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European Regulators Set Out Data Anonymization Standards

This post was originally published on our sister blog Inside Privacy On April 10, 2014, the Article 29 Working Party adopted an Opinion on anonymization techniques.  The Working Party accepts that anonymization techniques can help individuals and society reap the benefits of “open data” initiatives – initiatives intended to make various types of data more freely available … Continue Reading

New Directors’ Remuneration Regime: The Facts for Life Sciences Companies

In the wake of the financial crisis and the so-called ‘shareholder-spring’ of 2012 (a period during which many shareholders refused to endorse directors’ remuneration policies), the government has introduced new rules on directors’ remuneration reporting. The new rules: (i) increase the compliance burdens regarding the reporting of directors’ remuneration policies; (ii) increase shareholder control over … Continue Reading

A Move to Harmonise Trade Secret Laws Across Europe?

Hannah Edmonds, a trainee associate in Covington’s London office, contributed to this post. Currently, legal  regimes governing protection of trade secrets and confidential information across the EU are fairly disparate. A study published by the European Commission in July (http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/iprenforcement/docs/20130711/final-study_en.pdf)  has identified a ‘widespread appetite for a harmonized approach’ across the region. Harmonisation of the … Continue Reading

Commission Issues Recommendations Aiming to Improve Costly Employee-Related Legislation for SMEs

As reported in an earlier post, the European Commission (EC) is conducting a study of the top ten most burdensome EU laws for SMEs. This is part of an initiative – the Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme (REFIT) – launched by the Commission in 2012 to ease the regulatory burden on SMEs in Europe. On … Continue Reading

“Bring Your Own Device to Work” – Can Life Sciences Employers Safely Embrace the Trend?

Since Apple launched the first iPhone in 2007, the popularity of smart phones and tablets has sky-rocketed.  These devices, with their sleek design, touch screens and easy access to a myriad of entertainment options, have fast become the preferred method of communication for executives. In recent years, a growing number of companies have allowed employees … Continue Reading

European Commission Set to Ease Regulatory Burden on SMEs: Key Implications for Life Sciences Employers

By Chris Bracebridge In March 2013, the European Commission published preliminary results of its study of the top ten most burdensome EU laws for SMEs.  Employee-related legislation forms a significant part of that list, and is among the most costly and onerous. The “top ten” study is part of an initiative — the Regulatory Fitness … Continue Reading

Key Considerations for European M&A in the Life Sciences Sector

Article originally published in PLC Life Sciences Handbook 2012 M&A in the life sciences sector has remained robust, driven by factors such as: „„ The need to replenish shrinking product pipelines. „„ The need to maintain revenues as patents on top-selling products expire. „„ The strategic diversification of business lines. „„ Expansion into emerging markets. … Continue Reading

Agency Workers Regulations: Issues for Life Sciences Companies

Originally published as Covington E-Alert on June 15, 2011 The U.K. Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has recently issued the final version of its guidance on the Agency Workers Regulations 2010, which implement Directive 2008/104/EC. The Regulations come into force on 1 October 2011, and will entitle agency workers (or “temps”) to the … Continue Reading

Employee’s Rights to Compensation for Inventions – a European Perspective

Article originally published in PLC Life Sciences Handbook 2009/2010 Many life science companies rely on their employees’ inventiveness to fuel their research and development (R&D) efforts and generate patents. The most successful inventions can generate billions of euros of sales annually. In some circumstances, the employees who created the patentable inventions may be entitled to … Continue Reading
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