Potential ‘Fawlty’ Claim of IP Infringement by John Cleese
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Potential ‘Fawlty’ Claim of IP Infringement by John Cleese

John Cleese is considering legal action against an Australian theatre company’s “brazen, utterly shameless” rip off of his successful television series ‘Fawlty Towers’, from which he claims it has been profiting for decades. The Australian company, Interactive Theatre International (ITI) has staged its ‘Faulty Towers the Dining Experience’ (TFTDE) in London, most cities in Australia…

Fraud and Counterfeiting in the Food Industry makes the Sector Sick
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Fraud and Counterfeiting in the Food Industry makes the Sector Sick

Food fraud might not be something that much consideration has been given to by the wider population, however, it is a real problem and one which may cause serious harm. Examples include counterfeit alcohol (such as Vodka or wine as reported in the Independent Newspaper), copper sulphate coated olives and illegal meat all of which may…

Google, Patents, and ‘Sticky’ Layers
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Google, Patents, and ‘Sticky’ Layers

Google has filed a patent for a ‘sticky’ layer to protect pedestrians involved in accidents with self-driving cars, appearing to make a significant step forward in realising its ambition of putting driver-less cars on our roads. The patent was granted in the US on 17 May 2016 and is for an adhesive layer to be…

Radiohead Accused of Copyright Infringement Over Burn the Witch Video
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Radiohead Accused of Copyright Infringement Over Burn the Witch Video

British band Radiohead could face legal action for copyright infringement from the family of the creator of the children’s TV series the Trumptonshire trilogy.    The trilogy was first aired in the 1960’s and included the programmes Trumpton, Chigley and Camberwick Green.  The programmes were based in a fictional idyllic village and used ‘stop motion’ animation….

UK Government Publishes Report on its IP Infringement Strategy until 2020
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UK Government Publishes Report on its IP Infringement Strategy until 2020

New strategies and proposals have been set out in a Government paper entitled, “Protecting creativity, supporting innovation: IP Enforcement 2020”, published 10 May 2016.  The document sets out how it will make “effective, proportionate and accessible enforcement of IP rights a priority over the next four years.” The proposals are intended to put into effect…