How the EU’s agenda might result in a common set of contract rules

With potential changes in motion for EU’s sharing economy, businesses should determine the possible consequences. The sharing economy, sometimes called the collaborative economy, covers a great variety of sectors and is rapidly emerging. Many people have already used, or are aware of sharing economy services, which range from sharing houses and car journeys to domestic … More How the EU’s agenda might result in a common set of contract rules

Online platform-to-business relationships – Get prepared for a proposed EU regulation

The European Commission has proposed legislation to promote fairness and transparency for users of online intermediation services. At the time of this publication, the European Commission believes it will be adopted and become law; the effective date would be the third quarter of 2019. An EU regulation will have a direct effect on every EU … More Online platform-to-business relationships – Get prepared for a proposed EU regulation

Standard-essential patents – How IoT-connected companies can minimize risk

The importance of SEPs We are on the cusp of a transformational era where a range of internet of things (IoT) devices could connect vehicles, buildings, appliances, wearables and more. IoT devices will likely incorporate existing and future standards (e.g.,  GSM, 3G, 5G) to facilitate interoperability, and these standards are based on patented technologies. A patent that … More Standard-essential patents – How IoT-connected companies can minimize risk

Connected cars: Navigating the competition law implications

A defining element of the digital economy is that services are provided for free to consumers. The quid pro quo is that the service supplier (for example, Google) can monetize the data generated by the consumer, often in ways in which the consumer is not fully aware. Based on this business model, future car manufacturers … More Connected cars: Navigating the competition law implications