November 30, 2022 5:06 pm Published by

Our flagship conferences; Dublin IP and R&D Summit and London IP Week are making a return in 2023! These IP focused events are filled with riveting and pertinent panel topics, standalone presentations, fireside chats, insightful product showcases and stimulating round table discussions, presented by our star panellists. We unite key industry players to spark exclusive ideas and future changing conversations to overcome the challenges of the IP world.

Find out more by reading our other blog posts on LIPW and Dublin IP and R&D Summit , be sure to check out the commercialisation workshops we hosted at the events this year! You can also visit our website to learn more about the event sponsors, speakers, and pre-register.

If you want to stay on top of the latest intellectual property news before our action packed conferences commence, carry on reading this blog. We have compiled a list of the most relevant IP news stories in the industry right now! 

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Lidl ordered to destroy its Lindt-like chocolate bunnies by Swiss court

Lidl bunny (left) v Lindt bunny. Photograph: Katherine Anne Rose/The Guardian

The famous gold foil-wrapped chocolate bunny produced by Lindt & Sprüngli won their legal court case to protect their signature chocolate bunny from a German discount retailer, Lidl

The court ruled that destruction of Lidl’s stock of bunnies was “proportionate, especially as it does not necessarily mean that the chocolate as such would have to be destroyed”. 

Lindt has been to court numerous times to protect its popular treat, which sells in the tens of millions each year. Did Lindt manage to successfully trademark their famous gold foil-wrapped chocolate bunny?

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Moderna refused China request to reveal vaccine technology

The mRNA vaccine technology used by Moderna provides longer-lasting and higher levels of protection than tech used by Chinese providers © FT montage: AFP/Getty Images

Moderna has refused to share their core intellectual property behind its breakthrough Covid-19 vaccine with China, which has led to agreements on its sale falling through. The pharmaceutical company located in Massachusetts denied Beijing’s appeal to provide the ‘recipe for its messenger RNA vaccine’ and stated that the reasons include ‘commercial and safety concerns’. Moderna is very cautious of their intellectual property and where it is located, mentioning that ‘handing over patents would do little to address supply constraints’. However, recently Moderna decided to rekindle its relationship with China and offered to supply the country with vaccines if it thought that it needed them.

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Inability to patent AI creations could hit business investment

Stephen Thaler: an AI-generated painting was not deemed a ‘work of [his] authorship’ by US Copyright Office © Huy Richard Mach/St Louis Post-Dispatch/MCT/Sipa USA

The complicated topic of whether artificial intelligence technology may ever be considered in law as an “inventor” is one that courts all around the world are debating more and more.

The legal sector is struggling to stay up to date with new technology advancements which is seen through multiple lawsuits that have been placed by an ‘artificial neural network (ANN) known as Dabus’. Noam Shemtov, professor in IP and technology claims that AI is continuously revolutionarising therefore, the patent law needs to be prepared for the advanced development. Is AI developed enough to substitute ‘human intelligence?’ Can AI inventions be patented?  

Find out by reading the full article below! 

Meta loses early bid to dismiss Swedish music label’s copyright lawsuit

The Meta logo on a smartphone in front of the logos of Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp, Oculus in this illustration picture taken October 28, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

Swedish music label Epidemic Sound accused and sued Meta of illegally ‘reproducing at least 950 tracks in its music library for Facebook and Instagram users to download.’ Epidemic asked for £142 million as a result of Meta sharing their music a million times with over a billion people around the world. Meta applied to dismiss the case against them; however, they were denied by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. 

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Patagonia sues Gap for copying ‘iconic’ flap pocket

Image: Patagonia fleece via

The famous American brand Patagonia took legal action against GAP Inc for mimicking the design of their ‘iconic flap pocket’. The brand has also stated that GAP has previously presented some major similarities towards their brand in terms of ‘logo bearings’ and other clothing designs. Patagonia also argues that they launched their first ‘Snap-T pullover fleece in 1985’, which gives them the upper hand as well as their trademark they obtained in 1983. Did Patagonia file more lawsuits against other brands and were they successful? 

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Well that’s what’s Up in IP for you today folks, if articles like this pique your interest, join us at one of our two globally renowned conferences in 2023!

London IP Week is a two-day interactive conference that takes on the recent happenings in the rapidly-growing world of IP. These conferences are the perfect opportunity to meet and discuss with IP Managers, In-House Legals & IP Counsels, CEOs, CTOs, Founders and Managing Directors, Heads of IP, and other IP professionals.

This will be our sixth iteration of London IP Week; 2022 saw over 250 attendees and over 30 expert speakers spread across two action-packed days with 13 panels, discussions, and product demonstrations.

The Dublin IP and R&D Summit returns for its third year! In July, we’ll be back in Dublin to host this hugely-successful conference that focuses on this constantly changing sector. IP, legal, and technology leaders from around the world will deliver two days of integral content  – between our open exhibiting space, panels, stand-alone sessions, and an IP Commercialisation Workshop hosted by Mathys & Squire Consulting, this is an unmissable event for anyone and everyone involved in IP!

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