Moonwalking all over Disney
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Moonwalking all over Disney

The Michael Jackson Estate (“the Estate”) is suing the Walt Disney Company (“Disney”) and ABC for unauthorised use of dozens of copyrighted works. The use relates to the Disney produced documentary “The Last Days of Michael Jackson”, which Disney claims makes the inclusion of the copyright materials “fair use”. ABC are included in the lawsuit…

Film producers cross Sesame Street
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Film producers cross Sesame Street

STX Productions, the company producing the upcoming film Happytime Murders, is facing a lawsuit from Sesame Workshop, the creators of the famous children’s TV show Sesame Street. Sesame Workshop have complained that the marketing campaign for the new movie infringes its ‘Sesame Street’ trade mark and harms their goodwill. Happytime Murders is a film featuring…

Player Unknown to sue Fortnite
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Player Unknown to sue Fortnite

PUBG Corp., the developer behind Player Unknown’s Battle Ground (“PUBG”), has issued proceedings in South Korea to determine whether Epic Games have infringed on copyright in the creation and execution of their hit game Fortnite. The issues between the two game developers is nuanced, as PUBG runs on the Unreal Engine (a model for first…

The Sweet Smell of Success
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The Sweet Smell of Success

Hasbro, the American multinational toy maker, has successfully trade marked the scent of one of their most popular products, Play- Doh. In February 2017, the company filed its application to trade mark the smell of its dough like modelling clay that has been loved by children the world over since its creation in 1956. One…

“Slabgate” escalates but proceedings may be some way off
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“Slabgate” escalates but proceedings may be some way off

In an intellectual property rights battle playing out on social media, Hotel Chocolat has accused Waitrose of infringing its IP rights by selling a new range of chocolates. Angus Thirlwell (a co-founder of the boutique British chocolatier) has claimed that the supermarket’s new line of chocolate slabs infringes on Hotel Chocolat’s registered designs. He said…

Jessica Alba fails in UK trademark opposition
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Jessica Alba fails in UK trademark opposition

Jessica Alba’s ethical household products business, The Honest Company, has failed to prevent the registration of the mark “Honestly Hope” by the cosmetics brand of the same name. Honestly Hope applied to register the mark for cosmetics and medical oils. The Honest Company sells a range of household goods including cosmetics and shaving products, all…

Court walks backwards and forwards in trainer dispute
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Court walks backwards and forwards in trainer dispute

Circuit Judge Jacqueline Nguyen delivered a contradictory verdict for Adidas in their case against Sketchers at the US District Court for the District of Oregon, Portland Division. The Court gave Adidas both victory and defeat in the final outcome. The two footwear companies began their dispute in 2015 when Adidas filed a complaint against Sketchers…