IP & IT Law (22 April – 6 May)

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Life-saving kidney delivered by drone

BBC News – 2 May

The US has become the first country to have a life-saving kidney delivered to a hospital by drone. The drone was specially-deigned to maintain and monitor the organ and was delivered to a 44-year old who had been on the transplant list for eight years. The device had a parachute recovery system in case the aircraft failed.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson sacked over Huawei leak

BBC News – 1 May

The Prime Minister has sacked the Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson, following ‘compelling evidence’ that Williamson leaked data to Huawei. There were reports over a plan to allow Huawei limited access to help build the UK's new 5G network.

How to Regulate Big Tech

Project Syndicate – 25 April

Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, has called on governments and regulators to help establish rules to control the internet. Recent events such as the livestreaming of the Christchurch shootings and the Cambridge Analytica scandal had led Zuckerberg to agree that social media has too much power. Project Syndicate discuss how to regulate Big Tech.

Why internet users in Austria face losing their anonymity

The Week – 25 April

Austria’s Culture and Media Minister, Gernot Blumel, has published a draft bill which would force citizens to give their real name and address to websites. The controversial new legislation has received criticism from some, accusing the government of overreach. If passed, the bill will be implemented in 2020.

Nike’s Latest Trademark Filing Indicates It May Be Launching Its Own Cryptocurrency

FN – 25 April

Nike has filed a trademark for the word ‘cryptokicks’ with the US Patents and Trademark Office. Nike’s plans with ‘cryptokicks’ are currently unclear, although the trademark applies to cryptocurrency software and hardware wallets, online marketplace services and virtual financial transaction services.

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