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Columbia Summer Program  -  August 8, 19

The Firm annually awards the Portolano Cavallo scholarship to a student partecipant of the Columbia Summer Program. The Firm awards the scholarship on the basis of academic merit and performance throughout the Programme. The scholarship is awarded in the farewell ceremony of the Programme.

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Italy: AGCOM publishes online platforms’ commitments in sight of the next European Parliamentary Elections  -  May 20, 19

Following a similar positive initiative launched last year for the General Parliamentary elections,[1] on May 15, 2019 the Italian Communications Authority (AGCOM) published on its website a document enlisting a series of commitments undertaken by digital platforms for the ongoing electoral campaign for the European Parliamentary elections.  This second effort shows that, through a successful… continua

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The Italian Government approved the Legislative Decree for the reform of the Bankruptcy Law  -  January 11, 19

After 77 years, Italian Bankruptcy Law will soon retire. Yesterday, the Italian Government approved the new Code of Business Crisis and Insolvency. The law is now waiting to be formally enacted by the President of the Republic and published on the Official Journal (Gazzetta Ufficiale). It will enter into force after 18 months from the… continua

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Patent Linkage: Administrative Court of Lazio rules SPC extension does not apply to combinations of patented active ingredients with other molecules  -  July 30, 18

With a decision pronounced on 5 July 2018, the Regional Administrative Court (TAR) of Lazio upheld an appeal filed by Doc Generici S.r.l., an Italian pharmaceutical company that specializes in the development, manufacturing and sale of generic drugs. In the case, the appellant impugned the Italian Medicines Agency’s (AIFA) classification of an ezetimibe/simvastatin-based drug combination… continua

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In a first, the EU Commission fines four consumer electronics manufacturers EUR 111m for Resale Price Maintenance  -  July 25, 18

Yesterday the European Commission imposed fines for EUR 111 million in aggregate to four consumer electronics manufacturers for fixing distributors’ resale prices of their products on the internet, a commercial practice commonly referred to as Resale Price Maintenance (or RPM). RPM is a conduct by which suppliers restrict, contractually or through other behavior, the ability… continua

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The European Court of Justice addresses parallel Imports of pharmaceuticals under the Specific Mechanism established in the Accession Treaties for new Member States  -  July 18, 18

The reference for a preliminary ruling made by the District Court of Düsseldorf (Landgericht) followed a heated dispute between Pfizer Ireland Pharmaceuticals, Operations Support Group (Pfizer) and Orifarm GmbH (Orifarm) concerning parallel imports of Enbrel, a genetically engineered protein for the treatment of arthritis. The appellant – proprietor of a supplementary protection certificate (SPC) for… continua

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European Commission proposes to amend current SPC Regulation  -  July 5, 18

The European Commission recently proposed an amendment to the supplementary protection certificate (SPC), a key regulation that grants additional intellectual property rights to patent holders on a wide range of biologically active compounds such as medicaments, veterinary drugs, herbicides and insecticides. The draft legislation, which was presented on 28 May 2018, calls for an “export… continua

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E-Competitions Antitrust Case Laws e-Bulletin  -  June 4, 18

On 20 December 2017, the Italian Competition Authority (or “ICA”) issued a rare infringement decision in an abuse of dominance investigation against the publisher of a local daily newspaper (“SIE”), which refused to deal with a player (the “complainant” or “Euregio”) in the downstream local market for daily media intelligence services. SIE publishes L’Adige, a… continua

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Portolano Cavallo announces the appointment of six new partners and three new counsels Today, Portolano Cavallo announces the promotion to partner of six attorneys: Barbara Corsetti (corporate, real estate), Tommaso Foco (M&A, restructuring), Luca Gambini (M&A, Life Sciences), Andrea Gangemi (employment law), Martina Lucenti (litigation) and Lydia Mendola (IP, Life Sciences). The firm also announces… continua

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Plateformes numériques: des employeurs (pas) comme les autres?  -  May 8, 18

Cet article a d’abord été publié dans Le Petit Journal Uber, Deliveroo, Foodora, Airbnb, on ne compte plus les plateformes de mise en relation par voie électronique entre un client et un  travailleur facturant une prestation de service. Le phénomène se développe partout où l’on peut trouver une connexion internet.  Les enjeux socio-juridiques en France… continua

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