World of IP Round Up: May 2018 | INTA and GDPR
May 2018 is a month that will go down in infamy for any lawyers working in IP and commercial law in general.
Without a doubt, GDPR and its coincidence with the International Trademark Association (INTA) conference, could not have been timed better (at least for doctors looking after IP lawyers’ blood pressure on commission). This gave a truly unique flavour to a month characterised by some last minute data protection DIY in contrast with the biggest annual celebration of the Intellectual Property trade to date.
Now that the dust has settled on both of these monumental moments, we can look back on May in the light of day – and all of the other news that was going on (comparatively) behind the scenes.
World of IP Round Up: The Big Ones
This year’s INTA meet-up was in Seattle, Washington in the USA and was the most highly attended conference to date.
There were a range of hot topics discussed over the course of the meeting – which garnered a record 11,000+ attendees.
GDPR: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Whilst the best and brightest in the profession were embracing the challenges set to come – those that were left behind found themselves in the unenviable position of bringing their GDPR efforts over the line.
Naturally, amongst the maelstrom there was a host of headlines to furrow the brow. Of particular interest (and somewhat unresolved) is the status of WHOIS and the correct handing of personal data when domains are registered.
(There were also a lot of memes.)
The WHOIS connundrum
Other GDPR bits (if you’re a glutton for punishment)
And of course, the memes.
IP pros may have been pulled from pillar to post in May – but that didn’t stop a couple of big stories coming through the pipeline.
And! If that wasn’t enough, Apple managed to prise $539m from Samsung as a consequence of the verdict in their long protracted patent case.
World of IP Round Up: The Best of the Rest
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World of IP Round Up: May 2018 | was written by Dr. Martin Douglas Hendry