A new approach to referrals under the EU Merger Regulation

September 27, 2022

The European Commission (along with the U.S. FTC and DoJ, UK CMA, German FCO and others), has been focused on ensuring that so-called “killer acquisitions” in the digital and life sciences sectors are reviewed. Against this background, the General Court’s decision in Illumina/Grail is of key importance to companies acquiring start-ups.

Federal Court of Canada continues to support patentability of computer-implemented inventions

August 01, 2022

In Benjamin Moore & Co. v. Attorney General of Canada, 2022 FC 9231, the Federal Court of Canada set aside the Canadian Intellectual Property Office’s (CIPO) refusal of patent applications for two computer-implemented inventions relating to colour selection methods using experimentally derived relationships for colour harmony and colour emotion.

UK AI: UK consults on non-statutory cross-sectoral guidance principles for regulating AI – final approach still some way off

July 27, 2022

On 18 July 2022, the UK Government put forward proposals on the future regulation of Artificial Intelligence. The approach anticipates a horizontal non-statutory overlay addressing key areas of AI regulatory novelty to attain consistency and coherence, while allowing sectoral flexibility.

Metaverse opportunities — and risks — for sports are unlimited

July 22, 2022

Similar to esports, the key monetization opportunity for the sports metaverse lies in sponsorship, streaming, broadcasting and advertising.

Hermès Challenge of “MetaBirkin” NFTs to Continue

July 18, 2022

Luxury design house Hermès International and Hermès of Paris, Inc. (Hermès) is suing artist Mason Rothschild in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York for trademark infringement and dilution, misappropriation of its BIRKIN trademark, cybersquatting, false designation of origin and description, and injury to business reputation.

UK Government responds on AI and IP rights to allow text and data mining of copyright works in all circumstances

July 01, 2022

The UK Government has published its response to the consultation on AI and IP rights (our recent blog post sets out a detailed overview of the questions raised by the consultation), having held several roundtables and received detailed written responses from participants across industries.

Canada's artificial intelligence legislation is here

June 28, 2022

On 16 June 2022 the Canadian federal government introduced Bill C-27, also known as the Digital Charter Implementation Act 2022.

AI and diversity and inclusion – Creating an inclusive culture powered by technology

June 15, 2022

Disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence (or AI) and machine learning are opening up new ways to derive novel insights and augment decision making for more diverse and inclusive workplaces.

Are NFTs a type of property under English law

June 06, 2022

An English court has reportedly recognised a non-fungible token (NFT) as a type of property in an as yet unreported High Court decision.

English Court of Appeal holds that excluding liability for indirect losses, loss of profits, revenues and savings does not exclude wasted expenditure

May 10, 2022

The English Court of Appeal has overturned a High Court decision and ruled that an exclusion clause that excluded liability for loss of profits, revenues and savings did not exclude wasted expenditure (Soteria Insurance Limited (formerly CIS General Insurance Limited) v IBM United Kingdom Limited [2022] EWCA Civ 440).