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This week on MIP: Nokia's UPC debut, new patent pool

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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

Nokia opens UPC account with Amazon, HP suits

Nokia sued Amazon at the Unified Patent Court as well as at courts in the US, India, Germany and the UK on Tuesday, October 31.

The Finnish telecoms company also filed a separate claim against HP in the US.

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Avanci enters IoT domain with 4G smart meters pool

Avanci launched a new patent pool for 3G and 4G-powered smart meters on Tuesday, October 31, the latest in a string of new licensing programmes operated by the Texas-based firm.

The pool has 40 licensors, including Samsung, Ericsson, Oppo, and ZTE. EDMI, a Singapore-based smart meter manufacturer, is the first licensee.

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AI platforms score early win in copyright class action

The US District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed most of the claims filed by a group of artists against three generative artificial intelligence platforms in a copyright case on Monday, October 30.

Artists Sarah Anderson, Kelly McKernan, and Karla Ortiz accused Midjourney, DeviantArt, and Stability AI of infringing their artwork.

Click here to read the full story.

Other articles published by Managing IP this week include:

Counsel expect USPTO victory in ‘Trump too Small’ TM case

Weekly take: Law firms must help juniors handle long hours

Singapore judge: AI can aid justice delivery

Five minutes with … Anna King, Banner Witcoff

WHO pandemic text ‘very light’ on IP rules: experts

Firms seek ‘burst of sunshine’ at ITC after gloomy year

Elsewhere in IP

Biotech hire

Australia-based biotech CSL has hired Galit Gonen-Cohen as its chief intellectual property officer, it was announced on Wedneday, November 1.

Gonen-Cohen had been head of commercial IP at Novartis since October 2022, having joined the drugmaker in 2017. She previously worked at Teva.

“I feel tremendously privileged to become part of a company [that] is at the forefront of life sciences technologies and is all about saving and improving lives by innovating, reimagining and inspiring, to say the least,” she wrote on LinkedIn.

SEP intervention

Sir Robin Jacob, a former judge at the England and Wales Court of Appeal, has said the European Commission’s proposed standard-essential patent regulation could interfere with patent owners’ right to justice.

In a letter on behalf of the Intellectual Property Judges’ Association, Jacob said he and other judges were “greatly concerned” that patent owners could be barred from bringing legal action against implementers for nine months.

“To impose a substantial delay on access to the courts while an administrative body not of the patentee’s choosing proposes a non-binding settlement is likely to be a serious interference with the patentee’s rights,” Jacob wrote.

UK-India trade deal

Pharmaceutical industry representatives have exchanged almost 4,000 emails with UK government officials amid intense lobbying over a potential free trade deal with India.

The news was revealed in response to a Freedom of Information request from Médecins Sans Frontières and shared with Bloomberg.

Mewburn Ellis shakeup

Andy King took over as head of trademarks at Mewburn Ellis on Wednesday, November 1, replacing Kate O’Rourke.

O’Rourke will remain as a partner until April, and will then become a consultant.

King, who qualified at Mewburn Ellis in 2011, said he is keen to explore how the firm can make greater use of artificial intelligence.

“The rapid pace of AI evolution offers significant challenges and opportunities to businesses of all sizes, some of which are yet to be realised.”

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