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The UK's Autumn Statement 2013

The Chancellor of the Exchequer delivered the 2013 Autumn Statement today. As last year, the UK Government had to balance competing political and economic tensions, especially with an election less than 18 months away.
Expanded exception from patent infringement for clinical trials from 1 October 2014

Legislation is now in force which expands the experimental use exception to patent infringement to cover clinical trials relating to both innovative and generic drugs

1 October 2014: Changes to IP law & practice

A number of changes to IP law and practice come into effect on 1 October 2014 affecting copyright, designs and patents.

OECD's new paper on treaty shopping is good news for funds

OECD initiative to crack down on tax avoidance by multi-national companies could be very damaging for funds and their investors but the latest paper released shows that concerns have been taken into consideration.

CNMC investigates alleged collusion in the Spanish cement and concrete industry

The Spanish Competition Authority is carrying out an inquiry to investigate alleged anti-competitive behaviour in the cement and concrete markets in Spain.

Spanish Competition Authority imposes a fine of 0.0001% of total turnover on Essilor for filing post completion

Spanish Competition Authority imposes fine of 0.0001% of total turnover on Essilor for failing to file ahead of its acquisition of Singaporean Polycore Optical.

CMA finalises remedies to reduce premiums for UK drivers

New measures, announced on 24 September by the Competition and Markets Authority, are expected to increase competition in the UK car insurance market.

FCO reports on its sector inquiry into buyer power in the German food retail sector

Having examined the market structure of the food retail sector over a period of three years, the FCO has published a report on the position in Germany.

Advocate General gives opinion on London bus lane ban

According to the legal opinion of Advocate General Wahl, a ban on private taxis using bus lanes in London does not break EU rules on illegal state aid.

French Competition Authority recommends SNCF implements separate accounts for its rail infrastructures management activities

The French Competition Authority has published a recommendation requiring SNCF to present separate accounts for different activities.

Controlling stake in media company prompts EUMR Phase II investigation

The European Commission has announced an in-depth Phase II investigation into Liberty Global’s proposed acquisition of a 50% stake in De Vijver Media.

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