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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.

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.

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.

Intellectual property rights in the Metaverse

February 21, 2022

The metaverse will offer an immersive digital world that feels physical and tangible in nature. Interacting with metaverse has the opportunity to shift the internet in a new direction and pose new intellectual property rights for developers, contributors, and users.

AI inventorship on the horizon: DABUS comes to Canada

February 09, 2022

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) recently provided a first glimpse into how it will treat the issue of AI inventorship.

UK guidance for marketers in the cryptoasset space

February 09, 2022

On 18 January 2022, HM Treasury announced that it will be bringing adverts for cryptoassets in line with other types of financial advertising by extending the financial promotion restrictions to encompass them.

Open source software licence obligations: Potential pitfalls for proprietary trained neural networks

January 19, 2022

Open source software and components can provide useful building blocks to reduce development time and effort.

UK Government asks for the public’s views on how to deal with AI and IP rights

December 16, 2021

Following its call for views on AI and the IP framework in early 2021, the UK Government has released another consultation on AI and IP rights.

The year that was for DABUS, the world’s first AI ‘inventor’

December 13, 2021

While many of us (in Australia at least), have spent the better part of the last two years locked down, sitting on the couch waiting out the COVID-19 pandemic, judges and patent examiners around the world have been busy grappling with questions ranging from the mundane (legislative interpretation) to the existential (what it means to be ‘a creator’ ).