Is an Artificial Neural Network a computer programme ineligible for patent protection? – UK Human Rights Blog

‘This fascinating case is imperative reading for anyone not computer literate who wishes to understand the concept of an Artificial Neural Network. In recent times the courts have had to grapple with the difficulties of this concept in relation to traditional computers and software. This appeal raised new questions because it involved deciding whether the use of an aspect of Artificial Intelligence, namely an Artificial Neural Network (“ANN”), in the circumstances of this case, fell under section 1(2)(c) of the Patents Act 1977 which excludes from patent protection “a program for a computer … as such”..’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 23rd November 2023

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Amazon online marketplace trade mark case comes before UK Supreme Court – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 9th, 2023 in appeals, intellectual property, internet, news, Supreme Court, trade marks by sally

‘The extent to which holders of UK and EU trade mark rights can object to others using their marks to promote products listed for sale in online global marketplaces is to be considered by the UK Supreme Court in an upcoming case involving e-commerce giant Amazon.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 8th November 2023

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Speech by Mr Justice Foxton: The Beatles and the Law – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted October 30th, 2023 in artistic works, contracts, copyright, damages, intellectual property, news by tracey

‘A Talk to the Liverpool Business and Property Courts Forum, The Brett Lecture Theatre, Yoko Ono Lennon Centre, University of Liverpool.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 24th October 2023

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UK AI copyright code expected this autumn – OUT-LAW.com

‘A new code of practice aimed at balancing the rights of content creators with the desire of AI developers to train their systems using quality data is set to be finalised this autumn, Out-Law understands.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 31st August 2023

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Ambush marketing: Norwich Pharmacal Applications (Puma v TfL) – Mills & Reeve

Posted July 14th, 2023 in advertising, intellectual property, news, sport, trade marks by sally

‘Puma SE (Puma) brought an application against Transport for London (TfL) after TfL removed Puma’s adverts from Wembley Park Tube Station three days before the Women’s Euro finals.’

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Mills & Reeve, 13th July 2023

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Percy Pigs: M&S reaches agreement with sweet company in dispute – BBC News

Posted June 9th, 2023 in food, intellectual property, news, trade marks by tracey

‘Marks & Spencer said it has reached an “amicable resolution” with a confectionery company in a row over the Percy Pigs sweets.’

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BBC News, 8th June 2023

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How insolvency impacts intellectual property licenses – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 1st, 2023 in insolvency, intellectual property, licensing, news by sally

‘Licensing is the backbone of many businesses, but many are unaware of how the current economic downturn could affect their operations as both licensees and licensors.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 30th May 2023

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Battle of the brands continues as Lidl seeks disclosure – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Tesco has undervalued the damage it did to the Lidl brand by its use of a blue and yellow logo to promote prices promotions, the High Court heard yesterday.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 23rd May 2023

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BeReal v BeReal: Trademark battle set to go to tribunal – BBC News

Posted May 19th, 2023 in intellectual property, news, trade marks by tracey

‘A small business owner who is in a naming rights row with a French social media app that has the same name has hit out at its “threatening” conduct. Batool Zaidi filed to register the name of her womenswear company, BeReal, in the UK in November 2020 – a year before the French namesake filed in the UK.’

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BBC News, 19th May 2023

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End of the road for wishful thinking in asset valuations? – Pensions Barrister

Posted April 25th, 2023 in chambers articles, intellectual property, news, trusts, valuation by sally

‘Paul Newman KC has written a summary of the FTT decision in Morgan Lloyd Trustees Limited & ors v HMRC (31 March 2023). The case concerns the appropriate approach to the valuation of intellectual property rights (including domain names), and will be bad news for trustees hoping to rely on eyebrow-raising expert valuations to escape scheme sanction charges.’

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Pensions Barrister, 25th April 2023

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UK High Court decision paves the way on setting global FRAND royalty rate – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 17th, 2023 in intellectual property, licensing, news, patents, telecommunications by tracey

‘The High Court in London has issued its first global fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) licensing decision since the UK Supreme Court’s landmark Unwired Planet ruling in 2020, confirming the approach taken by the judge in that case.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 16th March 2023

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Case Preview: Lifestyle Equities C.V. and Anor v Ahmed and Anor – UKSC Blog

‘In this post, Mark Chapman and Alisha Young (both associates within the Insurance Group at CMS) preview the decision awaited from the Supreme Court in Lifestyle Equities C.V. and Anor v Ahmed and Anor. The appeal was heard by the Supreme Court on 20 & 21 February 2023 and judgment is presently awaited.’

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UKSC Blog, 8th March 2023

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Performers make pitiful returns on streaming their music, MPs say – The Independent

Posted January 13th, 2023 in artistic works, intellectual property, internet, news, remuneration by tracey

‘Performers and creators are making a “pitiful” amount of money from streaming their music online, MPs have said. Musicians should receive a fairer share of revenues and there should be a “complete reset” of the streaming market, according to the digital, culture, media and sport (DCMS) committee.’

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The Independent, 23rd January 2023

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Kanye West song ‘Power’ at centre of London High Court royalties dispute – The Independent

Posted January 6th, 2023 in artistic works, copyright, intellectual property, news by tracey

‘A judge has outlined detail of the dispute between Declan Colgan Music Ltd and UMG Recordings, Inc in a ruling on a preliminary legal issue.’

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The Independent, 5th January 2023

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Fraudster sentenced for scam to deprive SKY TV of potentially over £13m revenue – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Halton Mark Anthony Powell, 44, has been sentenced to two years and four-and-a-half months after pleading guilty to supplying articles for use in a fraud at Southwark Crown Court on 11 November 2022.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 11th November 2022

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

UK Retained EU Law Bill’s impact on intellectual property – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 11th, 2022 in bills, brexit, copyright, EC law, intellectual property, news, trade marks by tracey

‘The Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill will fundamentally change the UK’s post-Brexit legal landscape if it becomes law, including impacting intellectual property (IP) related legislation.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 10th November 2022

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Descendant of Doctor Zhivago author loses copyright court case – The Guardian

Posted October 26th, 2022 in artistic works, copyright, intellectual property, news by sally

‘A descendant of the Doctor Zhivago author, Boris Pasternak, has lost a claim for copyright infringement against the writer of a novel about the publication of the Russian epic.’

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The Guardian, 25th October 2022

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House of Zana boutique owner celebrates trademark win against Zara – The Guardian

Posted September 2nd, 2022 in intellectual property, news, trade marks by tracey

‘A boutique owner who took on the world’s largest fashion retailer and won is urging other independent stores to stand up to big business.’

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The Guardian, 31st August 2022

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Business owner in trademark dispute with Microsoft – BBC News

Posted August 22nd, 2022 in intellectual property, news, trade marks by tracey

‘A woman said she was “devastated” to be in a dispute with Microsoft over the name of her business that helps children with literacy.’

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BBC News, 22nd August 2022

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The UK Intellectual Property Office’s Consultation on Computer-Generated Works – City Law Forum

‘The UK Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 contains an odd section concerning ‘computer-generated works’. Section 9(2) of the Act states that when a work has no ‘human author’ and is generated by a computer, the work ought to be protected by copyright for 50 years, with the copyright owned by the person who made the necessary ‘arrangements’ for the work’s generation.’

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City Law Forum, 29th June 2022

Source: blogs.city.ac.uk