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Dabus and unanswered questions about inventive AI

International, UK24-08-2020Matt Hervey

IP decisions made about Dabus—a “creativity machine”—are likely to accelerate legislative consideration of the patentability of inventions by AI. For now, those using AI in innovation should consider what kind of human involvement suffices for a patent, and consider alternative forms of protection, says Matt Hervey, head of artificial intelligence at Gowling WLG.

Google and Uber’s trade secrets collision: a cautionary tale for IP owners


The saga of former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski’s imprisonment for trade secrets theft has highlighted the need for all businesses to be vigilant when it comes to safeguarding confidential information, as Oliver Laing and Christie Batty of Potter Clarkson argue.

Business continuity during lockdown

18-08-2020Mathilde Carle

Maintaining business practice under lockdown conditions involves communicating effectively and mastering technological office tools. Mathilde Carle, a lawyer with Paris-based Godin Associés, provides insight into the third session of a virtual discussion series hosted by the International Trademark Association’s Young Practitioners Committee on adjusting to work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

US jurisdiction report: COVID-19’s impact on US patent practices

17-08-2020Paul J Sutton

US patent and IP law practices, like other practices, have been suddenly and profoundly affected in many ways by the spreading COVID-19 pandemic. This article attempts to provide insights into and examples of the challenges facing patent companies and their patent attorneys as they cope with the inter-related combination of health and financial onslaughts.

Sweden jurisdiction report: Sinking the pirates

Sweden17-08-2020Maria Zamkova

The use of illegal digital services is decreasing significantly in Sweden, most of all by internet users aged 16 to 29, according to a recent survey, “Changed attitudes to illegal streaming”, published February 7, 2020, by Kantar Sifo on behalf of the Swedish Patent and Registration Office.

Italy jurisdiction report: A penalty kick for famous names

Italy17-08-2020Mauro Bronzini

The Italian Industrial Property Code confers autonomous protection on names which become famous in non-commercial fields, regardless of whether they are also registered as trademarks.

Netherlands jurisdiction report: Bun fight over burgers

17-08-2020Michiel Rijsdijk and Marlies Wiegerinck

On the May 27, the District Court of The Hague ruled that Nestlé’s Incredible Burger infringes the EU trademark ‘Impossible Burger’, owned by Impossible Foods, and ordered a pan-European interim injunction.

India jurisdiction report: Defending domain names

India14-08-2020NV Saisunder and S Vishaka

With the rapid growth of the internet and globalisation, the marketing of products and services through websites and domain names has become a vital part of brand-building and commerce for trademark owners.

France jurisdiction report: The role of warehouses in e-commerce

France14-08-2020Aurélia Marie

In a preliminary decision, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled in April on the responsibility of Amazon warehouse-keepers for the sale by a third-party seller on the online marketplace of perfume bottles for which the rights had not been exhausted.

Myanmar: A careful approach to change

Myanmar14-08-2020Moe Moe Thwe

Myanmar’s IP system is undergoing fundamental change: in the coming year, the country will establish an IP office and begin to enforce new IP laws. Sarah Morgan speaks with Moe Moe Thwe, deputy director general of the country’s IP department, about the progress made so far.

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