AI & IP: the problematic junctions


Unless you have been living in some remote cave the last few years, you must have noticed that there’s been a lot of talk about Artificial Intelligence (AI) lately. That’s not to say that you can’t find a Wi-Fi connection in a cave (It turns out you can), but amongst the hot topics last year, AI surely was up there with the likes of global warming, North Korea and the happenings of the Trump White House.

AI Talent attracts top dollar

2017 happened to be the year in which we learned that Tech companies across Silicon Valley and elsewhere were doling out upwards of US$300,000+ a year for top AI talent and machine learning “experts”, and that the pool of knowledge included University professors who seemingly abandoned their teaching roles for a piece of Silicon Valley. 


Why every brand owner needs to protect their Trade Marks in key markets before launching their business.

The general advice has always been sound – “Apply for trade mark protection if your brand is important to your business”.

Trade Mark Attorneys, Lawyers including Solicitors and legal practitioners alike seem to have repeated this mantra often, and rightly so.

Trade marks are territorial rights and a UK trade mark will neither protect the same mark in the US nor in Germany.  Some businesses tend to forget to revisit their trade mark requirement when they expand from their home market to overseas markets, with devastating consequences.


The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA) had been granted a Royal Charter at the April 12th meeting of the Privy Council.

ITMA is the UK-based professional membership organisation which represents Trade Mark Attorneys. The grant of a Royal Charter, which occurred at Windsor Castle in Berkshire means that ITMA will now be known as the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA). The change itself will take place later on in the year once the Charter receives the Great Seal of the United Kingdom.