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This week on MIP: Getty launches landmark AI suit, Pure Storage innovation exclusive

April 14, 2021, Brazil. In this photo illustration the Pure Stor

We provide a rundown of Managing IP’s news and analysis coverage from the week, and review what’s been happening elsewhere in IP

Getty targets AI image generator in landmark copyright suit

Getty Images is suing the company behind the artificial intelligence-powered image generator Stable Diffusion for copyright infringement, it was confirmed on Tuesday, January 17.

A notice of action was filed at the England and Wales High Court by law firm Fieldfisher on behalf of Getty.

Click here to read the full article.

Exclusive: Pure Storage to launch innovation programme

Technology company Pure Storage launched a programme this week aimed at encouraging more employees to submit ideas to the patent team.

The programme launched on Thursday, January 19.

Under the scheme, the California-based company will reward its workers for submitting ideas that advance the business even if those ideas aren’t technical or intended to be patentable.

Click here to read the full article.

Exclusive: Dolby-backed Opus pool reveals royalty demands

Licensing firm Vectis IP, backed by Dolby and research group Fraunhofer, launched a new patent pool for the Opus audio technology standard on Monday, January 16.

The pool licence offers access to more than 300 patents owned by Dolby and Fraunhofer at a rate of €15c ($16c) per unit with an annual cap of €15 million.

Licensees who sign up before October this year will pay a lower rate of €10c per unit, subject to an annual cap of €10 million.

Click here to read the full article.

Other articles published by Managing IP this week include:

A hazy picture: the state of play for cannabis IP in 2023

Counsel split on solutions to generative AI copyright woes

UKIPO’s lax rules risk ‘undermining’ TM system: counsel

EU-China WTO dispute threatens to spark SEP ‘chaos’

Elsewhere in IP

Nokia v Oppo latest

The England and Wales High Court backed Nokia in the latest round of its patent dispute with Chinese smartphone maker Oppo on Monday, January 16. The court found Oppo had infringed one of Nokia’s SEPs, EP 2981103, which is directed to the 4G and 5G space and that the patent was valid. Nokia had previously secured an injunction in Germany and the Netherlands.

VICO views

The EPO is seeking feedback on its videoconferencing capabilities for oral proceedings. In a consultation published on Monday, January 16, the office invited users to evaluate their experiences of the format. The consultation is open until the end of March.

BoA composition  

The EUIPO Boards of Appeal Presidium has agreed the boards’ set up for the year. The decision, published on January 17, defines the allocation of cases and composition of the BoA. The first, second, fourth and fifth boards deal with trademarks. Each has five members. The third deals exclusively with designs and has nine members.

Training day

A preparatory training programme for Unified Patent Court judges has begun, it was announced on Tuesday, January 17. The court’s legally and technically qualified judges are taking part in the training, which is aimed at facilitating an in-depth understanding of the rules of procedure of the UPC. The five-day course, in Budapest, Hungary, runs until Saturday, January 21.

Ramsay returns

The UPC organising committee also announced that Alexander Ramsay, who stepped down as chair of the administrative committee last year, has been appointed registrar for the court. The registrar is an administrative role responsible for, among other things, keeping records of all cases and publishing a list of notifications and withdrawals of opt-outs. Axel Jacobi was appointed deputy registrar.

AT&T’s $166m patent blow

Tech company AT&T was on the receiving end of a $166.3 million verdict on Friday, January 13, after it was found to have infringed two patents belonging to Finesse Wireless. A jury at the District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, found that AT&T infringed ten claims in US patent numbers: 7,346,134 and 9,548,775.

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