Cyber security

Cyber Alert July 2015

Welcome to the latest edition of Olswang's Cyber Alert, a regular round up of regulation, best practice and news from our international cyber breach and crisis management team.

Gambling

Harmonisation of EU online gambling regulation

There remains a varied and fragmented approach to the regulation of online gambling across EU Member States and while an increasing number of EU countries are individually reviewing their gambling laws, the challenges faced by both consumers and operators cannot be resolved by individual countries acting alone.  There remains scope for a pan-European review of online gambling regulation given the industry's inherent cross-border nature, with consumers opting to use sites outside of their national borders, although the trend has instead been for increasing individual country regulation.

Real Estate

Victim of Fraud

The removal of a forged charge from a registered title may entitle the lender to an indemnity from the Land Registry.

IP

Case C-215/14 Societe des Produits Nestle SA v Cadbury UK Limited

Often, where time-limited intellectual property rights expire, companies keen to retain the monopoly on that aspect of their products or services will seek trade mark protection to extend that protection.  A notable example is in the case of shape marks, which are often more suitably protected by registered designs but these can only confer a maximum of 25 years protection. The perpetual protection offered by a trade mark is an attractive option, which, if obtained, affords the trade mark proprietor a monopoly and the ultimate advantage over their competitors.

Telecom Infrastructure Sharing - A Guide to the EU

Olswang has teamed up with some of the leading telecoms law firms in all 28 jurisdictions of the EU to provide a starting point for any telcos looking at the opportunities network sharing presents across Europe.