This week on MIP: EUIPO race exclusive, DSA deadline details
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This week on MIP: EUIPO race exclusive, DSA deadline details

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

DSA chief outlines reporting deadlines for platforms

Online platforms have until today, February 17, to reveal their user numbers as the EU’s Digital Services Act begins to take shape and bring companies under its scope, a senior EU official revealed this week.

Platforms must report key facts and figures, including the number of active users or “recipients of their service”, said Irene Laguna, deputy head of unit at DG Connect in the European Commission and one of the chief drafters of the DSA.

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Exclusive: EUIPO appeals chief enters race for top office job

João Negrão, president of the EUIPO Boards of Appeal, is officially a candidate to replace Christian Archambeau as the office’s executive director, Managing IP can reveal.

Negrão confirmed to Managing IP on Wednesday, February 15, that he had applied for the job and that he has the support of the Portuguese government.

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Chris Coons appointed chair of US Senate IP subcommittee

Democratic senator Christopher Coons was announced as chair of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, yesterday, February 16, a Senate spokesperson confirmed to Managing IP.

Republican senator Thom Tillis will serve as ranking member.

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Other articles published by Managing IP this week include:

Five domain dispute issues to watch in 2023

Paying a premium: the rising use of IP insurance

MetaBirkin NFT verdict boosts trademark counsel confidence

Injustice or tough luck? Vodafone mulls appeal after costs debacle

Tech companies struggle to keep pace with funder-backed NPEs

What five pharma bills would mean for in-house counsel

Why Chinese counsel are looking past the major IP courts

Weekly take: Big brands have nothing to lose by choosing mediation over aggression

Elsewhere in IP

AI views

The USPTO published a request for comments on artificial intelligence (AI) and inventorship on Wednesday, February 15. The office said it is seeking stakeholder input on the current state of AI technologies and inventorship issues. The feedback period is open until July 1.

Top innovators

IP analytics company Clarivate published the 2023 edition of its Top 100 Global Innovators on Thursday, February 16. The list outlines companies and organisations which have the most consistent innovation performance. US healthcare equipment company 3M was top. China-based electronics company AAC Technologies and Swiss manufacturing outfit ABB took second and third place respectively.

Green marks

The EUIPO published an update to its analysis of green trademarks on Monday, February 13. The analysis is based on the goods and services descriptions in all EU trademark (EUTM) applications between 1996 and 2021. In 2021, the last year the analysis was available for, there were 18,726 green EUTMs, accounting for 12% of all applications that year. The proportion of green EUTMs filed was higher for non-EU filers (14.1%) than it was for those in the EU (10.6%).

Workplace stress

The California Lawyers Association and the DC Bar shared findings on Monday, February 13, from a research project on mental health problems among attorneys. The research examined the factors that negatively and disproportionately affect lawyers, including perceived stress, loneliness, and work overcommitment.

Magic circle chatbot

Allen & Overy (A&O) has introduced an artificial intelligence chatbot called Harvey to help its lawyers with tasks like contract drafting, the firm told the Financial Times on Wednesday, February 15. A&O said it had not yet informed clients of the tool, which is available to any lawyer at the firm, and that the system would not replace any of its workforce, reduce billable hours or save money for the firm or clients.

Polish demands

A union representing Polish artists has called on the country to speed up the implementation of the EU’s Copyright Directive. In an open letter on Wednesday, February 15, ZAPA – the Union of Audiovisual Authors and Producers, said domestic laws to give filmmakers fair remuneration and create a level playing field with streaming platforms were needed. ZAPA said this is covered by the EU Copyright Directive but that implementation in Poland has been prolonged for many months.

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