Waymo denied access to Uber’s source code

Judge rejects autonomous car development company’s motion for unlimited retrieval of rival’s code relating to motion planning; “unsupported” discovery request.

Patent, Licensing, US & Canada

UK’s IP transfers system targeted in AI market pledge

Government eyes £630bn emerging tech sector; Universities must improve ‘complicated and long’ spin-out practices.


Tribe accuses US of ‘colonial paternalism’ over Allergan deal

Pharma company’s patent transfer will not cause ‘rush’ of copycats tribe claims; court invalidates dry eye treatment patents

Patent, Licensing, US & Canada

Texas loses crown for most patent cases

District of Delaware becomes a popular choice for filers; follows revolutionary May verdict in TC Heartland

Patent, US & Canada

Muhammad Ali Enterprises hits Fox with $30m publicity fight

Broadcaster sued for using boxer’s image and likeness in three-minute Super Bowl ad; plaintiff claims false endorsement

Copyright, US & Canada

Let’s get digital

Does the UK’s 2017 Digital Economy Act really deter IP fraud? Adam H Bloomenstein explores

Copyright, UK

The post-Alice aftermath

A recent USPTO study highlights the disparate interests and opinions among sectors regarding patent-eligible subject matter. Michael S Borella takes a look

Patent, US & Canada

IPM interview: The prosecutors: part 1 

Private criminal prosecutions deal in the sharp end of the counterfeit industry. Part I of a two-part series uncovers the advanced techniques used by ex-police investigators to catch the crooks

Trademark, UK, Middle East & Asia

Left on the shelf

Rachel Montagnon and Joel Smith explain that businesses in the FMCG sector must prepare to seize opportunities post-Brexit by following key IP considerations

Trademark, Design, UK, Europe

Is IP the test bed for the new global order?

Is IP the right battleground for the conflict between a boundary-free internet and our deeply territorial legal system? Kilburn & Strode’s Gwilym Roberts reports

Trademark, UK, US & Canada, Europe, China

How low will plain packaging go?

As tobacco gasps its last breath in the fight against plain packaging, surely FMCGs will be next? Not necessarily, argues William Hillson

Trademark, UK, Europe

Rise of official fakes

Helen Saunders explores why some fashion brands seem to endorse ‘acceptable’ fakes and bootlegs

Trademark, Design, Strategy, UK, US & Canada, Europe

Online sales ban checks out

AG Wahl advises allowing brands to prohibit their retailers from using platforms like Amazon and eBay under certain conditions, explain Assimakis Komninos, Katarzyna Czapracka and Jan Jeram

Trademark, Europe

Digital defence

Mass serialisation can digitise lower-cost goods, which are increasingly at risk from forgery, explains Thomas Körmendi

Trademark, UK, US & Canada, Europe

Concerns over clusters

They are engines of innovation, but big pharma must consider specific patent protection issues when dealing with biotech clusters, argues Nick Sutcliffe

Patent, UK, US & Canada, Europe

Tiffany’s 24-carat case

A major case of infringement in the US holds important lessons for rightsholders in the UK and elsewhere, argues Nick McDonald

Trademark, UK, US & Canada

Privacy by design

As the date of implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation draws near, Sarah Pearce details what businesses should know