IP & IT Law (25 February – 11 March)

Ellie MacKenzie

March 11, 2019

IP & IT News

Philips’ patents for GPS athletic performance monitoring device held largely invalid

WilsonGunn – 8 March 

In the case of Garmin (Europe) Limited v Koninklijk Philips N.V. [2019] EWCH 107 (Ch), Garmin has been successful in having Phillips’ UK patent revoked for a GPS athletic performance monitoring device. The judgment discusses patent protection when technology from one field has been transferred to another.


Facebook finds UK-based 'fake news' network

BBC News – 7 March 

Facebook has discovered and taken down a UK-based group which targeted fake news messages at British citizens. According to the social media company, the pages created by the group ‘engaged in hate speech and spread divisive comments on both sides of the political debate in the UK’.


Uber 'not criminally liable' for self-driving death

BBC News – 6 March 

Prosecutors have ruled that Uber are not criminally liable for the death of Elaine Herzberg, who was struck by a driverless vehicle created by the company. The crash happened in March 2018, when a woman was walking her bicycle across the road in Arizona.


Revealed: Facebook’s global lobbying against data privacy laws

The Guardian – 2 March 

A new leak of internal Facebook documents has revealed that the social media company has been targeting politicians around the world, trying to incentivise and pressure them to lobby against data privacy legislation. Alongside persuasion, Facebook has also been threatening to withhold investments from countries who do not support them.


CJEU to clarify scope of copyright infringement data requests

Out Law – 25 February 

The German Federal Court of Justice has asked the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) to clarify what information copyright holders have a legal right to obtain from online platforms. Following a dispute between Constantin Film and YouTube, the German court has asked the CJEU whether email addresses, phone numbers and IP addresses are covered by the right of information under Article 8(2)(a) of the EU's IP rights enforcement directive.