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Court of Appeal rejects AI inventor argument

19 Oct 2021
On 21 September 2021, the Court of Appeal handed down its much anticipated judgment in Thaler v Comptroller General of Patents Trade Marks and Designs [2021] EWCA Civ 1374 on whether an AI machine can qualify as an "inventor" for the purposes of the Patents Act 1977 (the Patents Act).

Historic England and English Heritage re-appoint WBD

07 Sep 2021
WBD was re-appointed for a period of three years to provide legal services to both Historic England and English Heritage. This includes advice on property, planning, commercial, procurement, intellectual property, employment, personal injury, construction, charity and judicial review matters.
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How did Hasbro lose its 'Monopoly'? Bad faith in repeat trade mark filings

04 Aug 2021
The EU General Court has partially invalidated one of Hasbro's EU trade marks for MONOPOLY, finding that Hasbro acted in bad faith when it re-filed for an identical mark covering identical goods and services, attempting to artificially prolong protection and distort EU trade mark law. In its defence, Hasbro argued the practice was widespread – but does re-filing ever constitute a legitimate commercial strategy?
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The post-pandemic hybrid workplace and increased cyber risks

20 Jul 2021
The pandemic has marked a turning point in cybersecurity and law firms are a significant and growing target of cybercriminals. With many firms adopting a new permanent "hybrid" working system we consider the risks, how PII policies might respond to a cyber claim and what changes may lie ahead.