Twitch.tv blocked in China
201809.24
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Twitch.tv blocked in China

We have written here before about the uprising of streaming service Twitch, which although originally aimed at the online gaming and e-sports market, has since branched out in to all sorts of arenas such as “reaction” videos, TV highlights, and vlogging. It has not had much of a share in the giant e-sports market in…

201809.20
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City of London Police win IP Enforcement Award

The City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (“PIPCU”) has been given the Intellectual Property Champions Award for Excellence in Enforcement by the US Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center. The award is in recognition of PIPCU’s excellent work in anti-piracy and anti-counterfeiting. It is also the first time that the award has…

Lidl bag a mixed result from the EUIPO
201809.19
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Lidl bag a mixed result from the EUIPO

Lidl, the German discount supermarket chain, received a mixed bag of news last week from the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). In short, Lidl’s attempts to revoke a trademark were successful but at the same time an opposition against Lidl’s own trade mark was only partly dismissed. In 2008, Lidl made an application to…

201809.17
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Buying does not equal owning

In days gone by a purchase meant ownership. You buy a car, you own the car. It is then yours to do with as you please. You could keep it, sell it on to someone else, lend it to your mother-in-law, break it up for parts, or burn it to stay warm. The same went…

New Copyright Directive Backed by EU Lawmakers
201809.13
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New Copyright Directive Backed by EU Lawmakers

Yesterday’s article focused on the controversial new EU copyright directive which lawmakers were set to vote on in Strasbourg. The results of the vote are now in; the new copyright reforms have been backed by EU lawmakers. The results of yesterday’s vote will no doubt have caused critics of the reforms to feel a certain…