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A German court ruling recognized the significant role artificial intelligence can play in the inventive process. But it clarified that AI can be identified only as a tool used by the inventor, not as the inventor itself. (iStock.com/KTStock)

German Court's Ruling Only A Small Step For AI Inventions

A recent ruling from Germany's top court holding that inventions discovered with the help of artificial intelligence can be patented marks a step forward for AI patentees, lawyers say — but only a small one.

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Gender-Critical Barrister Loses Appeal Against Stonewall

A gender-critical barrister lost her appeal against Stonewall Equality Ltd. on Wednesday after failing to convince the Employment Appeal Tribunal that the LGBTQ+ charity had "induced or attempted to induce" Garden Court Chambers into the discrimination she experienced. 

Ex-Barclays CEO Told To Testify In Appeal Of Qatar Fees Fine

Former Barclays CEO John Varley was ordered by a London tribunal Wednesday to give evidence in the bank's appeal against a £50 million ($64.6 million) fine over its emergency fundraising with Qatar during the 2008 financial crash.

Gov't Backs Off Plans To Expand Scope of Anti-SLAPPs Laws

A government minister declined to say on Wednesday when politicians might introduce legislation to prevent powerful elites from making abusive legal claims to silence public scrutiny, saying they have to balance access to justice with legitimate claims.

Simmons & Simmons' Profits Rise 8% As Revenue Hits £574M

Simmons & Simmons LLP said on Wednesday that growth across its core sectors and the expansion of its partnership contributed to profits picking up as revenue reached £574 million ($742 million).

Macfarlanes' Profits Soar As Turnover Tops £300M

Macfarlanes LLP reported double-digit increases to its profits and partner profits in its latest financial results on Wednesday and turnover exceeded £300 million, as the firm bounced back from economic uncertainty that caused performance to suffer in 2023.

British Steel Pension Redress Scheme Pays Out £8.7M

The Financial Conduct Authority said Wednesday that its redress program for steelworkers given poor pensions advice has paid out a total of just £8.7 million ($11.2 million) in compensation.

US Market Fuels Clifford Chance Revenue Growth

Clifford Chance LLP said Wednesday that revenue has climbed by 9% to £2.3 billion ($3 billion) in the financial year to April 30, fueled by a 28% growth in the U.S., where the firm enjoyed its best performance yet in the world's largest legal market.

Can New Pensions Minister 'Serve Two Masters'?

A new British pensions minister with a foot in two competing government departments could help create a more coherent pensions reforms, although some analysts warn of a potential Treasury takeover of pensions policy to prioritize economic stimulus.

Animal Farm, 1984 TMs Can Cover Political Fiction, EU Rules

European intellectual property officials have ruled that the trademark registration for George Orwell's dystopian novels "Animal Farm" and "1984" can include a host of books and media categories, so long as they fall under the genre of political fiction.

BHP Told To Stop Funding Brazil Dam Claim Ahead Of UK Trial

A London judge on Tuesday blocked mining group BHP from taking part in legal action that aims to prevent some Brazilian municipalities from participating in £36 billion ($46.4 billion) group litigation over one of the country's worst environmental disasters.

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