In February 2020, the Home Office of the UK government released a policy statement noting the details of a new era of immigration to launch in the wake of Brexit. The new system, which remains encapsulated in the February 2020 policy statement, is purported to fulfill the UK Government’s commitment to “take back control of

After weeks of shelter-in-place orders around the world, some governments and public health authorities are working on exit strategies. Digital technologies and data are deemed to play an important role in that respect, with many European and other countries adopting or planning to adopt mobile contact tracing applications.

In the recent past, the sense of

As we continue to revise and update our Comparison of Economic Support Measures being introduced by governments around the world to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are starting to see some key trends emerge. In our most recent update, published today, we observe:

  • an increase in measures designed to protect those sectors

Best Practices in View of COVID-19 Deadline Extensions

Current as of April 6, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, intellectual property (IP) offices around the world are taking steps to address the impact that stay-at-home orders may have on IP practitioners and their own operations. Such measures include extensions to deadlines related to the prosecution of patents, trademarks, and copyrights. In the United States, however, these extensions apply only to certain deadlines, and only to those persons materially affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

This legal update describes temporary relief at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the IP offices of several foreign jurisdictions, highlighting notable extensions—and the lack thereof—that could potentially affect the registration of patents, trademarks, and copyrights. This update also presents best practices for protecting and maintaining one’s registered IP rights during the outbreak.


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The fight against the COVID-19 pandemic lead to the deployment of unprecedented responses by states and organizations; from “data against corona” initiatives (i.e., use of “anonymized” and “aggregated” mobile data as part of monitoring the success of in-shelter rules) to employers around the globe eager to protect their workforces and launching corona-investigations (inquiring about personal travels, imposing self-quarantine measures, etc.).

Even more in stretched times, attention shall be paid to the balancing of those initiatives against the fundamental right to privacy of individuals. In this context, many national data protection authorities in the European Union and the United Kingdom issued guidelines on the processing of personal data as part of the COVID-19 crisis in an effort to define what is possible and what is not.

We summarize below the approach taken in relation to three aspects of employee-privacy, namely: the opportunity for employers to request employees to disclose symptoms, the conduct of examination of employees and, finally, the disclosure of affected employees’ identity to peers.

A snapshot is provided for Belgium, France, Germany and the United Kingdom. For a broader review of cybersecurity and data privacy aspects in relation to COVID-19, please read our Legal Update on the subject.

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Diletta De Cicco and Charles Helleputte


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The fast-moving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic has seen a series of mechanisms deployed throughout Europe as governments seek to support businesses impacted by COVID-19.  To date, this has been done primarily on a country-by-country basis, leading to an array of different schemes across the EU.

Mayer Brown lawyers have produced a useful summary of

Every day, we receive new information on measures taken by the German Federal Government, the Federal States, the European Union and its institutions. The clear, common goal is to cushion the effects of the corona-pandemic on the German and European economy. On 13 March 2020, both the German Federal Government and the European Commission presented

The COVID-19 public health crisis has caused considerable damage to the economy of affected countries and to their trade partners. In an effort to mitigate the financial impact of this extraordinary crisis, measures are being implemented across Europe and the globe.

In the European Union, the European Commission has adopted a Temporary Framework to enable Member States to use the flexibility contemplated under State aid rules to support the economy in the context of the COVID-19 crisis. Along with a variety of other support measures that may be used by Member States under existing State aid rules, the Temporary Framework enables EU Member States to preserve the continuity of economic activity during and after the COVID-19 crisis.


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On Thursday, the European Central Bank (ECB) announced a EUR 750 billion “Pandemic Emergency Purchase Program (PEPP)” to help combat the economic consequences of the coronavirus crisis.

PEPP is a new bond purchase program for all categories of securities already eligible in the existing asset purchase program (APP) of the ECB. The program will include a new temporary purchase of public and private sector securities to counter the risks to the monetary policy transmission mechanism and the outlook for the euro area. In addition a waiver of the requirements for purchasing securities issued by the Greek government will be granted for purchases under PEPP.


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