Litigation in the metaverse: is IP fit for purpose?


Muireann Bolger

Litigation in the metaverse: is IP fit for purpose?

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Disputes over the virtual realm will test the boundaries of existing IP laws, finds Muireann Bolger.

If interest from the world’s largest tech companies is a measure of potential, then the dawn of the metaverse is not far away.

Facebook rebranded as Meta at the tail end of last year and shortly after its company accounts showed just how much it is pinning on the virtual ecosystem, revealing a $10 billion spend on its metaverse division in 2021.

Apple is expected to unveil its own virtual reality headset this autumn after a long period of research and development. Experts predict that it could be the tech giant’s most significant new product since the iPhone.

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