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IP Five in 5 – Sandoz and Amgen Settle Patent Disputes, Activision Faces a $23.4 Million Patent Verdict and Adam Schiff Introduces Gen AI Bill to Protect Copyrighted Material


Welcome to this edition of MaxVal’s IP Five in 5 – where we cover the top five IP news stories in 5 minutes or less. This week’s edition includes Sandoz and Amgen settling a denosumab biosimilar patent dispute, Activision facing a $23.4 million patent verdict, and the introduction of a new US Bill to protect copyrighted material.

Patent Spotlight

Sandoz and Amgen Settle All Denosumab Biosimilar Patent Disputes

On April 30, 2024, Sandoz and Amgen settled all patent disputes concerning Sandoz’s denosumab biosimilars, paving the way for Sandoz to potentially enter the US market with biosimilar versions of Prolia and Xgeva by May 31, 2025.

Source: Financial Express

Activision Faces $23.4 Million Patent Verdict in Multiplayer Gaming Case

Delaware federal jury ordered Activision Blizzard to pay $23.4 million to Acceleration Bay for infringing patents tied to multiplayer features in “World of Warcraft,” “Call of Duty: Black Ops III,” and “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.” Activision plans to appeal the ruling, denying the use of patented technologies.

Source: Reuters

Trademark Spotlight

Adidas Files New Trademark Lawsuit against Aviator Nation

Adidas lodged a lawsuit against Aviator Nation on May 1, accusing them of trademark infringement and violating a contract. The legal filings indicate that the company asserts Aviator Nation’s line closely resembles Adidas’ iconic three-stripe design. This legal action isn’t the first time Adidas has taken Aviator Nation to court. As per the lawsuit filed in a federal court in Oregon, the two companies have previously reached three settlement agreements related to Adidas’ trademarks, with the agreements being finalized in 2012, 2013, and 2022 respectively.

Source: Sourcing Journal

Tesla Sues for Trademark Infringement in Delhi High Court

Tesla sued Gurgaon-based Tesla Power India Pvt. Ltd. for trademark infringement in the Delhi High Court. In response, the court issued a notice and restrained Tesla Power from using the trademark in promotional ads.

Source: Mint

Copyright Spotlight

Proposed Bill Mandates AI Firms Disclose Use of Copyrighted Art

On April 9th, 2024, US Congressman Adam Schiff introduced the Generative AI Copyright Disclosure Act, mandating AI firms to reveal copyrighted material in training datasets before releasing new AI systems, aiming to address concerns over potential copyright infringement.

Source: The Guardian


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