Ownership of IP Rights - The Implications of the ‘Monkey Selfie’ Case
Intellectual property rights are often some of the most valuable assets owned by a company or an individual. Many of the rights available under English law provide owners with powerful tools to protect their intellectual creations and enable intellectual property rights holders to prevent third parties from using their rights without consent. For this reason, ownership of intellectual property rights is often a contentious issue.
This webinar will examine the US judgment in Naruto v Slater (2018) a.k.a. the ‘monkey-selfie' case, where it was argued that an animal rather than a human could, and should, own the intellectual property rights in works that they create.
The webinar will also provide a summary of the position under English law on the ownership of intellectual property rights and consider how the law relating to ownership of intellectual property rights may evolve in future to factor in ownership of works not created by humans, particularly in relation to works created by artificial intelligence and machines.
This webinar has been designed to help anyone who deals with intellectual property or employee creations in their day to day work to improve their understanding of the law relating to ownership of intellectual property rights and to assist them in anticipating future developments in this dynamic area of law.
What You Will Learn
This webinar will cover the following:
- The judgment of the court in the Naruto v Slater case, including an examination of the reasons behind the court's judgment
- A summary of the legal position on ownership of intellectual property rights under English law, including in the context of employment and commissioned works
- An analysis and consideration of the future implications of the Naruto v Slater case on English law and horizon-scanning on the possible legal issues which may arise in future in relation to ownership of works created by artificial intelligence and machines
This webinar was recorded on 15th January 2019