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Managing IP’s most-read stories in June 2019

An admission from Facebook’s head of patents that he gets frustrated with outside counsel’s non-engagement with patent data, an exclusive interview with an England & Wales High Court judge and the EUIPO director’s views on AI were among June’s most popular stories


1)      Facebook reveals data-driven patent strategy pet peeves

The most-read story came from Managing IP’s Innovation and Litigation Summit in San Francisco where Facebook’s head of patents, Jeremiah Chan, discussed his patent strategy. Chan said he gets frustrated at outside counsel’s non-engagement with patent data.   

2)      Interview: Mr Justice Arnold

Also popular was our exclusive interview with England & Wales High Court judge Mr Justice Arnold. Arnold talked through the dos and don’ts of getting on his good side, his views on the high-profile IP cases he has presided over, and how he decides matters.

3)      EUIPO director: humans “will be replaced” but still required

Another interview also made the list, this time with EUIPO director Christian Archambeau. Archambeau revealed some of the challenges the office faces, including those posed by artificial intelligence (AI). 

4)      UK judge sceptical of patent protection for AI-made inventions  

Also on AI, UK Supreme Court judge, Lord Justice Kitchin, told delegates at the AI: decoding IP conference in London that he is not convinced that AI-created works warrant the same IP protection as human-made creations.

5)      SPC Waiver: lawyers predict litigation changes after publication

With the SPC Waiver set to come into force today (July 1), lawyers said litigation tactics could change further down the line and may go down the route of the US-style “patent dance.”


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