and the obstacles it faces in CrowdfundRES report

International legal practice Osborne Clarke has worked with the EU Commission on a three-year CrowdfundRES (Renewable Energy Sources) project. The project has produced a report, titled “Unleashing the potential of...

Written on: 16 Mar 2018


Read time 1m

Osborne Clarke analyses crowdfunding market barriers for FISMA report

Findings provide the basis for crowdfunding regulation on a European level International legal practice Osborne Clarke has worked with the European Crowdfunding Network (ECN) to co-edit the study: “Identifying market...

Written on: 16 Mar 2018


Read time 1m

Augmented Reality in German law | A 360 degree overview

Augmented Reality (AR) applications have an established place in everyday life of many people and industrial processes worldwide. The law is sometimes struggling to keep up, however: Despite the increasing...

Written on: 15 Mar 2018


Read time 3m

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


Read time 4m

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


Read time 3m

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


Read time 4m