Portugal has recently introduced changes in the rules applying both to restrictive and to unfair trade practices. The first amendments to the Restrictive Trade Practices Act were published on 8 October, 2015 (Decree-Law 220/2015) and came into force on 7 December.
The Boletín Oficial del Estado (Official State Gazette) – published on 25 July, 2015 – contains the new Patent Law (Law 24/2015), which introduced significant changes to the Spanish patent protection system. Of these changes, we feel the need to highlight the following, given their importance
The Portuguese state has created an Arbitral Court for sports, which has mandatory jurisdiction over all administrative disputes arising in relation to sports federations, sports leagues and the anti-doping authority. The goal was to remove these type of cases from the state courts, which in the context of sports disputes were often viewed as slow, ineffective and bureaucratic. The Portuguese Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has been fully operational since 1 October, 2015.
Now that, according to the macroeconomic data, we are starting to leave behind the crisis, it is time to take stock of the legislation that has been introduced to improve the financing of small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in Spain.
The 2011 foreign investment law of Angola was repealed on 11 August, 2015 and a new foreign investment law entered into force on the same day. Law 14/15, of 11 August – the New Angolan Private Investment Law (NPIL) – is now the governing act.
Employment-related issues concerning social media have finally been brought to Portuguese courts’ attention - three decisions of Appeal Courts on this topic were published during the year 2014, and it is expected that more decisions will follow.
Over the past 30 years, surveillance and inspection of industrial activity in Portugal has been mainly absent. The concrete enforcement of industrial regulation is a joint responsibility of the State and the Municipalities and their cooperation has not always been exemplary. With the growth of administrative regulation, particularly as a consequence of European law, several companies found themselves operating in an irregular manner and never rectified the situation.