ECJ finds Data Retention Directive invalid. What next?

On 8 April 2014 the European Court of Justice ruled that the Data Retention Directive 2006/24/EC interferes in a particularly serious manner with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data. The Directive is declared invalid. Today’s post by Sylvie Rousseau and Matthias Vierstraete explains what the court decided and … Read more

Patent power (part 2) – Google buys Motorola Mobility

Today’s big news is Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility. What is fascinating is the logic for the deal. This is not a deal driven by customers or operating synergies – it is all about Motorola’s patents. The give-away is the final paragraph of Google’s announcement: “We recently explained how companies including Microsoft and Apple are banding … Read more

Ofcom publishes statutory backing for new PhonepayPlus rules

The watcher has been a bit quiet recently – caused by a combination of a business trip to Singapore and a holiday. Despite the holiday period there has been a lot going on including:  yesterday’s UK case on site blocking; the EU Commission’s CEO summit on broadband investment; and the ECJ decision on intermediary liability in L’Oreal … Read more

Lenders over-exposed to real estate move into TMT

I was lucky enough to chair Olswang’s semi-annual CPD catch-up day for in-house lawyers today. It was a very interesting set of talks (for those who are interested I commented using twitter, see: #olswangcpd), which covered a wide range of topics: Session Speaker biographies Materials Employment update: the latest red tape changes and other hot topics (Daniel Aherne, … Read more