CAUTION! Incorrect notifications concerning the transparency register in circulation
At present, an organisation Transparenzregister e.V. sends out e-mails in different versions requesting companies to register in the transparency register within 10 days using the link provided in the e-mail.
Federal Ministry of Justice puts patent law amendment up for discussion
On 14 January 2020, the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection presented the second law to simplify and modernise patent law in a discussion draft.
Competitive originality in the context of an unfair deception of origin
The Higher Regional Court of Cologne, in its judgment of 27 September 2019, file no. 6 U 75 / 19, stated that the deception of origin is unfair under Section 4 no. 3 lit. a of the German Unfair Competition Act (UWG).
Amendments to the Money Laundering Act in force
The Act Implementing the Directive amending to the Fourth EU Money Laundering Directive was published in the Federal Law Gazette on 19 December 2019 and came into force on 1 January 2020.
Changes in Dutch labour law
At the turn of the year, various amendments to Dutch labour law come into force (selection):
VOB/A remains unchanged
The working group for the standardisation of public procurement law has decided that the German Construction Contract Procedures, Part A (VOB/A) will remain in force. The VDMA had campaigned for its preservation. The VDMA therefore expressly welcomes this development.
No obligation to inform about security gaps and missing updates
An electronics store does not have to point out security gaps and missing updates of the operating system of the smartphones it sells. This was decided by the 6th Civil Senate of the Cologne Higher Regional Court.
The review of the General Data Protection Regulation / Orgalim-Questionnaire
Article 97 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requires the European Commission to present a report on the evaluation and review of this Regulation by 25 May 2020.
European "Mobility" Directive published
The so-called "Mobility" Directive on cross-border transformation, merger and division was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 12 December 2019.
European Commission launches consultation on horizontal block exemption regulations
Already in November, the European Commission launched an extensive consultation on the two horizontal block exemption regulations:

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