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This week on MIP: Archambeau exit, INTA coverage

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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

Exclusive: EU representatives confirm Archambeau EUIPO exit

Advisers to the Council of the EU voted to end Christian Archambeau’s term as executive director of the EUIPO at a meeting in Brussels on Wednesday, May 17.

There were three votes in favour of extending his term, 14 votes against, and 10 abstentions, Managing IP understands.

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INTA Annual Meeting 2023

Managing IP has been providing live coverage from the INTA Annual Meeting in Singapore throughout the week, including sessions on how brands can exploit video game partnerships and deal with fake reviews.

You can also read stories on the future of copyright law and emerging technologies, as well as how counsel can foster creative environments.

Milan confirmed for UPC central division

The third seat of the Unified Patent Court’s central division will be hosted in Milan, the Italian government announced yesterday, May 18.

The Milan central division seat will be operational within one year and will not be ready for the UPC’s June 1 opening, a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

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Resignations and arrest threat: Federal Circuit unveils fresh Newman allegations

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit released new details on Tuesday, May 16, about its concerns regarding Judge Pauline Newman and reiterated an order for the veteran judge to take medical tests.

In the order, the court said the 95-year-old Newman should undergo neurological and neuropsychological evaluation. It has given the judge a deadline of May 23 to say whether she will comply.

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Exclusive: YouTube refuses eOne takedown request despite pirated audio

Google-owned YouTube has refused to comply with a takedown request despite the videos in question containing admittedly pirated audio.

The platform refused to remove multiple videos of the ‘Wolfoo’ cartoon owned and uploaded by Vietnam-based media company SConnect.

Entertainment company eOne, which owns the rights to Peppa Pig, had asked YouTube to remove the videos after SConnect admitted in court documents in March that it had taken audio clips from Peppa Pig episodes and used them in Wolfoo videos.

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UPC agrees initial central division split

Cases before the Unified Patent Court’s central division will be split between Paris and Munich when the court opens on June 1, it was announced on Tuesday, May 16.

Click here to read the full story.

Other articles published by Managing IP this week include:

Haynes Boone diversity chair: how firms can uplift AAPI lawyers

Weekly take: Part-time judges threaten UPC integrity

USPTO consultation shows tech titans remain sceptical of AI inventorship

UPC races against the clock as opt-outs surge

Patent lawyers keen to join INTA’s ranks but need value proof

INTA 2023: In-house counsel unpack how to foster creativity

INTA 2023: Respecting assets and values key for brand and gaming partnerships

INTA 2023: Global IP offices take on copyright future

Elsewhere in IP

INTA world tour

INTA will hold its 2024 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, while the 2026 edition will go to Dubai, it was confirmed on Wednesday, May 17. INTA CEO Etienne Sanz de Acedo made the announcement during the opening ceremony of this year’s annual meeting in Singapore.

“We are thrilled to be heading to Atlanta next year. The city has become a centre of innovation and creative spirit in the US,” said Sanz de Acedo.

Commenting on the choice of Dubai, he added: “From its constantly thriving culture to its incredible success in the business world, Dubai is a must for INTA as its next international annual meeting venue.”

One IPO

The UKIPO published new details of its One IPO Transformation programme on Wednesday, May 17, ahead of its launch for patent users next year.

A new patent search and pilot service will be available in September 2023, before the full patents service goes online next spring.

The office also confirmed it will develop application programming interfaces that will allow users to link the new system with their own software.

Adam Williams, chief executive at the UKIPO, said: “2023 is the year that transformation becomes real as we deliver our first patent module. Now is the time to look at the changes that are coming, understand how they will affect your organisation and work with us to smoothly transition to the new service.”

Creaking UPC CMS

The Unified Patent Court moved to reassure users of the case management system, which has struggled to deal with high opt-out activity this week.

In a statement on Wednesday, May 17, court officials said they had expanded system capacity and would also consider restricting the use of application programming interfaces (APIs) to ease the load.

For now, the court has asked users to limit their use of private APIs to strictly necessary requests, such as opt-outs.

But officials didn’t rule out removing access to public APIs - used to pull data from the system - and limiting what actions private APIs can carry out if things don’t improve.

The court will open on June 1.

SCOTUS roundup

The US Supreme Court released two intellectual property rulings on May 18, both affirming decisions from lower courts.

In Andy Warhol Foundation v Goldsmith, the court ruled that the Andy Warhol Foundation’s commercial use of Lynn Goldsmith’s photograph of the late pop star Prince didn't count as fair.

The 7-2 majority opinion, authored by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, affirmed a ruling from the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

In Amgen v Sanofi, SCOTUS found the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit correctly held that Amgen’s patent was invalid for lack of enablement.

The high court also rejected three IP cases on Monday, May 15.

It declined to hear Tropp v Travel Sentry and Interactive Wearables v Polar Electric Oy, both of which would have looked at subject matter eligibility issues set out in Section 101 under Title 35 of the US Code.

SCOTUS also rejected Teva’s appeal of a ruling that it induced infringement of GSK’s patented indication for carvedilol despite using a skinny label.

That's it for today, see you again next week.

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