This Week In Review: Week 12

AI-generated works not eligible for copyright protection, says Copyright Office

Originally posted by IPWatchdog
The U.S. Copyright Office has issued its official policy on works created by artificial intelligence (AI), stating that copyright protection will only be granted to works that involve human creativity and effort. Works that are solely created by AI without any human involvement will not be eligible for copyright protection.
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Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech Engage in Legal Battle Over COVID-19 Vaccine Patents

Originally posted by JDSupra
Moderna filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Pfizer/BioNTech, alleging that the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine infringes three of Moderna's patents. Pfizer/BioNTech also claims that it had an implied license to practice Moderna's patents and that Moderna waived its rights to assert infringement. Whether Pfizer/BioNTech's vaccine infringes Moderna's patents and whether Pfizer/BioNTech copied Moderna's technology will be litigated.
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Oscar Award Leads to Surge in Online Piracy of "Everything Everywhere All At Once"

Originally posted by TorrentFreak
According to piracy tracking firm MUSO, the film "Everything Everywhere All at Once" saw a 579% increase in piracy activity following its Oscar win. The film was most commonly pirated via torrent and direct download websites. MUSO also noted that the surge in piracy happened within 24 hours of the film winning the award, indicating that some people were likely waiting to see if it would win before deciding to pirate it.
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Lenovo ordered to pay $140m in FRAND dispute with InterDigital

Originally posted by The Global Legal Post
Lenovo has been ordered to pay almost $140 million to InterDigital in a FRAND dispute over mobile wireless standard essential patents. The verdict is a significant victory for InterDigital, which claimed Lenovo failed to negotiate a FRAND license for its 3G and 4G essential patents covering wireless communication technology. Lenovo had argued that the licensing terms offered by InterDigital were not fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND).
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Luxury Brands Enter the Metaverse: Implications for IP Strategy

Originally posted by The Global Legal Post
Luxury brands are increasingly creating immersive products for the digital world, such as watches that come with NFTs and digital images of the product. However, this trend creates intellectual property (IP) and licensing challenges, as trademarks and copyrighted works can easily make their way into the metaverse. Companies will need to review their licensing agreements and consider whether digital use is included, and may also need to use "notice and action" systems to address infringements in the metaverse.
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