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Intellectual property and media
Intellectual property and media - ranked: tier 3


Gassauer-Fleissner is well regarded for patent and trade mark litigation, but the firm also handles non-contentious IP and media matters. Clients include AstraZeneca and Novartis. Christian Gassauer-Fleissner and Dominik Göbel are key contacts.

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  • Turkey: Recognition & Enforcement of an Award

    Enforceability of a foreign award in Turkey requires a recognition lawsuit to be filed before the Turkish courts. The Code on International Private and Procedure Law (number 5718) (the “Law”) explicitly regulates the terms and conditions in this respect.  Read more...
  • Europe: EU-Export Compliance – Loosening of Iran trade restrictions

    In order to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear programme for the construction of weapons of mass destruction ("WMD"), the UN Security Council from July 2006 onwards passed a series of resolutions by which several foreign trade restrictions were imposed on Iran. Consequently, the EU too enacted a series of restrictive measures against Iran through which the UN resolutions have been implemented and materially amended. The EU has imposed additional sanctions against Iran due to human rights infringements and internal repression in Iran. Currently, the following EU trade restrictions are in place:  read more
  • Slovenia: New Employment Legislation Brings Simplifications for Foreigners

    The recently adopted ZZSDT, which enters into force on 1 September 2015, sets out new conditions for the employment, self-employment and work of foreigners and indirectly transposes the relevant EU Directive into national legislation.  Read more... 
  • Czech Republic: Employee share incentive schemes – capital market regulatory assessment

    The Czech law provides – under Act No. 256/2004 Coll., the Capital Market Undertakings Act (the "Act") – the obligation to publish a securities prospectus, if those securities are offered to random investors in the Czech Republic. But does this obligation also apply to employee share incentive schemes and are there any exceptions to this obligation?  Read more...
  • SK: Did you Finish your Homework? Period for Employers to Comply with New Whistleblowing Act Ended

    On 16 October 2014, the National Council of the Slovak Republic adopted Act No. 307/2014 Coll. on Certain Measures Related to Reporting of Anti-social Activities and on Amendment and Supplements to Certain Acts ("Act"), which is considered as the first comprehensive regulation of whistleblowing in Slovakia. The Act came into force on 1 January 2015.  read more...
  • Poland: Changes in the Labour Law

    On 21 August 2015 an act amending the Polish Labour Code was published in the Journal of Laws. The long-expected changes come into force after 6 months from publication. We would like to highlight the following changes:  read more... 
  • Czech Republic: Business Shares in the Community Property of Spouses

    The discussion about the business shares of companies owned in the community property of spouses – regulated by the new Czech Civil Code and Business Corporations Act (both effective from 1 January 2014) – has recently come to a standstill over the question of the consequences of the absence of such a regulation, which was formerly included in the old Civil Code from 1964. This regulation distinguished between proprietary and management issues (corporate issues), which meant that if a married person acquired a business share it did not automatically result in membership in the company for their spouse. Read more
  • Serbia: New Law on Conversion of Right over Construction Land into Ownership against Compensation

    The long-expected Law on conversion of usage right into ownership against compensation (" Conversion Act ") entered into force on 28 July 2015.  Read more...
  • ECHR -- Internet News Portals May Be Held Liable for User-generated Comments

    On 16 July 2015, in a case of first impression, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (" ECHR ") issued its final decision regarding the liability of a news portal for offensive comments made by its users. In the case Delfi AS v. Estonia (application no. 64569/09, the " Case "), the ECHR decided that holding an internet news portal liable for comments made by a third-party commentator to the portal’s site is not in breach of the portal’s freedom to impart information.  read more...
  • Austria: Court confirms advance effects of the new procurement directives

    As sufficiently known by practitioners of public procurement law, the transition pe-riod for the new Directives on public procurement law 2014/23/EU, 2014/24/EU and 2014/25/EU ("the Directives"), which entered into force in March 2014, will predominantly elapse on 18 April 2016.  read more...