IP & IT Law (6 August – 20 August)

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Google employees criticise 'censored China search engine'

BBC News – 17 August

Numerous Google employees have written to the technology company to protest against its plans to launch a censored search engine in China. Protesters have claimed the project raises some serious moral and ethical questions and may help China suppress free expression. Google had previously ‘quit’ China in protest of the country’s censorship laws.

CJEU rules that mutated organisms are covered by the GMO Directive

Reddie & Grose – 13 August

The CJEU has ruled that ‘organisms obtained by mutagenesis are genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and are, in principle, subject to the obligations laid down by the GMO Directive.’ This will now mean that products produced by gene-editing techniques will be subject to the same regulations as transgenic organisms.

Malicious faxes leave firms 'open' to cyber-attack

BBC News – 13 August

Security researchers have revealed that millions of companies could be at risk of hacking because they do not take the necessary precautions to secure their fax lines. Fax machines have no inbuilt security system, and hackers can easily access corporate networks by sending ‘booby-trapped image data’ by fax. Although fax machines are not as widely used now as they were in the 1980s, thousands of companies and organisations are still using them.

Unified Patent Court: UK to be a member during Brexit transition

Out Law – 8 August

It has been revealed that the UK government has struck a deal with EU27 Brexit negotiators to allow the UK to participate in the new Unified Patent Court (UPC) system during the ‘Brexit implementation period’. The UK’s future in the UPC agreement once the country leaves the EU is not yet decided.

Written by Ellie MacKenzie

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