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Up­dated CMS Ex­pert Guide to Trade Secrets
From pat­ents to pro­grammes, designs to data, your most valu­able busi­ness as­sets can be the things you can’t put un­der lock and key. But what leg­al re­course do you have to pro­tect these in­tan­gible as­sets...
CMS Ex­pert Guide on rising raw ma­ter­i­al prices in Po­land
1. Have spe­cif­ic le­gis­lat­ive or reg­u­lat­ory pro­vi­sions been ad­op­ted by the Gov­ern­ment in re­la­tion to the in­crease in the price of raw ma­ter­i­als? Neither the Pol­ish Par­lia­ment nor the Coun­cil of Min­is­ters...
Trade secret laws and reg­u­la­tions in Po­land
Gen­er­al 1. Has the Dir­ect­ive (EU) 2016/943 of the European Par­lia­ment and of the Coun­cil of 8 June 2016 on the pro­tec­tion of un­dis­closed know-how and busi­ness in­form­a­tion (trade secrets) against their...
Schrems II: Re­ac­tions to the judge­ment and the su­per­vis­ory au­thor­it­ies'...
“Schrems II”: Opin­ions of the su­per­vis­ory au­thor­it­ies on Schrems II and re­com­mend­a­tions on the im­ple­ment­a­tion of the judge­ment in in­ter­na­tion­al data trans­fers On 16 Ju­ly 2020, the Court of Justice...
10 key as­pects of the re­vised EU com­pet­i­tion law in the field of dis­tri­bu­tion...
The new Ver­tic­al Block Ex­emp­tion Reg­u­la­tion (VBER) and the new ac­com­pa­ny­ing Ver­tic­al Guidelines (VGL) were pub­lished on 10 May 2022. The new VBER will enter in­to force on 1 June 2022 and ap­ply for the...
Re­tail­er­'s Guide to Po­land 2022
We are de­lighted to present the 2022 edi­tion of CMS Re­tail­er’s Guide to Po­land.The re­tail busi­ness has its own spe­cif­ics that re­quire tail­or-made leg­al solu­tions. This guide provides an ana­lys­is of...
Sanc­tions on Rus­sia and Be­larus – draft act in Po­land
Work is un­der­way on the gov­ern­ment draft act on spe­cial solu­tions in the scope of coun­ter­act­ing sup­port for the in­va­sion of Ukraine and serving the pro­tec­tion of na­tion­al se­cur­ity (“Draft Act”). The...
CEE Green­field Guide 2022
CEE coun­tries con­tin­ue to at­tract sig­ni­fic­ant for­eign dir­ect in­vest­ment in green­field op­er­a­tions. In­deed, many man­u­fac­tur­ing busi­nesses fo­cus on ex­pand­ing ca­pa­city in CEE coun­tries, some­times at the ex­pense...
CMS ad­vises the Re­caro Group on the ac­quis­i­tion of a ma­jor­ity stake Grow­ag
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised the Re­caro Group on the ac­quis­i­tion of a ma­jor­ity stake in the Grodzisk-based Fabryka Wy­po­sażenia Wag­onów “Grow­ag” sp. z o.o.The Ger­man Re­caro Group is known for...
Where’s my “NFT” gone? Po­ten­tial pit­falls of NFT own­er­ship
NFTs have re­ceived a lot of at­ten­tion in the last year, so much so that Collins Dic­tion­ary named “NFT” their word of the year for 2021. But it is worth not­ing that own­er­ship of an NFT of­ten ul­ti­mately...
EU Opin­ion on the Pro­posed Product Safety Reg­u­la­tion
The European Com­mis­sion has put for­ward a pro­pos­al for a new re­freshed Reg­u­la­tion on product safety in line with the New Con­sumer Agenda (the “Pro­posed Reg­u­la­tion”). If passed in its cur­rent form...
Un­fair trad­ing prac­tices in the ag­ri­cul­tur­al and food sup­ply chain in Po­land
1. How are un­fair trad­ing prac­tices in the ag­ri­cul­tur­al and food chain reg­u­lated in this jur­is­dic­tion? When the ap­plic­able reg­u­la­tions were in­tro­duced and when they were last amended? In Po­land, un­fair...