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This week on MIP: InterDigital weighs in on SEPs, Bloomberg’s AI battle

January 22, 2024, Brazil. In this photo illustration, the InterDigital, Inc. logo is displayed on a smartphone screen.

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

Bhering Advogados hires trio from Licks

Brazilian firm Bhering Advogados’s plan to expand its patent litigation team helped snag a trio of lawyers from Licks Attorneys.

Bhering, an intellectual property boutique, revealed last week that it had brought on three practitioners from litigation firm Licks.

Douglas Leite joined the firm as a partner, alongside Fernanda Cohen and Flavio Buzanovsky, who have joined as senior attorneys.

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Other articles published on Managing IP this week include:

Five minutes with … Emily O’Neill, Deminor

How four firms turn a profit in patent prosecution

Qantm’s private equity dance could ‘open floodgates’ for IP privatisation

Why China-sceptic businesses are bringing work for Vietnamese firms

Weekly take: EU SEP debate swerves crucial innovation factor

Suspicious minds: Tennessee firms scrutinise AI soundalike law

Elsewhere in IP

Amazon stats

Amazon said it seized and disposed of more than seven million counterfeit products worldwide in 2023. The company also stopped more than 700,000 attempts to create new selling accounts using document forgery detection and advanced image and video verification. The findings were included in Amazon’s Brand Protection Report 2024, published on Tuesday, March 26.

ASOS offer

The 93% Club, a charity that supports state-school-educated students in the UK, has targeted ASOS over the online retailer’s use of a red ‘93’ on some of its products.

In a humorous LinkedIn post on Thursday, March 28, the 93% Club posted a series of slides to explain that “red 93s are kinda our thing”. The organisation, which has not threatened legal action, suggested ASOS should agree to a collaboration to sell 93-branded clothes or donate sales to the charity. Otherwise, it added, ASOS will “ruin our fun”.

The 93 Club name comes from the fact that just 7% of UK students are privately educated.

EPO fees

The EPO published a set of frequently asked questions on Friday, March 22, to assist users before a new fee system takes effect on April 1 2024. The office announced earlier this month that official fees for European patent applications will be increasing by around 3% to 4%. A new micro-entity fee system will also be introduced that includes some fee reductions.

USPTO hikes

The USPTO published a notice of proposed rulemaking on Tuesday, March 26, proposing adjustments to trademark fees. Among the suggested changes, the fee for filing a letter of protest would increase from $50 to $150. Comments are due by May 28.

Sony reprieve

The District Court for the District of Delaware ruled on Tuesday, March 26, that Sony did not infringe patents owned by Genuine Enabling Technology. Genuine sued Sony in 2017 seeking $500 million in damages. It claimed the technology used in Sony’s PlayStation consoles and controllers infringed its patents.

Bloomberg battle

Bloomberg has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by US politician Mike Huckabee and other authors who claim the company used their books to train its large language model BloombergGPT.

In a claim filed at the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Friday, March 22, Bloomberg said its alleged 'use' of the plaintiffs' copyright-protected works for a research project into the capabilities of artificial intelligence fell “squarely within the ambit of the fair use doctrine”.

Huckabee, who is also governor of Arkansas, sued Bloomberg alongside a group of authors last year.

Partner promotions

Intellectual property lawyers Nicholas Buckland and Abigail Wise are among nine new partners at Lewis Silkin, the firm announced on Thursday, March 28.

Buckland, who has practised within the firm’s dispute resolution team for six years, specialises in disputes. Wise is a chartered trademark attorney and advises clients on UK and international trademark law.

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