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IP & IT Law (12 July – 26 July)

IP & IT News

Hong Kong protestors “in breach of data privacy law”

Lewis Silkin – 24 July

It has been found that protesters in the recent Hong Kong protests breached the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance. The typical punishment for such an offence could result in a maximum fine of HK$50,000 and imprisonment for two years. Protesters revealed personal data of police officers, government officials and legislators in protest of the now shelved ‘Extradition Bill’.

FaceApp denies storing users' photographs without permission

The Guardian – 18 July

FaceApp, a popular app that ages people’s faces, has denied accessing users’ photographs without their permission, despite fears that the app is systematically harvesting users’ images. The app was launched by a Russian developer in 2017 and uses artificial intelligence (AI) to age users.

Amazon.com is Trialling a New Procedure to Tackle Patent Infringement

Reddie & Grose – 16 July

Amazon has introduced a Utility Patent Neutral Evaluation Program, that allows patent owners to take down listings of infringing goods. Owners of a US utility patent have access to an evaluation from a US patent attorney, and Amazon will remove a listing if found to infringe the patent.

LEGO vs Lepin: battle of the blocks

Wilson Gunn – 15 July

Wilson Gunn discuss the case of LEGO vs Lepin. LEGO has successfully opposed a UK trade mark registration filed by copycat Chinese manufacturer, Lepin. The toy brick building company became popular during the 1960s, and filed a series of patent applications for the plastic building blocks. The last patent expired in 1989, and LEGO has since had to rely on trade marks and other forms of intellectual property rights.

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