Disney Revs Up Legal Team Over “Cars” Copyright Dispute
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Disney Revs Up Legal Team Over “Cars” Copyright Dispute

Walt Disney has sued three Chinese firms for copying elements of its “Cars” animation and hit film(s). The Claim is brought against Blue MTV, media company Bejing G-Point and PPLive Inc, companies involved in the production, distribution and marketing of Chinese film “The Autobots”. During a focused move into the world’s second largest economy, Disney…

Stairway All The Way To Heaven For Led Zeppelin
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Stairway All The Way To Heaven For Led Zeppelin

We have previously reported here on the copyright infringement trial in Los Angeles concerning the legendary rock group Led Zeppelin and their hit song ‘Stairway to Heaven’. The jury has now reached its decision and has decided that Led Zeppelin are not guilty of copyright infringement. The case centred on a song from 1967 called…

Cosmetics company far from ‘made-up’ as Swiss Court holds that sales to a subsidiary do not constitute use
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Cosmetics company far from ‘made-up’ as Swiss Court holds that sales to a subsidiary do not constitute use

Pierre Fabre is a French multinational pharmaceutical and cosmetics company.  They manufacture and supply cosmetics products including a face cream sold under the trade mark ELUAGE.  The mark is used and registered worldwide including in Switzerland for skin care products. Sofar Swiss AG, a Swiss wholesaler, filed an application in Switzerland for the similar mark…

Samsung and Apple Go Head to Head in Mobile Payment Market
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Samsung and Apple Go Head to Head in Mobile Payment Market

Samsung and Apple, who together sell approx. 40% of smartphones globally, are about to go head to head in the mobile payments market as Samsung continues to roll out its new payment service, Samsung Pay. Software and Services ‘Ecosystems’ Samsung has generally lagged behind Apple in terms of the development of a “system” of software…

Another Bite Out of Apple in China
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Another Bite Out of Apple in China

It is usually the major brands that target smaller companies for patent infringement. However, in a classic case of David v Goliath one of China’s low-cost and relatively small scale phone manufacturers filed a patent complaint against Apple in Beijing and has, for now, won. Ruling The Beijing Intellectual Property Office held that Apple’s iPhone…