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Global IP Updates

IP topics from around the globe

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With our Global IP Updates blog, we continue our newsletter's legacy by providing you with insights into the latest developments in the world of IP.

Our IP teams around the globe are highly dedicated to collecting, summarizing and contextualizing the constant flow of new information on patents, trademarks, copyright, know-how and other areas related to IP protection for you. The blog will also keep you up to date with the newest court decisions, legislation and the impact of technological innovations like Blockchain, AI or IoT.

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Global IP Updates

  • Intellectual propertySpain EPO denies AI inventorship

    The EPO's Legal Board of Appeal announced its decision to reject patent applications in which an AI system was designated as inventor. The EPO confirmed that only a natural person can be attributed inventor status.

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  • Intellectual propertyItaly When the chips are down

    The supply chain of semiconductor is suffering an unprecedent global shortage emergency; tech companies and government are trying to remedy the multiple causes of the crisis and design a more resilient and less vulnerable chain.

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  • Intellectual propertyItaly Italy introduces law regulating data monetisation and digital contracts

    A recently enacted law in Italy expressly states that personal data can be traded to receive digital content and services.

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  • GermanyIntellectual property EU IP Office launches first blockchain-based IP register

    For several years now blockchain technology, in particular its major use case: blockchain-based crypto assets (like Bitcoin), is on the rise. Due to its decentralized nature, blockchain offers a verifiable, tamper-proof register to record any information stored in it by its users.

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  • Intellectual propertyGermanyItaly Exploitation of data

    As we are all well aware, data and the many use cases for unlocking its hidden potential are becoming increasingly important for virtually all industries and sectors. Common buzzwords like "Oil of the 21st Century" or "Industry 4.0" refer to a global trend focusing on the exploitation and, in many cases, monetisation1 of data.

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  • Intellectual propertyHong Kong SAR The new China data security law

    The DSL is the first nationwide law on data security enacted from the perspective of national security protection in China. Before the promulgation of the DSL, the framework for data protection in China was laid down by the Cybersecurity Law ("CSL") which imposes cybersecurity requirements on network operators. The data protection framework will be supplemented by the Personal Information Protection Law ("PIPL") with a focus on personal information protection, which will come into force on 1 November 2021

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  • Intellectual propertyItaly The EDPB guidelines on connected cars

    Like many other sectors, the automotive industry is not immune to technological challenges from the digital world. Such challenges prompted the European Data Protection Board ("EDPB") to adopt guidelines on connected cars. Their aim is to facilitate compliance with the GDPR and the e-Privacy Directive by the various stakeholders involved in the processing of personal data within the connected car ecosystem.

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  • Intellectual propertyItaly Dispute greenwashing in advertising

    Proceedings before the regulatory authority, consumer and NGO actions (and class actions), and corporate disputes: three (potentially concurrent) routes to tackle "greenwashing" advertising claims in Italy.

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  • Intellectual propertyItaly Google Ads and the "safe harbour"

    In its decision no. 541 of 22 October 2020, the Italian Communications Regulatory Authority (Autorità per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni "Agcom") imposed a fine of EUR 100,000 on Google in relation to the activity of the Google Ads service, for having allowed, against payment, the dissemination of links to gambling sites in violation of the Italian ban on the advertising of games with cash prizes.

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  • Intellectual propertySpain Italian Competition Authority deems Google, Apple and Dropbox Cloud terms and conditions unlawful

    A preliminary draft Act amending the laws governing Spanish patents, trademarks, and industrial designs - Law 24/2015 of 24 July on Patents, Law 17/2001 of 7 December on Trademarks, and Law 20/2003 of 7 July on the Protection of Industrial Designs ("Preliminary Draft Amendment") - was published on 20 October 2021.

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