PIPCU introduces new scheme to help victims of counterfeiting
201904.30
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PIPCU introduces new scheme to help victims of counterfeiting

On World Intellectual Property Day (26 April 2019), the City of London’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (“PIPCU”) announced its new operation aimed to help victims of counterfeiting who have been sold counterfeit goods. Operation Chargewell will not interface directly with the public in most circumstances, but will assist consumers who have been deceived into…

LEGO awarded infringing domains following UDRP complaint
201904.29
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LEGO awarded infringing domains following UDRP complaint

LEGO has succeeded in a Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (“UDRP”) complaint to the World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”). WIPO’s UDRP complaint procedure is a streamlined and efficient way for rights-holders to prevent infringement in domain names. The upsides of the procedure over traditional litigation are quite simple: it is cheaper, quicker, and one of the…

Amazon pilots new IP dispute programme
201904.26
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Amazon pilots new IP dispute programme

The world’s largest e-commerce marketplace and computing platform, Amazon, is attempting to strengthen intellectual property protection for those selling on its platform. Currently, it is trialing a new non-profit scheme called the ‘Utility Patent Neutral Evaluation process’. The process aims to manage patent infringement disputes between sellers and infringers on the Amazon website. In the…

Avengers: A Tale of Piracy
201904.25
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Avengers: A Tale of Piracy

Another digital piracy story today, this time underpinned by a rather strange commercial decision taken by the rights holder Marvel. Marvel took the decision to release Avengers: Endgame in China two days before the US release. It says that it did this to combat rampant piracy in the region. Previously Hollywood blockbusters have premiered in…

Prince’s estate awarded millions in claim for unauthorised music release
201904.15
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Prince’s estate awarded millions in claim for unauthorised music release

The estate of the late music icon Prince continues to vigorously protect the artist’s intellectual property. In September last year we reported on the steps the estate had taken against individuals who had illegally released bootleg versions of the artist’s songs without seeking permission. The full article can be read here. More recently, the estate…

Applicant strikes back at Marvel trade mark opposition
201904.10
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Applicant strikes back at Marvel trade mark opposition

Battles are usually illustrated in comic books, however, recent intellectual property news tells us of a trade mark opposition battle between comic book companies, Goode Enterprise Solutions Limited and Marvel. In March 2018, Goode Enterprise Solutions, filed a US trade mark application for ‘Return of the Guardians’ covering classes 16, 25 and 41; notably comic…