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European Commission Adopts Revised Competition Regime for Technology Transfer Agreements

On 21 March 2014, the European Commission (Commission) adopted a revised set of rules for the assessment of technology transfer agreements by the Commission and national competition authorities. The new Technology Transfer Block Exemption Regulation and accompanying Technology Transfer Guidelines will enter into force on 1 May 2014. The revised regime provides clearer and, arguably much needed, guidance on licensing agreements. This enhanced clarity should make it easier for businesses to assess whether or not their licensing and other collaborative practices aimed at the transfer of technology are in compliance with EU competition law.

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Waking Up a Sleeping Giant

by Wilko van Weert

The European Commission has invited comments as it reviews the current regime for Technology Transfer Agreements.  All stakeholders that have worked with the current set of rules will have a real interest in its improvement and should find it worthwhile to take part in the consultation process.  In order to be involved in the shaping of these proposals and not just in the polishing of them, it is important to submit comments ahead of the 3 February 2012 deadline.

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