IP & IT Law (12 November – 26 November)

IP & IT News

Facebook appeals against Cambridge Analytica fine

BBC News – 21 November

Facebook has appealed the £500,000 fine they received following the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. The social network claims that UK users’ data was not shared inappropriately and the fine was unreasonable. Initial reports suggested that 1.1 million UK-based users had had their data used.

eBay fails to stop registration of ‘UKBAY’ trademark

WIPR – 20 November

According to a recent UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) decision, the trademark ‘UKBAY’ has been registered, despite an opposition being filed by eBay. The IPO commented on the similarity in the services between the two companies but stated that there were ‘clear visual differences’ between the two.

EE and Virgin Media fined £13.3m for overcharging customers

BBC News – 16 November

Ofcom has fined EE and Virgin Media £13.3 million for overcharging customers for leaving their broadband and phone contracts early. Virgin Media overcharged 82,000 customers by almost £2.8 million as their early exit charges were higher than advertised in the contract. The company will be appealing the fine saying it is ‘not justified, proportionate or reasonable’.

New EPO guidelines provide clarity on the examination of AI inventions

WilsonGunn – 16 November

New guidelines from the European Patent Office (EPO) include a section on the patentability of AI inventions and how they will be granted. The guidelines will take effect from 1 November 2018. WilsonGunn discuss their contents in more detail.

Brexit: businesses urged to accelerate IP registrations

Out Law – 15 November

Florian Traub of Pinsent Masons has urged businesses hoping to register new EU trade marks or Community designs to accelerate pending applications or oppositions to applications before the UK officially leaves the EU next year. There is currently uncertainty over how these trade marks will be considered if they are registered after 29 March 2019.

Supreme Court unanimously dismisses Warner-Lambert’s painful Lyrica appeal

Reddie & Grose – 14 November

Following the Supreme Court hearing in February, the case of Warner-Lambert v Actavis has been unanimously dismissed. The court has upheld the Actavis appeal that the ‘disputed claims were not even partially sufficient’. Reddie & Grose discuss the case in detail.

Written by Ellie MacKenzie

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