new technologies

Investment disputes in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Technological advance and resultant socio-economic “revolutions” have always triggered significant developments in international economic law.

Green light for autonomous vehicles in Poland?

Will the amendment to the Road Traffic Law draw investors wishing to test autonomous vehicles in Poland?

Proposal for crowdfunding regulation—part of the European Commission’s FinTech development strategy

Reports released by the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance leave no doubt that Europe has fallen a long way behind the United States and Asian countries in development of modern financial services. This is especially noticeable in crowdfunding. In Asia Pacific countries, this method generates more than USD 200 billion per year, but only some USD 8 billion in Europe. The proposed crowdfunding regulation is intended to change this by harmonising European laws and introducing a European passport for service providers operating crowdfunding platforms.

Artificial intelligence and the assault on the legal profession

A forthcoming breakthrough in smart algorithm systems will certainly revolutionise the entire economy, much as internet access has become universal. This revolution will not just impact opportunities for finding work in professions such as translator or driver, but will also completely transform the operations of the justice system. This was demonstrated in a recent competition to predict the results of court proceedings between a group of lawyers and an algorithm created by an English startup.

How will the new ePrivacy Regulation affect the operation of websites?

The General Data Protection Regulation entering into force on 25 May 2018 is not the only privacy revolution in store for the EU. The proposed ePrivacy Regulation is also generating greater and greater controversy and may change the shape of the internet as we know it.

Multimedia trademarks open up entirely new possibilities

Changes to the EU’s trademark regulations entered into force on 1 October 2017, recognising for the first time multimedia marks combining image and sound. They may consist for example of animations launched in mobile devices or apps, jingles from film studios, brief video clips, and so on.