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Ogier | British Virgin Islands | 19 Jan 2023

British Virgin Islands enacts new VASP Act

🕑 11 minutes 2022 was the first full year in which the progressives were responsible for the operations of both federal antitrust enforcement agencies. It was an extremely busy year, including numerous litigated merger challenges, criminal section 2 monopolisation cases and sweeping policy announcements. This article, while not exhaustive, gives a broad summary on the past year and indicates......
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AKD | Belgium, Global, Luxembourg, etc. | 2 Jan 2023

How to classify virtual goods and NFTs in Benelux trademark applications

🕑 3 minutes The Benelux Office of Intellectual Property (BOIP) recently issued a communication on the subject of trademark applications with terms relating to virtual goods and non-fungible tokens. The communication by the BOIP is a welcome clarification: it was uncertain whether an application that claimed only "virtual goods" as such would suffice or whether it would also have to further......
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Lee and Li Attorneys at Law | Taiwan | 19 Dec 2022

TIPO's views on design patents for metaverse-associated creations

🕑 3 minutes The rising interest in technologies relating to the metaverse has provoked discussion over how to protect associated inventions and designs through patents. In June 2022, the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) published an article entitled "Relationship between Metaverse and Design Patents", which may serve as a reference for the metaverse industry to improve patent......
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Kurtin PLLC | USA | 12 Dec 2022

FTC Sues Microsoft to Block $69 Billion Activision Blizzard Acquisition

On December 8, 2022, the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC"), the U.S. antitrust (competition) regulator, sued Microsoft, maker of the XBox video gaming…
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BLOMSTEIN | European Union, Germany | 24 Nov 2022

Sec. 19 a ARC - Not just virtual, but legal reality

On 23 November 2022, the Federal Cartel Office (FCO) declared that - for the time being - it does not object to the distribution of Meta VR headsets…
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Lexology PRO | Germany | 23 Nov 2022

Meta agrees to stop tying VR headsets with Facebook accounts

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office will continue investigating whether Meta has unlawfully tied its virtual reality products to its social media platform, despite the company deciding to no longer force its Meta Quest headset users to set up a Facebook account.
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Zhong Lun Law Firm | China | 14 Nov 2022

VR世界的著作权规制

VR(Virtual Reality),即虚拟现实技术,是借助计算机系统及传感技术生成一个三维空间的虚…
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Crowell & Moring LLP | USA | 4 Aug 2022

FTC Updates (July 25-29, 2022)

The FTC made a big splash this week when it filed an injunction to block Meta from buying a virtual reality company, arguing that the acquisition was…
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Kurtin PLLC | USA | 1 Aug 2022

FTC Sues Facebook Parent Meta to Block Acquisition of Virtual Reality Company Within Unlimited

On July 27, 2022, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") sued Facebook parent Meta to block its acquisition by merger of virtual reality ("VR")…
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NAM & NAM | South Korea | 1 Aug 2022

KIPO publishes examination guidelines for virtual goods

Unsurprisingly, given the fast-growing awareness of the metaverse and its implications for brand owners, the Korean IP Office (KIPO) has seen a sharp hike in the number of trademark applications covering virtual goods. Reacting to this trend, KIPO has issued new examination guidelines for trademark applications covering virtual goods to prevent applicants' confusion and improve examination......
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