The last several months have seen several developments in European privacy and intellectual property that have significant implications for life sciences interests—both commercial and academic—in this country. Here is a brief review:
1. Final Approval of Pending EU General Data Protection Regulation
On April 14, 2016, the Parliament of the European Union gave final approval to the long-discussed GDPR. It will replace the current regime of country-by-country laws under the 1995 Data Protection Directive. Whereas an EU Directive requires implementation by individual EU member states, the GDPR is a Regulation (much like a federal law in this country) that will take immediate effect in all EU countries in the spring of 2018.
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