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This week on MIP: IP wish lists | Major AI music dispute

Robot playing electric guitar for AI music concept

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

Receiving recognition: IP STARS latest patent rankings revealed

The IP STARS patent rankings have gone live today, June 28, and firms such as Williams & Connolly and COPA Copenhagen Patents are climbing up the ranks.

More than 850 firms were ranked for their patent work across 51 jurisdictions.

To read the full article, click here.

What Corporates Want: how law firms can win new business

Managing IP+ and its sister brands IFLR+ and ITR+ have now published 13 data-based reports to help law firms gain exclusive insights into what affects in-house lawyers’ decisions to hire external counsel.

The reports aggregated the responses from surveys conducted in 2022 and 2023 covering more than 25,000 in-house counsel across relevant practice areas.

To read the reports, click here.

Other articles published on Managing IP this week include:

New POF head: D&I all about ‘constant improvement’

Five minutes with...Tamara Moll, Cohausz & Florack

Feminine leadership: how law firm partners meet client demand

Weekly take: UK election is coming, but don’t expect IP news

AI, UPC, and copycat fighting: UK practitioners consider election wish lists

Podcast: What does an effective patent monitoring programme look like?

Mid-year review: lookalikes, AI, and fair use

Elsewhere in IP

Judge remembered

The Court of Justice of the EU announced the death of Judge Marko Ilešič on Friday, June 25. In a post remembering the judge, the IPKat blog noted that he was judge rapporteur in some of the most important EU internet and IP cases at the CJEU over the past few years.

Ilešič, a Slovenian national, was a professor at the University of Ljubljana and a judge at the Ljubljana Labour and Social Court.

AI music

Some of the world's biggest record companies are suing artificial intelligence platforms Suno and Udio for copyright infringement, it was reported on Monday, June 24.

The case against Suno was filed in the District Court for the District of Massachusetts and the case against Uncharted Labs, the developer of Udio, was filed in the District Court for the Southern District of New York.

The Recording Industry Association of America is representing the plaintiffs.

Milan lift-off

The long-awaited third central division of the Unified Patent Court, based in Milan, opened on Wednesday, June 26. The court will handle cases related to section A of the International Patent Classification (human necessities).

Trademark profits

The US Supreme Court agreed on Monday, June 24, to hear a trademark infringement suit involving two real estate developers. The case Dewberry Group v Dewberry Engineers will consider whether the profits of a defendant’s affiliates are on the table in infringement cases even where those affiliates are not a named party in litigation.

PepsiCo sweetener

PepsiCo has successfully appealed against an Australian ruling that concerned royalty withholding tax stemming from IP. The Federal Court of Australia’s full court ruled in favour of the soft drink company against the Australian Taxation Office on Wednesday, June 26.

AI platform

Anaqua, a provider of innovation and IP management technology, launched an AI-powered platform called ‘AQX 11’ on Wednesday, June 26. According to Anaqua, the platform is the company's most significant release in 20 years and will help corporations and law firms achieve maximum value from their IP assets.

Lavoix expansion

European IP firm Lavoix has acquired Italian firm Giambrocono, it was announced on Tuesday, June 25. Giambrocono, which will retain its name and structure, will become a subsidiary of Lavoix. Lavoix has offices in most major European countries and is based in every city where the UPC has a court.

EIP boosts ranks

EIP has hired Felix Hütt to its team in Germany, a move the firm says will strengthen its European and German operations. Hütt, who joins from Hogan Lovells, is a German and European patent attorney who handles litigation related to validity challenges and is an experienced UPC Representative.

Bakers rising

Baker McKeznie has promoted five lawyers from its global IP and technology practice to partner, the firm announced on Wednesday, June 26. The lawyers are Pauline Celeyron (Paris), Bryan White (Dallas), Hoa Tran (Hanoi), Grace Gao (Hong Kong) and Grace Wong (also Hong Kong).

New chief

Domain name management company Com Laude announced on Tuesday, June 25, that Ben Crawford had been appointed CEO. Crawford, who previously worked at CentralNic Group, will be responsible for overseeing Com Laude’s teams of strategists, IP experts, and brand protection consultants.

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

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