IP Crime Report highlights challenge of internet infringers
201710.26
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IP Crime Report highlights challenge of internet infringers

The UK Intellectual Property Office has published its IP Crime and Enforcement report for 2016-2017 (the Report). The Report explains the current challenges and threats posed by intellectual property crime, with input from the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). According to the Report, 15% of all internet users aged…

Eminem’s success against NZ political party
201710.25
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Eminem’s success against NZ political party

Eminem, the American award-winning rapper, songwriter and producer, has been the latest artist to have copyright in his music infringed. The Judgment from a May 2017 trial in a copyright lawsuit in the High Court of New Zealand was published today and it is a victory for the rapper. The track at the centre of…

Australian manufacturer in UGG battle
201710.18
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Australian manufacturer in UGG battle

Outside of Australia, a lot of people would associate the name ‘ugg’ with the UGG footwear brand known for producing, amongst other products, sheepskin boots (UGG). UGG is a division of American company Deckers Outdoor Corporation (Deckers). In Australia, however, the word ‘ugg’ has been used as a generic term for sheepskin boots for years….

Aboriginal artist’s family battle for copyright
201710.17
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Aboriginal artist’s family battle for copyright

Albert Namatjira, the Australian aboriginal artist who died in 1959, made headlines this week after it was announced that the copyright in his artwork has finally been returned to his family. Namatjira was known for the geography he depicted in his paintings, including the mountains and valleys of the Australian outback, as well as the…

ResearchGate Faces Large Copyright Case
201710.13
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ResearchGate Faces Large Copyright Case

ResearchGate is a social networking site based in Berlin. It allows academics to share published papers, presentations and book chapters with millions of its members. The firm was founded in 2008 and it has received more than $87 million from Science Funders and investors, including Bill Gates. It claims to have more than 13 million…

Morrisons in court over data breach
201710.10
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Morrisons in court over data breach

Supermarket chain Morrisons is in court this week faced with a lawsuit brought by thousands of current and former employees over a data breach which occurred in 2014. The personal details and payroll data of almost 100,000 employees were posted online after they were stolen by a fellow employee – an auditor at Morrisons’ Bradford…

Levi Strauss sues over red tabs
201710.04
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Levi Strauss sues over red tabs

According to World IP Review, Levi Strauss (Levi’s) is taking Connecticut clothing retailer Vineyard Vines to court in the US for trade mark infringement relating to red tabs attached to the back pockets of jeans, despite those tabs having Vineyard Vines’ logo on. Proceedings were reportedly issued last week in the Northern District of California….