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Katcall Reminder

The deadline for submissions to the openings for GuestKats and InternKats positions (as announced here) is approaching.Those interested must submit their complete applications no later than Sunday, 11 June (midnight, GMT).Complete applications must contain CV details, interest in IPKat, and a 400-wo

Toronto District School Board Faces Plagiarism Controversy

The Toronto District School Board is facing a new plagiarism scandal, this one involving a divisive report that they hoped would help them. The post Toronto District School Board Faces Plagiarism Controversy appeared first on Plagiarism Today.

US Supreme Court decision in Amgen v Sanofi: The European Perspective

The US Supreme Court recently ruled in the high profile Amgen versus Sanofi patent dispute. Agreeing with the Federal Circuit (No. 20-1074, Fed. Cir. 2021), the Supreme Court found Amgen's function and epitope defined PCSK9 antibody patents to lack enablement (Amgen Inc v Sanofi, No. 21-757). T

3 Count: Not-so Goldin Touch

Netflix's King of Collectibles is sued over show idea, Google takes down Downloader app and USPTO launches new roundtable on piracy. The post 3 Count: Not-so Goldin Touch appeared first on Plagiarism Today.

Never too Late: If you missed the IPKat last week!

If you missed last week's posts, it's not too late to catch up.A Kat waiting for the next IP case.CopyrightThis Kat reflected on a judgment issued by the Tribunal Judiciaire of Paris on 31 March 2023 which concerned a claim of copyright infringement in a typeface.  Anastasiia Kyrylenko ana

Using language models in legal higher education

It is trite to point out that the launch of ChatGPT and the subsequent deployment of other language models such as Bard have created quite a stir in different fields. The capability of asking questions and writing prompts, and receiving a large chunk of text, has proven to be useful […]

Is an inverted cow vegan?

 With decision issued on 8 May 2023, the EUIPO refused an application for registration of the image of an inverted cow for products excluding the presence of meat, such as meat substitutes, protein for the use in industrial manufacturing of food products and related engineering services. Facts of th

Inauguration of Unified Patent Court held today in Luxembourg

Today, the Unified Patent Court (UPC) began its life in Luxembourg. The UPC will enter into force on 1 June this year. According to the programme available on the official website of the Grand Duchy (here), both the President of the Court of Appeal of the UPC and the President of the Court of First

3 Count: Blocked Dolphins

TI and Tiny lose copyright case to MGA, Videotron wins key decision in Canada and Nintendo stops emulator from debuting on Steam. The post 3 Count: Blocked Dolphins appeared first on Plagiarism Today.

“EMMENTALER” cannot be an EUTM, says the General Court

With a decision dated 24 May 2023, the General Court (GC) held that the term “EMMENTALER”, as designating a type of cheese, cannot be protected as European Union trade mark (EUTM), having a descriptive character in part of the European Union (EU), which may be a single Member State (in this case Ger

My favorite infringements

Boing Boing: “Copyright infringement is your best entertainment value.” I can think of others, frankly, but fine. As long as we’re calling a spade a spade! Originally posted 2012-10-18 10:28:04.... The post My favorite infringements appeared first on LIKELIHOOD OF CONFUSION™.

Book Review: Overlapping Intellectual Property Rights (Second Edition)

This Kat is pleased to review the “Overlapping Intellectual Property rights”, edited by Neil Wilkof [full disclosure: a member of the IPKat team], Shamnad Basheer, and Irene Calboli (OUP, 2023, 864 pp.).Now in its second edition, the book offers a perspective on how one can address the overlap betwe

Moral rights in Massachusetts

Lee Gesmer reported last month on a pretty important decision in copyright law:  A First Circuit ruling applying the Visual Rights Act, which–well, Lee says it very well himself, actually:... The post Moral rights in Massachusetts appeared first on LIKELIHOOD OF CONFUSION™.

The copyright adventure of two typefaces: Is the Spectral font infringing?

Copyright infringement cases often involve works of art, literature, or design. This recent French decision gives us an opportunity to look at a rarer case, that of copyright infringement in a typeface.A very Kat fontBackgroundThe facts deserve some attention.  In 1994, Mr X, a pioneer in digital ty

Generative AI: my keynote speech on the challenges and legal issues at ITechLaw

I was delighted to have had the opportunity to discuss the challenges and legal issues associated with generative AI at the 2023 World Technology Law Conference in Toronto. I gave the keynote speech which was followed by presentations showing various uses of generative AI by Kritika Bharadwaj (Day P

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