Never Too Late: if you missed the IPKat last week

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To this Kat's surprise, it's already nearly the end of February - but regardless of your relationship to the passage of time, it's never too late to catch up on the IPKat's posts from the past week.


GuestKat Thomas Key identified some potential grounds which the US Supreme Court may consider its forthcoming decision in the pirating case of Allen v. Cooper, which relates to sovereign immunity in copyright.

Tian Lu, the IPKat's Asia Correspondent, reported on the announcement of the 2019 'Top Ten Highlights of China Copyright'.

GuestKat Alex Woolgar discussed a new algorithm developed by Snafu Records, which claims that it will enable identification of new music which is going to be popular - potentially replacing A&R scouts in the industry. However, its reliance on identifying similarities with existing popular music could prove to be problematic from a copyright perspective.

Clarence Lakpini was in attendance at the launch of GuestKat Chijioke Okorie's new book on 'Multi-Sided Music Platforms and the Law', summarising a number of issues and talking points which arose at the event here.

Trade Marks

The IPKat commented on two trade mark judgments, with GuestKat Riana Harvey reporting on the High Court of England & Wales's decision in Red Bull GmbH v Big Horn UK Ltd and this very Kat offering some thoughts on distinctiveness in the EU General Court's Delta Sport v EUIPO decision.


Annsley Merelle Ward reported on Mr Justice Birss's refusal to order disclosure in Conversant v Huawei & ZTE, a mobile telecommunications FRAND case which will go to trial at the end of April.


Doug Calhoun brought interesting insights from New Zealand, where only its second-ever plant variety right infringement judgment - in 45 years of its PVR Act being in operation - has recently been issued.

Prof Martin Kretschmer from CREATe at the University of Glasgow contributed an overview of a forthcoming conference which will present new empirical research on IP litigation and mapping platform regulation in the UK.

TechieKat Verónica Rodríguez Arguijo published details of the forthcoming II International Congress on Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property, including the availability of a special discount for IPKat readers.

Never Too Late 253 [Week ending February 16] Is the Broad Institute planning a last-ditch attempt to save their CRISPR patent? | easyJet experiences significant turbulence over Colombia | Can you fix it? The tension between the right to repair and intellectual property rights - Farming | Book review: Multi-sided music platforms and the law, copyright, law and policy in Africa | INTA to relocate the 2020 Annual Meeting from Singapore to a venue in the United States | "Making federal buildings beautiful again": Will there be a White House executive order on acceptable design of federal buildings?

Never Too Late 252 [Week ending February 9] GuestPost: Natural persons have a monopoly on inventiveness - fact or legal fiction? | Furry thoughts on Sky v. Skykick – Part 2: trade marks registered with no intention to use | AG Campos in Brompton Bicycle advises CJEU to rule that 'exclusively' functional shapes do not deserve copyright protection | Google does not communicate to the public by hotlinking | Reader discount on CUP IPKat Book of the year titles | Book review: Licensing and access to content in the European Union | A few forthcoming IP events with a special 25% discount for IPKat’s readers | Gantry-Gate: Have your say in the Mercer Review | Supporting Europe's innovative SMEs: an interview with the European Intellectual Property Helpdesk | When cybersquatting renders a contract unenforceable on public policy considerations | IP Education Series #5 : Brunel Law School IP Pro Bono Service | The IPKat team: arrivals, farewells, and news
Never Too Late: if you missed the IPKat last week Never Too Late: if you missed the IPKat last week Reviewed by Sophie Corke on Monday, February 24, 2020 Rating: 5

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