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USPTO Extends Deadline for AI Inventorship Comments as Some Criticize Pannu Factors

IP Watchdog

On June 6, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published a notice in the Federal Register announcing that the Office would be reopening the public comment period for the development of inventorship guidance surrounding inventions developed by artificial intelligence (AI) systems. Although the USPTO will continue to collect public comments until the middle of June, public comments received from patent industry stakeholders so far are largely urging the agency to adopt inventorship guidan

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Of Macaques and Men: [obligatory monkey pun subtitle here]

Likelihood of Confusion

Have you heard the one about the monkey who stole the wildlife photographer’s camera and took a picture of herself? And then Wikipedia posted the photo, without asking anyone’s permission to do so, claiming that the photograph is in the public domain, while the photographer—the man, not the monkey—objects, claiming ownership because, among other things, […] The post Of Macaques and Men: [obligatory monkey pun subtitle here] appeared first on LIKELIHOOD OF CONFUSION™.


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Intellectual Property Rights in the Metaverse: Navigating the Virtual Frontier


Introduction Before hunting into the intricacies of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in the metaverse, it is essential to know what the metaverse entails. Metaverse is a virtual reality space where users can interact with other users through a computer-generated environment. The term “metaverse” was originated by science fiction author Neal Stephenson in his 1992 novel “Snow Crash,” where human avatars and software agents interact in a three-dimensional virtual environm

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Year(s) in review – IT, Internet, AI, IP, Privacy & Blockchain

Barry Sookman

I had the pleasure of presenting the annual Year in Review of IT/Internet law to the Toronto Computer Lawyers Group on June 6, 2024. It was great to see a packed-in person event of IT lawyers after COVID. This year the presentation featured over 75 cases from many countries including Canada, the U.S., U.K., Hong Kong, Singapore, and Australia My presentation can be accessed at this link.

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Software Composition Analysis: The New Armor for Your Cybersecurity

Speaker: Blackberry, OSS Consultants, & Revenera

Software is complex, which makes threats to the software supply chain more real every day. 64% of organizations have been impacted by a software supply chain attack and 60% of data breaches are due to unpatched software vulnerabilities. In the U.S. alone, cyber losses totaled $10.3 billion in 2022. All of these stats beg the question, “Do you know what’s in your software?

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Cheaper Prices Reduce Indirect Visits to Pirate Sites, Research Finds


Most people know all too well that downloading and sharing pirated content is against the law. Nonetheless, millions do so daily. There’s no denying that piracy affects legal sales to some degree. That said, piracy is a complicated phenomenon and the reported effects are not always straightforward. Instead of trying to quantify the prospected losses in yet another study, researchers from Georgia Tech, Chapman University, and Carnegie Mellon University, posed a different question.

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Instagram Defeats Lawsuit Claiming It Was a “Breeding Ground” for Sex Traffickers–Doe v. Backpage

Technology & Marketing Law Blog

This opinion came out in March but just showed up in my alerts. Doe claims she was sex-trafficked on Instagram. Section 230 preempts her lawsuit against Facebook: “Ninth Circuit precedent interpreting Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, 47 U.S.C. § 230, forecloses Doe’s claim as currently pled, because she seeks to hold Meta liable for content created by her trafficker.” To get around Section 230, Doe made two arguments: (1) Instagram is a “breeding ground̶