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MarkedsfÞring: EU med liste over helsepÄstander

June 2012 - EU & Competition. Legal Developments by Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS.

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EU-kommisjonen publiserte 25. mai 2012 den sÄkalte artikkel 13-listen med 222 godkjente helsepÄstander i markedsfÞring, etter anbefaling fra den Europeiske vitenskapskomité for mattrygghet (EFSA).

The patent owner prevailed in Norway’s first case on virus patent

June 2012 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS.

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The Supreme Court of Norway has recently turned down the appeal against the judgement of Borgarting Court of Appeal in the case Pharmaq AS v Intervet International BV et al.

Forslag til veiledning om prosjektsamarbeid

June 2012 - EU & Competition. Legal Developments by Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS.

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Konkurransetilsynet har presentert utkast til ny veiledning om prosjektsamarbeid. Utkastet fremstÄr pÄ enkelte omrÄder som en innstramming i forhold til tilsynets nÄvÊrende veiledning om prosjektsamarbeid, og strengere enn gjeldende EU-/EØS-rett.

Fellesnordiske krav til markedsfĂžring i sosiale medier - Personvernreformen

June 2012 - TMT ( Technology, Media & Telecoms). Legal Developments by Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS.

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De nordiske forbrukerombudene oppstiller felles krav til markedsfĂžring i sosiale medier

Prohibition against marketing of unhealthy foods and drinks directed at children and youth

June 2012 - TMT ( Technology, Media & Telecoms). Legal Developments by Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS.

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The Ministry of Health and Care Services and the Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion has proposed to prohibit marketing of unhealthy foods and drinks directed at children and youth.

Public Procurement 2012

May 2012 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS.

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Norway is a member of the European Economic Area (“the EEA”), and a party to the EEA agreement. Through the EEA agreement Norway has implemented EU legislation on, inter alia, public procurement.

Banking Regulation 2012

May 2012 - Finance. Legal Developments by Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS.

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The banking sector is regulated by the Ministry of Finance and the Norwegian Financial Supervisory Authority (the FSA). The FSA is responsible for the supervision of banks.

The Commission’s approach to acquisitions by Chinese public undertakings in Europe

March 2012 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS.

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The growing Chinese economy and Chinese investments is object of debate in Europe. Focus has especially been on alleged strategically-motivated takeovers by Chinese State-Owned-Enterprises (SOEs). Attorney-at-law Odd Stemsrud has written an article concerning the Commissions’ handling of acquisitions by Chinese SOEs.

Dell wins landmark case on permanent establishment in the Norwegian Supreme Court

March 2012 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS.

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The Norwegian Supreme Court issued its ruling in the so-called “Dell-case” on 2 December 2011. The main issue if the case was whether the Irish company Dell Products could be considered to have a taxable presence in Norway under article 5 (5) of the Tax Treaty between Ireland and Norway (permanent establishment), as a consequence of the activities of the Norwegian company Dell AS.

The Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund prepares to become property investor

June 2010 - Real Estate & Property. Legal Developments by Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS.

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The Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund (formally called the “Government Pension Fund Global” and popularly named the “Oil Fund”) has been authorised by its owner, the Norwegian Ministry of Finance, to invest in real estate through new rules that entered into force on 1 March 2010.

 

Google wins, but AdWords is no longer a free haven for trademark infringements

June 2010 - EU & Competition. Legal Developments by Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS.

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On 23 March 2010, the Court of Justice of the European Union gave its awaited decision in the trademark dispute between Louis Vuitton Malletier SA and Google France SARL et al, concerning Google’s advertising service AdWords. The Court found that Google does not violate trademark rights by offering advertisers to purchase search terms that are identical to registered trademarks. However, Google can still be held liable for contributory infringement on certain conditions. Pursuant to the judgement, the trademark holder will in any event be able to prohibit advertisers from using protected trademarks as search terms, if the use makes it more difficult for the ordinary internet user to determine whether the product originates from the advertiser or the trademark holder.

New competition rules for the insurance sector reduces scope of automatic exemption regime

June 2010 - EU & Competition. Legal Developments by Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS.

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The European Commission’s new block exemption regulation for the insurance sector entered into force on 1 April 2010. The new regulation renews (with certain amendments) the block exemption of agreements concerning joint compilations, tables and studies, and common coverage of certain types of risk (pools). In contrast, cooperation concerning standard policy conditions and cooperation concerning security devices are no longer block exempted. The changes, coupled with the Commission’s plans to closely monitor the insurance sector, mean that insurance companies are well advised to consider their business practices to ensure compliance with the competition laws.

Shipping briefing: Tramp Pools and Liner Consortia

January 2009 - Transport. Legal Developments by Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS.

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Maritime Guidelines and Liner Consortia Block Exemption

The proposal for a new Marketing Control Act has passed the Parliament’s reading

January 2009 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS.

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On 9 May 2008 the Norwegian Government presented a proposal for a new Marketing Control Act. The new Act will be of great importance for all businesses marketing goods and services to consumers in Norway

The Norwegian Tonnage Tax Regime

January 2009 - Tax & Private Client. Legal Developments by Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS.

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Effective as of 1 January 2007 the Norwegian tonnage tax regime was amended. The new tonnage tax regime was approved by the European Surveillance Authority (ESA) on 3 December 2008