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Court Holds AI Invention Is A Computer Under Patent Law

A London appeals court ruled Friday that there is nothing about a company's AI invention that differentiates it from a typical computer program under U.K. law, meaning that it cannot be protected by a patent.

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Cyber-Insurers Could Be On Hook From Global IT Outages

The global IT outage that disrupted air travel, financial institutions and thousands of businesses on Friday could result in billions of dollars of losses and potentially major claims against insurance companies, analysts are warning.

New Scottish Law Society President Targets Legal Aid Revamp

After 40 years defending the National Health Service on the legal front line, the Law Society of Scotland's latest president is acutely aware of the challenges facing lawyers today.

BREAKING: Businessman Found Guilty Of Fraud For COVID Loan Abuse

A British businessman accused of dishonestly obtaining a COVID-19 small business loan was convicted of fraud on Friday after prosecutors accused him of scamming the system to repay an associate embroiled in a fight with the Serious Fraud Office.

Truck Buyers Seek To Stop Cartel 'Picking Off' Claimants

A trade group suing major truck makers in a £2 billion ($2.6 billion) class action over an alleged price-fixing cartel told a London tribunal on Thursday the manufacturers should be prevented from making the group claim unviable by "picking off" claimants through settlement offers.

Microsoft Told AI Development Tool Too Unclear For Patent

Microsoft cannot get a patent over its method of building "conversational" artificial intelligence tools because the invention is not clear enough for a skilled person to understand, European officials held in a decision published Thursday.

Thom Browne Denies Competing With Adidas In Stripe Fight

Thom Browne told a court on Thursday that he did not use a four-stripe design on sportswear to compete with Adidas as he gave evidence in the trial of a multi-jurisdictional trademark dispute over the designs used by the two brands.

Post Office Execs 'Lied To Me,' Ed Davey Tells Inquiry

Ed Davey told an inquiry on Thursday into the miscarriage of justice at the Post Office that senior officials at mail service, including its former chief executive, "lied" to him about the IT system used to prosecute innocent people.

Justice Secretary Looks To Fire Head Of Criminal Review Body

The U.K.'s justice secretary said Thursday she will seek to remove the head of the body that investigates miscarriages of justice because of concerns that she is "unfit to fulfill her duties" after a report exposed failings in the handling of the review of a historical conviction. 

Tycoon Commits To 6-Day Service After Royal Mail Takeover

The billionaire who has made a £3.57 billion ($4.64 billion) cash offer to buy Britain's national postal service said Thursday that he has committed to delivering letters across the U.K. six days a week if his bid succeeds.

Attorney General Puts Gerrard Contempt Case On Backburner

Britain's attorney general is not pursuing contempt of court proceedings "at this stage" against former Dechert partner Neil Gerrard for lying under oath while testifying about his work for mining company ENRC.

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