Court of Appeal rules that artificial intelligence cannot own patent rights

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On 21 September 2021 the England and Wales Court of Appeal upheld the December 2019 decision of the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office and a September 2020 England and Wales High Court decision. The verdict stated that artificial intelligence cannot be a listed inventor on a patent. Stephen Thaler, the CEO of Imagination Engines had […]

What is alternative dispute resolution?

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Alternative dispute resolutions (ADR) can offer a cheaper and happier outcome than taking a case to court, as court can be time consuming, expensive and difficult. In 1995, the Lord Chief Justice said that legal representatives must make sure that their clients are aware of using ADR before taking a case to trial. The Civil […]

Passing off another’s goods or services

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Passing off is a tort which is an actionable civil wrong. It is committed when someone sells goods or services which misleads potential or actual customers into thinking that those goods or services are provided by another. Passing off is an attempt to capitalise on another person’s goodwill and reputation, as well as stealing trade […]

Tommy Robinson loses defamation case

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Tommy Robinson whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon is the founder of the English Defence League and a prominent anti-Islam activist. He has lost his libel case brought against him by Jamal Hijazi, a Syrian schoolboy. Robinson failed in the defence of truth. In October 2018, Jamal Hijazi was attacked in a school playground in […]

Defamation: Is the statement defamatory?

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For a claim in defamation to succeed the statement must be defamatory whether it is made via slander or libel. To be defamatory the statement must ‘lower the claimant in the estimation of right-thinking members of society generally’. Right-thinking members of society are ‘fair-minded’, not ‘overly suspicious’, ‘unduly naïve’, or ‘avid for scandal’, ‘nor bound […]

Defamation on social media

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When defamation on social media occurs the laws around libel apply but there will be some unique challenges to overcome. Such as, where to sue as social media platforms are global, can a platform be sued as the publisher, and how to reveal the identity of someone making defamatory statements whilst using an alias or […]

What is a Part 36 offer?

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A Part 36 offer is an offer to settle a claim or part of a claim. It should be compliant with Part 36 of the Civil Procedure Rules for it to carry potential costs consequences. A Part 36 offer must be in writing. Make clear that it is made pursuant to Part 36. Specify a […]

Covid-19 contracts: Michael Gove broke the law!

The Good Law Project has succeeded in their second judicial review against the Government’s handing out of Covid-19 contracts. The High Court gave judgment on the first judicial review back on 18 February 2021 and held that Matt Hancock had a common law duty to comply with the transparency policy absent good reason to depart […]

Duchess of Sussex (Meghan Markle) wins copyright claim

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The Duchess of Sussex (Megan) sued the Mail on Sunday’s Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL) in April 2020 over alleged misuse of private information, infringement of copyright and breach of the 2018 Data Protection Act. The Mail on Sunday published five articles online and in print in February 2019 that reproduced parts of a private letter […]