New Horizons: How external counsel can help you explore and secure market entry opportunities

November 2021

IR Global members offer jurisdiction-specific advice on how external counsel can help you explore & secure market entry opportunities.  The global Covid-19 pandemic may not be over, but business leaders […]

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ECJ: Toy block eligible for design protection

A well-known toy building block shall continue to enjoy protection. That was the verdict of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in a ruling from March 24, 2021 that overturned a decision of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) (A.: T-515/19). Design protection can be requested in the European Union for the appearance of […]

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Warehousing systems for Q-Commerce: GvW Graf von Westphalen advises Vsquared Ventures on financing round of Noyes Technologies

Munich-based start-up Noyes Technologies has secured initial seed funding of EUR 3.2 million. The financing round, in which 468 Capital and Abacon Capital also participated, was led by GvW client Vsquared Ventures. Noyes Technologies develops automated and highly flexible nano warehousing systems offering a space-saving and thus cost-efficient solution for the logistics of industrial and […]

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Cultural differences in business between BeNeLux and Germany – the door to good business?!

The BeNeLux (Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxembourg) seems so similar to Germany that a lot of people assume there are no cultural differences. We advise companies and individuals from the BeNeLux and Germany with their business operations abroad and realised that the cultural differences are bigger than once thought. A lot of issues could arise from […]

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Lithium-ion batteries: GvW advises Vsquared Ventures and 468 Capital on financing round of CUSTOMCELLS

CUSTOMCELLS has successfully concluded a multi-million financing round. Investors include venture capital specialists Vsquared Ventures and 468 Capital, which were both advised by GvW Graf von Westphalen, and Porsche Ventures, the venture capital provider of Porsche AG. CUSTOMCELLS was founded as a spin-off of the German Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. With its sites in Itzehoe and Tübingen, it is […]

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Influencer advertising without labeling?

Authors: Margret Knitter, LL.M. and Dr. Carolin Louisa Schmidt It’s a familiar image on Instagram: Influencers show themselves perfectly styled in their pictures and let their followers know via so-called tap tags which brands and products they wear and use. By tapping on the photo, the brand is displayed and the user can click on the […]

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BGH approves clauses that provide for lump-sum compensation in response to cartel damages

In a judgment from February 10, 2021, the Bundesgerichtshof (BGH) – Germany’s Federal Supreme Court – found a clause providing for lump-sum compensation in response to damages claims lodged on the basis of unlawful cartel arrangements to be lawful (Az.: KZR 63/18). The case concerned claims for damages that had been asserted against one of […]

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IR Global – Meet the Members

Benelux

September 2021

For international businesses looking to gain a foothold in Europe, the Benelux countries – Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg – provide the perfect place to establish operations, with comprehensive infrastructure, […]

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No right to a copy of all emails

Employees cannot require their employer to provide a copy of all of their email communications from and about them. facts Since the GDPR came into force, employees have increasingly tried to get employers to make a settlement or an increased severance payment by asserting claims to information in accordance with Art. 15 GDPR in the […]

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Healthcare Services Sector Update – July 2021

Healthcare Services Sector Update – July 2021.pdf (0.3) MB The S&P Healthcare Services Index decreased by 3.1% over the last month, compared to the S&P 500 Index, which increased 1.7% over the same period. Over the past month:  The sectors that experienced the most growth were Acute Care Hospitals (up 17.2%), Contract Research Organizations (up 5.8%) […]

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Diagnostic Imaging Equipment Services Update – Summer 2021

 Diagnostic Imaging Equipment Services Update – Summer 2021.pdf (8.6) MB With greater availability of advanced imaging technology, hospitals and diagnostic imaging facilities are opting to purchase state-of-the-art technology in order to increase patient volume and drive incremental revenue from other departments. The increase in expenditures is driving the demand for downstream providers of equipment removal and […]

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