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Biological computing and related legal considerations

March 09, 2023

As recent innovations in Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) such as ChatGPT ignite debate over issues such as the legal status of non-humans, privacy implications of novel computing abilities, and rights of intelligent systems’ creators over output, similar considerations confront another emerging computing field—one involving human cells.

A new approach to referrals under the EU Merger Regulation

September 27, 2022

The European Commission (along with the US 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.

Telemedicine ads limited by Facebook

August 24, 2021

As the telemedicine industry continues to grow, especially in light of COVID-19, businesses should reconsider their policies and procedures in connection with telehealth services and user safety.

AI and drug discovery, Part 3: Protecting the value of data in collaborations

September 23, 2019

In Part 3, we highlight some of the legal issues surrounding the use of AI/ML in collaborative drug discovery and some solutions for addressing these issues.

AI and drug discovery, Part 2: In-depth look at the Mellody Project

September 16, 2019

Part 2 looks at an historic cross-competitor collaboration in the EU that is also leveraging blockchain technology to share large amounts of data to improve predictive models in drug discovery.

AI and drug discovery, Part 1: Collaborations between pharma and AI

September 09, 2019

In Part 1 of this update for 2019, we outline some of the key areas of advancements and discuss some of the recent partnerships between pharma companies and AI companies.

EU’s High-Level Expert Group on AI publishes Artificial Intelligence Ethics Guidelines

April 11, 2019

The Guidelines are the first deliverable under the European Union (EU’s) April 2018 Communication on Artificial Intelligence for Europe.

European Patent Office provides guidance on AI patentability

November 13, 2018

The European Patent Office (EPO) recently issued guidance on the patenting of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technologies. What does this mean for businesses in the field?

The Database Directive, AI and the data economy

September 03, 2018

Does the Database Directive protect machine-generated data and AI?  That is one of the questions the European Commission considered in its recently published second evaluation of the Database Directive.

Artificial Intelligence and the future of work

June 20, 2018

AI’s impact on the workplace is contingent on many variables - the level of employees’ education and training, the cost of the technology, its adoption rate, regulation, ethics and how far AI creates new jobs.