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Yusuke Hisashi

For Noncompete’s Sake: IP Protection in the Wake of the Federal Ban

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Though a Texas judge has granted a partial and temporary injunction against enforcement, the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) rule banning noncompete clauses in employment agreements is still scheduled for enactment in less than a month.

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Utility Vehicles: Expanding Networks through Tokenization

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Generative AI can now produce audio and video experiences that are indiscernible from the real thing. Technology facilitates the digital dissemination of user-generated content (UGC) faster and more ubiquitously than ever. While these developments promise to transform the way humans work, play, learn, and interact, they can also enable antisocial and illegal behaviors.

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Robot Rights: Can AI Achieve Personhood?

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As AI systems become increasingly sophisticated and exhibit cognition and creativity, a critical question arises: How should generative platforms be categorized from a legal standpoint? Are they mere tools that enable humans to maximize their abilities?

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Artistic License: Contracting IP to Media Producers

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Intellectual property licensing is a complex but lucrative process for creators and rights holders. When a TV show, movie, or video game is adapted from an existing work like a novel or comic book, or when the production wants to use a person’s artwork, music, fashion designs, or computer code, the original IP owner can license their work and earn fees and royalties. However, the legal implications surrounding these deals require careful consideration.

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Trade Dress Rehearsal: Becoming Your Own Fashion Police

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As the metaverse and other virtual worlds edge toward interoperability and user immersion, new complexities surrounding intellectual property protections have emerged. In particular, industrial design rights and trade dress have become pivotal forms of IP that lawmakers aim to adapt for virtual goods and experiences.

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Japan’s New AI Guidelines: Technological Triumph or Regulatory Riddle?

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Japan has built a well-deserved reputation for technological prowess and a progressive attitude toward innovation. So, it’s no surprise that it is one of the first countries to release regulations and guidelines governing generative artificial intelligence imagery.

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Size Matters Before the Court: How the “Trump Too Small” Copyright Arguments Measure Up

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Is it possible that granting intellectual property rights protection to political commentary could actually limit rather than promote free speech?
That question presents an interesting subplot as the US Supreme Court weighs in on Vidal v. Elster, an intriguing exercise in the relativity of the First Amendment, trademark, and privacy/publicity.

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Digital Assets Get Real: UK Proposes New Legal Category for Crypto, NFTs

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In response to the evolving landscape of digital assets, the United Kingdom’s Law Commission (UKLC) has proposed a new category of personal property specifically tailored to cryptocurrencies and other digital assets.

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Pan-Pacific Plans: A Guide for Japanese Companies Expanding to the US

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The rapid evolution of the digital economy has exerted a profound impact on international business. One trend that’s increasingly coming into focus is the growing interest among Japanese companies in establishing corporations, branches, and regional headquarters in the United States.

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Lex Machina: Artificial Intelligence Brings Real Legal Quandaries

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Artificial intelligence and automation systems are rapidly transforming industries across the globe, from transportation to healthcare to finance. As AI becomes more prevalent, it is also creating significant legal challenges that demand careful consideration and planning.

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