January 26, 2022 5:46 pm Published by

With Dublin IP and R&D Summit 2.0 (DIPS) under two months away, it’s time to refresh your IP knowledge with our IP round-up! We have selected 5 hot topics you may have missed from January 2022.

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1. Google and Samsung top applications for AI-related patents

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Applications for AI-related patents at the European Patent Office are on the rise, with more and more entities seeking protection for their ideas. 

Since 2014, there has been a boom in AI filings, listed under the classification of G06N at the EPO. And, between 2016 and 2020 just over 4,000 applications, from 1,000 different applicants, were published. 

At the forefront of these applicants are tech giants, Google and Samsung, with the highest number of published applications for AI at the EPO between 2016 and 2020. 

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2. League of Legends creator sues Imba Network for copyright infringement

Side by side comparison of characters Teemo (Riot Games) and Tomee (Imba Network). Source: polygon.com

Major games developer Riot Games is suing the Vietnamese developer Imba Network for their autobattler ‘I am Hero: AFK Tactical Teamfight’.

Riot has accused Imba of stealing character lore, likeness and stories for its game – claiming it to be a “knock-off” of ‘Teamfight Tactics’, a League of Legends inspired auto battler.

Riot is seeking $150,000 for each case of copyright infringement. Imba is currently denying the claim that they directly copied from Riot, ignoring the cease-and-desist letter which Riot lawyers have already filed with Imba. 

A lawsuit requesting the court to restrict Imba from selling its game has been filed in the State of California.

You can find out more here.

3. Microsoft has invested $50 million into sustainable fuels company LanzaJet

Source: Windows Central

Microsoft’s Climate Innovation Fund has invested $50 million in LanzaJet’s alcohol-to-jet fuel biorefinery, contributing to Microsoft’s commitment to being carbon-negative by 2030. 

The investment will go toward the construction of the Freedom Pines Fuels Plant in Georgia. 

LanzaTech’s patented process holds the key to converting the carbon-rich wastes produced by industries, such as steel manufacturing, into ethanol. 

LanzaJet predicts that its Freedom Pines Fuels plan will produce 10 million gallons of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel by 2023.

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4. UK Court rules that AI cannot be named as inventor on patent applications

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In September 2021, a London court ruled that artificial intelligence systems can not be named as an inventor on UK patent applications. 

The decision follows the case of Thaler v Comptroller-General; a case brought against the UK Intellectual Property Office after it rejected two patent applications which named Stephen Thaler’s AI machine Dabus as the inventor.

In December 2021, the EPO also confirmed that the inventor on a patent application must be a human being. 

You can find out more here.

5. JPMorgan to acquire a 49% stake in Viva Wallet

JP Morgan has entered into an agreement with leading European cloud-based payments fintech company Viva Wallet.

Viva Wallet, founded in 2000, provides card acceptance services through its proprietary, cloud-based payments platform. In 2020 the company launched Apple Pay and Google Pay in 18 countries, providing clients with access to digital business debit cards.

The strategic investment into Viva Wallet and their technology will contribute to JP Morgan’s Payments business and the development of its integrated payments experience. 

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