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Liberalisation of the Distribution of Medical Devices (NautaDutilh)

Authors: Christel Brion, Florence Verhoestraete, Jeroen Boelens en Vincent Wellens (NautaDutilh) Publication date: 19/02/2019 Until recently, certain medical devices could only be distributed in Belgium through limited channels (pharmacies or dental practitioners). In addition, Belgian law prohibited the sale of some medical devices directly to physicians; consequently, patients could obtain such devices only from

2019-02-19T10:35:28+00:00 19 februari 2019|Categories: Gezondheidszorg Pharma & lifesciences|Tags: , |

International Business Court to Put Brussels on the Map as a Hub for Cross-border Dispute Resolution (NautaDutilh)

Author: Alexander Roels (NautaDutilh) Publication date: 16/10/2018 On 15 May 2018, the Belgian government submitted a bill to Parliament which brings us one step closer to the creation of the Brussels International Business Court (BIBC), undoubtedly one of the most noteworthy judicial developments in recent years. Brussels as a centre for

2018-10-27T10:40:50+00:00 27 oktober 2018|Categories: Gerechtelijk recht|Tags: , |

GDPR Bill Finally Released (NautaDutilh)

Authors: Heidi Waem and Louisa Vandepitte (NautaDutilh) Date of publication: 13/06/2018 The Belgian GDPR bill is finally ready and has been submitted to Parliament for review. Please find below a brief summary of the bill's main highlights of relevance to private companies. We will follow-up on the legislative process and will inform

2018-06-13T11:54:08+00:00 13 juni 2018|Categories: Privacy recht Privacy, IT & IP recht|Tags: , , |

Important changes to Benelux Trade Mark Law as per June 1, 2018 (NautaDutilh)

Author: Charles Gielen (NautaDutilh) Date of publication: 23/04/2018 The Benelux trade mark System will undergo two important changes as per June 1, 2018. Appeals from decisions of the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP) Until now appeals from decisions of the BOIP in opposition cases were brought before the courts of

2018-05-02T10:32:23+00:00 2 mei 2018|Categories: Intellectuele rechten Privacy, IT & IP recht|Tags: , |

Can (and should) my business accept payment in bitcoin? (NautaDutilh)

Auteur: Karel De Smet (NautaDutilh) Publicatiedatum: 10/04/2018 Faced with spectacular increases (and drops) in value, cryptocurrencies appear to be making their first inroads in the regular economy. As of March 2018, dozens of Belgian brick-and-mortar stores now offer customers the possibility to pay in bitcoin, the first and still most widely

Belgium : No Strict Liability for the Holder of an IP Right Enforcing a Descriptive Seizure (NautaDutilh)

Authors: Florence Verhoestraete, Tanguy de Haan en Christel Brion (NautaDutilh) Date of publication: 29/03/2018 On 28 February 2018, the Brussels Court of Appeal rendered a decision in the Snowfall case on the issue of liability for harm caused by a so-called descriptive seizure (saisie-contrefaçon). The facts of the case can be summarised as

Optional Application of VAT on Real Estate Leases as of 1 October 2018 (NautaDutilh)

Authors: Didier De Vliegher en Ken Lioen (NautaDutilh) Date of publication: 27/03/2018 On 24 March 2018, the Belgian federal government issued a press release following the interim audit of the 2018 budget, announcing optional VAT on (qualifying) real estate leases as of 1 October 2018. No official text is available yet.

2018-03-27T10:45:25+00:00 27 maart 2018|Categories: BTW en douane Fiscaal recht|Tags: , , |

Is crowdfunding finally here to stay? (NautaDutilh)

Author: Carlo Persyn (NautaDutilh) Date of publication: 20/03/2018 The annual crowdfunding barometer, prepared by FinTechBelgium in collaboration with Trends Business Information, reveals that the Belgian crowdfunding market has doubled since 2016. Companies and organisations raised more than €22 million through 80 crowdfunding transactions in 2017. Compared to other types of financing, crowdfunding is

2018-03-21T09:39:47+00:00 21 maart 2018|Categories: Financieel recht Handels- en financieel recht|Tags: , |

Crocs killed its own design through public disclosure (NautaDutilh)

Authors: Tanguy de Haan, Anne Marie Verschuur and Vincent Wellens (NautaDutilh) Date of publication: 14/03/2018 The General Court of the EU confirmed the cancellation of the registration for the famous design of Crocs clogs on the ground that it was disclosed to the public more than twelve months preceding the priority date. The

2018-03-20T14:55:37+00:00 20 maart 2018|Categories: Intellectuele rechten Privacy, IT & IP recht|Tags: , |

Proceedings Before the Data Protection Authority (NautaDutilh)

Authors: Heidi Waem and Louisa Vandepitte (NautaDutilh) Date of publication: 24/01/2018 On 10 January 2018, the Act on the creation of the Data Protection Authority (the "Act") was published in the Belgian State Gazette. Further to our previous newsletter on the composition and powers of the Data Protection Authority (the "Authority"), this

2018-01-24T13:54:31+00:00 24 januari 2018|Categories: Privacy recht Privacy, IT & IP recht|Tags: , , , |