ACT | The App Association Webinar: The Role of Injunctions in the European Union

The European Union Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive (2004/48) sets out a basic framework for harmonizing the enforcement of intellectual property. This webinar will discuss how the IPRED is transposed and interpreted in national jurisdictions. The audience will hear from esteemed practitioners from law firms all across the European Union, with a focus on France, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. The topic of injunctions has become particularly relevant in light of the proposed reform of German Patent Law, [...]

Countdown to P2B Regulation in the EU: What You Need to Know

On 14 June 2019, European institutions adopted the “Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on promoting fairness and transparency for business users of online intermediation services”, also known as the Platform-to-Business or P2B. As stipulated by law, the regulation goes into effect 12 months from the date of publication in the Official Journal of the European Union (EU). That day is 12 July 2020 – which is coming up soon! We are using this special occasion to [...]

The App Association Comments on the European Commission’s Proposals for the Digital Services Act

On June 30, ACT | The App Association submitted feedback to the European Commission (EC) about two inception impact assessments (IIAs) related to the Digital Services Act legislative package (DSA). The DSA will update the EU’s 20-year-old eCommerce directive and address liability for user-generated content, online disinformation, as well as possible abuse of market power by online companies known as “gatekeepers”. In the first impact assessment, regarding the creation of a “New Competition Tool”, the EC proposes four options to [...]

Competition in the Digital Economy and the Digital Services Act

On Tuesday, 30 June, Dora Palfi from ACT | The App Association member company imagiLabs spoke on behalf of app makers in a panel discussion on competition in the digital economy. The panel was part of Forum Europe’s Digital Services Act (DSA) conference, a weeklong event of virtual networking, panel discussions, stakeholder engagement, and keynote speeches. The background for the conversation was the European Commission’s (EC) ongoing consultation on the DSA package. This regulation may include ex-ante regulation for “large [...]

The App Economy Generated €187.2 Billion in Revenue in the EU

In 2019, the app economy contributed a total of €187 billion in direct and indirect revenue to the European Union’s (EU) economy and supported up to 1.7 million jobs in all sectors. In 2019, the app economy added 0.4 percent in value to the EU’s GDP in 2019.  Mobile app stores have a tremendously positive impact on the EU’s digital economy by creating a frictionless environment where users and app developers can interact simply and easily. These are some of [...]

CCPA Updates: Enforcement, Final Regulations, and CCPA 2.0

We last checked-in on the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) a little less than six months ago, shortly after the law went into effect. Since then, there’s been a lot of effort poured into refining and clarifying the law; two updates to the law’s implementing regulations and an entire new draft ballot initiative, to be exact. Good news for those seeking interpretation on the numerous ambiguities the App Association and others highlighted, right? Well, not exactly. To be frank, there [...]

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