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).

Demise of the machines: Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia overturns ruling on artificial intelligence as a patent ‘inventor’

May 05, 2022

After a somewhat surprising victory in the Federal Court last year (about which we wrote in our article ‘Rise of the Machines’), the hopes that an artificial intelligence machine, nicknamed DABUS, could be named as the inventor on a patent application have now been dashed by the Full Court. In short, the Full Court upheld an appeal by the Commissioner, ultimately finding that Dr Thaler’s patent application had indeed lapsed for failure to name an ‘inventor’ as required by the relevant regulations.

Russia enables free use of Russian patents and other intellectual property of rights holders in countries committing “unfriendly acts”

April 12, 2022

On 7 March 2022 a decree of the Russian government took effect, announcing that compensation need not be paid for the unauthorised use of Russian patents, utility models and designs to rights holders connected with foreign countries committing “unfriendly acts” against Russian legal entities and individuals.

EU Vehicle Data Consultation and the Evolving EU Regulatory Landscape for Connected Vehicles

April 12, 2022

In the coming years, data collected by vehicles will be subject to a new EU regulatory regime consisting of horizontal rules applicable across many industries and vertical rules designed specifically for the automotive sector.

High Court rejects claim blockchain developers owe duties to users

March 29, 2022

The latest instalment in the Tulip Trading v Bitcoin Association litigation has been greeted with relief by many in the blockchain community, after the High Court threw out a claim that bitcoin developers (including several bitcoin forks) owed a duty of care or a fiduciary duty to an alleged owner of bitcoin.

Copyright protection for AI-created work?

March 21, 2022

Artificial intelligence (AI) systems are capable of creating a wide range of artistic, musical, and literary works and inventions without human involvement. These AI creations raise challenges to intellectual property (IP) frameworks.

UK proposes rules to protect against anonymous online trolls

March 18, 2022

The UK Government has added two new duties to the proposed Online Safety Bill (the Bill) that are aimed at protecting people against anonymous online abuse.

The EU's Data Act: Capstone of the EU Data Strategy

March 14, 2022

On 23 February 2022 the EU Commission published its long-awaited Data Act, the last major building block of the Commission’s February 2020 Data Strategy.

Digital Health 2022

March 08, 2022

Norton Rose Fulbright lawyers Roger Kuan and Jason Novak contributed several chapters to Digital Health 2022 International Comparative Legal Guide, published by GLG, which is a leading global platform for legal reference, analysis and news.

What is the Metaverse & why should you care about it?

March 01, 2022

The Metaverse has moved beyond science fiction movies like Ready Player One to become an important reality. Fortune magazine recently said that the Metaverse might just be the most important tech trend since the iPhone.