New WIPO study on A.I. inventions and EDPB opinion on clinical trials

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has launched its first “Technology Trends” Study on developments in Artificial Intelligence inventions and the EDPB issued an opinion on processing of personal data on clinical trials. Read the rest of this entry »

eSports: a new frontier for the advertising law and image rights?

eSports competitions have recently become a trend topic among sports and gaming lovers.

An ever-growing number of major sports leagues and pro young players are getting involved in this global competitive industry, together with an increasing turnover. By 2020, eSports is predicted to become a billion-dollar industry.

This explosive growth of digital sports championships captured the attention of many leading companies – operating in various lines of business – which are gradually approaching this new phenomenon by investing into eSports in the hope of targeting its relevant audience.

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New programming and investment obligations for VOD and linear audio-visual media service providers!

On 25 January 2019, the Italian Communications Authority (Autorità per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni, hereinafter “AGCOM“) published the Resolution 595/18/CONS setting out the new Regulation on programming and investment obligations in favour of European works and works by independent producers (as amended by AGCOM Resolution 24/19/CONS) (hereinafter, “New Regulation“). Read the rest of this entry »

Italian DLA Piper Intellectual Property & Technology Predictions for 2019

DLA Piper’s Italian Intellectual Property & Technology department has published their Legal Predictions for 2019. These take a look back at what happened during 2018 and illustrate the key changes that are expected in 2019. Read the rest of this entry »

Join our DLA Piper Gambling event right before ICE Gaming 2019

DLA Piper Gambling event will take place on the 4th of February 2019 with experts from different jurisdictions and the Spanish gambling authority. Read the rest of this entry »

Top 3 predictions for Media in 2019!

By Alessandro Ferrari and Laura Borelli

2018 has been a crucial year for the audio-visual media sector since it saw the revision of EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) which has finally put traditional broadcasters and their video-on-demand competitors on the same playing field in terms of the regulatory environment. Still, the ongoing transformation of the media landscape shows no sign of backing off, thanks also to the mushrooming partnerships raising among Over The Top video providers and traditional mobile network operators  and the adoption of technologies such as augmented reality and artificial. So, what’s next with media?

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Top 3 predictions on cybersecurity for 2019

by Giulio Coraggio, Ludovica Mosci and Tommaso Fia

Cybersecurity represents a major risk for companies that will need to change their approach on security in 2019, also in relation to M&A transactions, and corrective actions might include a cyber risk insurance coverage according to our predictions. Read the rest of this entry »

Top 3 Predictions for Life Sciences in 2019

By Marco de Morpurgo

The Life Sciences industry operates in one of the fastest and most innovation-driven environments. 2018 has witnessed significant developments in technology and therapeutic practices. A number of new cell and gene therapies – including the first two CAR-T therapies for cancer – received EU approval, and both disruptive and ‘new mainstream’ technologies (such as AI) made significant steps forward into the sector.

The pharmaceutical and medical device sectors are also among the most heavily regulated. Life Sciences companies face significant challenges in managing regulatory compliance in an environment where regulation constantly evolves. Moreover, the sector moves so fast that it is hard for regulation to keep up with the pace of technological development.

The competing interests of different stakeholders – including industry, governments, regulatory agencies, the scientific community, patients and public payers – in pursuing different objectives – including innovation, public health, and public expenditure containment – generate significant tensions that make the sector extremely dynamic. What can we expect to see during 2019?

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Top 3 Blockchain predictions for 2019

by Elisa Rosati and Tommaso Ricci

Last year was a major tipping point for blockchain, with a powerful kickstart followed by some turbulence and a cautious settlement in the freezing winter.

Here are our top 3 predictions for the next 12 months which might be crucial as the technologies and applications exploiting blockchain seem ready to have a real impact on the market. Read the rest of this entry »

Top 3 Predictions on New Tobacco Products and E-Cigs

By Francesca Romana Ferrucci

Since their first placing on the market, electronic cigarettes – better known as “e-cigs” – and novel tobacco products (“NTPs“) have been a controversial topic of discussion.

Due to the proximity of e-cigs and NTPs with traditional smoking products, lawmakers have had to deal with great issues involving not only authorization requirements and procedures but also issues concerning boundaries in advertisement, taxation and how to address problems such as underage smoking.

Directive 2014/40/EU sets out the general legal framework for NTPs, e-cigs and e-liquids (nicotine and nicotine-free liquids meant to be vaped) in the European Union. In Italy, the latter has been implemented by means of Legislative Decree 6/2016, which has already seen a number of amendments in roughly three years of life.

The latest amendment, introduced by Law 136/2018 in December 2018, leads to interesting scenarios in this sector in Italy for 2019. Here are some thoughts on what we might be looking at in the year to come. Read the rest of this entry »

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