Far East Sues West
201901.31
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Far East Sues West

It has emerged this week that Kanye West, and his apparel brand, Yeezy Apparel Inc. (Yeezy), are being sued by a Japanese textiles company Toki Sen-I Co. The Yeezy apparel brand, founded in 2015, has been a successful and lucrative venture for West: the brand is now in its sixth season. It was announced this…

US files criminal charges against Huawei
201901.29
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US files criminal charges against Huawei

Huawei, the Chinese multinational conglomerate which specialises in telecommunications, has come under fire this week after the US Department of Justice charged the firm with a host of criminal charges, including the theft of intellectual property, fraud and conspiracy. The tech conglomerate is the second biggest manufacturer of smartphones in the world after Samsung, however,…

Netflix joins Hollywood’s biggest labels in trade association
201901.24
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Netflix joins Hollywood’s biggest labels in trade association

The Motion Picture Association of America (“MPAA”) is a trade association and lobbying group that works to further the interests of the movie and TV industry in the US. Its members are Hollywood producers and film makers, and chief amongst them are Disney, Sony, Paramount, Universal and Warner Bros. Netflix becomes the first non-Hollywood company…

EU Commission to investigate Nike tax rulings in the Netherlands
201901.22
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EU Commission to investigate Nike tax rulings in the Netherlands

It has recently been announced that Nike is under investigation by the European Commission over its IP licensing arrangements in the Netherlands. Tax rulings by Dutch authorities in the Netherlands have sparked suspicion that Nike entities are trying to avoid tax, giving them a significant advantage over their competitors. The Commission will investigate two Nike…

How the pirate tables have turned
201901.21
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How the pirate tables have turned

This has to be one of the more ironic news stories we have reported here. First, some background. TVZion is a pirate app that operates in the same way that Netflix or PrimeVideo does: users either download the app or navigate to the website, create an account, and access content to stream. While Netflix and…

EUIPO takes big bite out of Big Mac
201901.17
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EUIPO takes big bite out of Big Mac

The EUIPO has handed down its judgment in the dispute between Irish fast food chain Supermac’s and McDonald’s. The dispute began in 2017 with Supermac’s arguing that McDonald’s was using its name to prevent Supermac’s expansion into the rest of Europe. The judgment of the Cancellation Division cancels McDonald’s registration of ‘Big Mac’ which was…

Fenty Family at War
201901.16
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Fenty Family at War

Music artist Rihanna has made headlines this week after it has emerged that she is embroiled in a legal battle with her own father. The pop star, famous for music tracks such as ‘Umbrella’ and ‘We Found Love’, launched her own label in 2017 named Fenty (after her surname). Since its inception, the Fenty brand…