This week on MIP: Chinese FRAND ruling, Getty v Stability AI
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This week on MIP: Chinese FRAND ruling, Getty v Stability AI

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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

Chinese court issues Nokia-Oppo FRAND determination

The Chongqing First Intermediate People’s Court has decided global licensing terms in the ongoing multijurisdictional standard-essential patent dispute between Nokia and Oppo, it emerged on Monday, December 4.

While the details have yet to be made public, Nokia said the judgment showed that Oppo had an obligation to pay and that it needed to make payments for the whole unlicensed period.

Click here to read the full story.

Getty v Stability AI: UK judge tees up seminal AI trial

Getty Images’ copyright lawsuit against the developers of generative artificial intelligence tool Stable Diffusion will go to trial after a UK judge found some of the claims had a real chance of success.

In a decision issued on Friday, December 1, Mrs Justice Joanna Smith at the England and Wales High Court rejected Stability AI’s request to throw out Getty’s claims on summary judgment.

Click here to read the full story.

Ex-Stroock partner reveals his IP aims for new role

A former partner at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, which recently voted to dissolve, has revealed he is looking forward to strengthening the IP transactions group at McCarter & English.

Jeffrey Mann worked at Stroock for 20 years and was there when the firm voted to dissolve in October.

Click here to read the full story.

Other articles published by Managing IP this week include:

An American abroad: 10 years of Finnegan in the UK

'Frontline' advice: HHQ eyes untapped market with emerging tech practice

Weekly take: IP concern and excitement – one year of ChatGPT

How lawyers can turn IP association roles into business leads

Five minutes with … Niall Trainor, Hasbro

Elsewhere in IP

Avanci’s EV charger pool

Avanci launched a new cellular patent pool for electric vehicle chargers, its sixth patent licensing program of the year, on Tuesday, December 5.

The pool includes 40 licensors including Huawei, Oppo, Panasonic, Sony, and Samsung. The three founding licensees are EV charger manufacturers Easee, Eaton, and Garo.

Niklas Rönnäng, CEO of Garo, said the partnership with Avanci would allow the charger manufacturer to efficiently manage its licences.

Marianne Frydenlund, vice president of internet of things (IoT) licensing at Avanci, said: “When we discussed new opportunities with IoT companies, there was a clear need to simplify technology sharing in the fast-growing smart EV charger market, and our initial licensees and licensors enthusiastically engaged with us to provide input. We look forward to recruiting further participants.”

So far this year, Avanci has already launched a 5G program for connected vehicles, as well as pools for 4G smart meters, auto parts, and other broadcast and video tech.

ITC takes on Nokia complaint

The US International Trade Commission (ITC) will investigate Nokia’s patent infringement complaint against Amazon and HP, it was confirmed on Friday, December 1.

The ITC can issue an import ban on any devices it finds have infringed Nokia’s intellectual property.

Nokia claims Amazon and HP devices including laptops and TVs infringe its portfolio of video streaming patents.

The Finnish telecoms company has already filed a complaint against Amazon and HP concerning the same technology at the Unified Patent Court (UPC).

UPC update

Users of the UPC can now update representative data on the online case management system (CMS), officials announced on Tuesday, December 5.

The new functionality lets users correct or update information entered when filing their registration as a representative or providing representative information for pending cases.

It is not meant to replace any request for a change of representative, the court clarified.

Germany’s UPC dominance

Sticking with the UPC, data published by the European Patent Litigators Association on Wednesday, December 6 has revealed that three-quarters of patent infringement complaints lodged at the court have been filed in German local divisions.

The figures were pulled from the CMS on November 17.

Of 56 infringement complaints, 21 were filed in Munich, 10 in Mannheim, seven in Dusseldorf, and three in Hamburg.

In total, there were 133 first-instance actions filed at the UPC as of November 17, including 19 revocation actions at the Paris Central Division, and 11 counterclaims for revocation at the Paris Local Division.

Collection time

Swiss collecting society Suisa Digital has sued the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, over unlicensed music, it was reported on Wednesday, December 6.

Suisa said it tried to license music represented by it to X for over a year but has not received a serious response.

US music publishers filed their own complaint against X for $250 million in June, alleging the platform didn’t take steps to remove infringing content.

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

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