The servant of two masters: ICO and OFCOM Joint Statement on Online Safety and Data Protection – coordination so service providers can comply with both

December 06, 2022

On 25 November 2022, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and the Office of Communications (OFCOM) (together, the Regulators) released a joint statement setting out their shared views on the interactions between online safety and data protection (the Statement).

Exclusionary practices by dominant players in light of recent case law in the digital sector?

November 30, 2022

On 14 September 2022, the General Court confirmed the decision of the European Commission fining Google for having imposed unlawful restrictions on manufacturers of Android mobile devices and mobile network operators to consolidate its dominant position on the search engine market.

The proposed EU Cyber Resilience Act: what it is and how it may impact the supply chain

October 17, 2022

On 15 September 2022, the European Commission published its proposal for a new Regulation which sets out cybersecurity related requirements for products with “digital elements”, known as the proposed Cyber Resilience Act (the CRA).

Does Ethereum's Merge point to a greener future for crypto assets?

October 10, 2022

Global organisations advocating to reduce their carbon impact face a unique dilemma when they are also engaging in the crypto space, due to the energy consumed in some blockchain networks.

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.