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New regulatory requirements: impact on outsourcing / IT contracts

The so called Tax Decree (Law no. 157/2019 of 19 December 2019 implementing Law Decree no. 124/2019) introduced new regulatory requirements for services agreements that will have an impact on outsourcing and IT contracts as well as on those contracts where a considerable amount of manpower is utilized (e.g. logistics, maintenance services, etc.). The new rules apply as of January 1, 2020 and require (i) immediate attention due to the sanctions potentially applicable as well as (ii) changes to contracts (including those currently in place) and (iii) adoption of new internal procedures. In a nutshell, the Tax Decree provides that: …

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Nuovi obblighi in tema di appalti

Il c.d. Decreto Fiscale (Decreto Legge. n. 241/1997 convertito con Legge n. 157/2019) ha introdotto sostanziali novità in tema di appalti. Si tratta di una riforma che richiede immediata attenzione per le conseguenze sanzionatorie in capo a committente e appaltatore nonché modifiche ai contratti in essere e da stipulare e l’adozione di nuove procedure interne. Le nuove norme si applicano infatti a decorrere dal 1 gennaio 2020. Avrà certamente un impatto sui contratti per servizi IT, di outsourcing e in settori con grande impiego di manodopera (ad esempio, il settore della logistica, servizi di manutenzione, ecc.). In particolare, è previsto …

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DLA Piper esports Laws of the World is now live!

DLA Piper esports Laws of the World is meant to be a review of the main legal issues affecting eSports in the main jurisdictions worldwide.

After months of hard work with our colleagues all around the world, we are ready for the launch of DLA Piper eSports Laws of the World. It was the result of fantastic teamwork, which shows the commitment of our firm to provide our clients with innovative tools to support their business.

The esport market has been booming over the last years, but unfortunately, or fortunately, in some cases, regulations have not been able to catch up. Gambling, sports, and prize promotion/advertising rules might apply to esports events, impose restrictions or grant exemptions, depending on how and where they are organized. The possible variants include the following: is the esports tournament online or landbased? Is a country recognizing esports as an official sport? Can any type of prize be awarded to participants? What are the technical requirements to be complied with? And what is the actual risk of penalties?

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Evento: Come preparare la propria azienda alla Digital Revolution

Le imprese sono pronte alla Digital Revolution e all’AI? Ne parliamo con capi degli uffici legali di primarie aziende e top manager il 4 dicembre 2019 da DLA Piper nel corso della presentazione del libro scritto dallo studio sull’argomento.

Il rapido processo di trasformazione digitale che sta investendo a vario titolo le aziende comporta, accanto a criticità di ordine organizzativo – strutturale, anche nuove e importante problematiche legali. Come prepararsi a questa incalzante Digital Revolution? Perché l’intelligenza artificiale è già e sarà sempre più una componente essenziale del business delle aziende operanti in qualsiasi settore? Quali misure occorre adottare per non farsi trovare impreparati?

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Legality Rating: New Webrating Platform online!

On October 21, 2019 the Italian Antitrust Authority (Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato, hereinafter “AGCM“) has announced the launch of the WebRating platform, a new tool dedicated to companies for the compilation and the delivery of applications and communications relating to the legality rating system.

The legality rating is a summary indicator of the level of compliance of a company with high standards of legality, which is able to reveal the level of attention paid by the company to the proper management of its business.

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Milan Fashion Week and Fashion Law Trends – Is the retail and fashion sectors ready for the IoT revolution?

The retail and fashion sectors need to deal with new legal issues due to the adoption of IoT technologies as a consequence of the rapid digital revolution of the industry.

The “wave” of the Internet of Things is heavily impacting the retail sector leading to new legal issues that have never been experienced by most fashion brands, and in general retail companies.

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Outsourcing agreements and Artificial Intelligence: Hints and Tips Part 2

In one of our latest blog posts, we went through the first part of our hints and tips on outsourcing agreements and artificial intelligence, covering #1 Technological evolution and benchmarking clauses, #2 Liability and limitations, and #3 Know-how transfer, insourcing and supplier replacement.

Below is the second part on: #4 Intellectual Property,  #5 Data protection and #6 Cyber risk and Insurance.

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Milan Fashion Week and Fashion Law Trends –  Monograms: just letters or powerful trademarks?

By Elena Varese e Lara Mastrangelo The Milan Fashion Week has just started and from today we are glad to host for the second time some highlights on the major fashion law trends of this season. “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” used to claim Juliet in the famous Shakespeare’s play, but would a Louis Vuitton bag without its legendary monogram – or with a slightly different one – be as fashionable? To be honest, the tragic end of Shakespeare’s story might suggest that names – like it or not – have a significant value. This …

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Outsourcing agreements and Artificial Intelligence: Hints and Tips Part 1

The use of technologies based on AI systems has significant consequences in terms of outsourcing agreements, which must be duly taken into account by suppliers and customers at the negotiation stage and during their whole business relationship. Suppliers and customers should assess from a new perspective a number of key contractual clauses, from which the good and profitable success of outsourcing and the reduction of the risk of future litigation very much depend. The automation of corporate processes and functions, either core or otherwise, such as ICT infrastructure, invoice management or CRM is certainly nothing new, both within the companies …

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The legal issues of the blockchain and how to deal with them

The revolution of the blockchain might unveil some legal implications deriving from the usage of a technology that can get out of control.

As part of the working group named “Legal Evolution 4.0” that I run for the German-Italian Chamber of Commerce, I gave a presentation on the legal implications of the blockchain. And, I thought it would be interesting to share my findings with you.

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Video: Trade secrets legal predictions for 2019

In this video Micaela Jerusalmi and Fulvia Cosattini analyze the trade secrets legal and business challenges for 2019. The need for companies to protect their trade secrets is growing rapidly due to the evolution of technology. How can security and transparency be balanced? For a more in-depth analysis please read our post Top 3 predictions for trade secrets in 2019