Who should be held Liable if a Self-Driving Car has an Accident?

Jurisdiction – USA Due to lack of legislations and judicial precedents, there is no clear answer to this question. This article will analyze the different approaches that can be adopted for attributing liability in collisions involving autonomous cars. Different Approaches Last year, there were two reported instances of Tesla’s cars being involved in accidents while…

Can Software Obtain Patent Protection?

Question by Kunal Bajpai Jurisdiction – India, USA, Australia India Software per se cannot be patented in India. Software used in combination with hardware, however, can be granted patent protection. A computer programme is defined as a set of instructions expressed in words, codes, schemes or in any other form which can cause a computer…

Who would own copyright in a poem written by AI?

Jurisdiction – USA What is AI? Artificial Intelligence (AI) is intelligence exhibited by machines which allows them to ‘think’ and perform cognitive functions like humans. Machines use this ability to learn, solve problems and improve themselves with minimal human intervention. Popular examples of AI are self-driving cars, Amazon Echo and AlphaGo. Based on their sophistication…

What is Chilling Effect?

Jurisdiction – USA, India Chilling effect is a phenomenon whereby legitimate exercise of rights – commonly free speech – is discouraged due to the threat of legal action.[1] The Effect leads to indirect censorship by restricting freedom of expression even before the legality of the content has been determined. For instance, user ‘A’ puts up the…

What is the Legal Liability of a Ghost Writer?

Question by Sushrut Karmarkar, Purdue University. Jurisdiction – India, USA A ghost writer is a person who has written a work on behalf of someone else without getting credit for the work.[1] The person for whom the work is written and is given credit is the “guest author” while the ghost writer remains anonymous. Ghost…

Can the Government use a patent without permission from the patentee?

Jurisdiction – India and USA Position in India Yes, there are two circumstances in which the Government can use a patent without permission by the Government – Merely of its own use under section 47; or For purposes of Government under section 100 read with section 99. Merely of its Own Use – section 47…