German court declares AdBlock Plus legal
201804.20
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German court declares AdBlock Plus legal

At the conclusion of a four-year legal battle between German news publisher Axel-Springer-Verlag (“ASV”) and Eyeo (who operate AdBlock Plus) the German Federal Court (“FCJ”) have held that the operation of the browser addon is legal. The addon prevents popups, banner adds, and “hover” adverts (the difficult to close video adverts with a fake “X”…

No break for KitKat
201804.19
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No break for KitKat

The Court of Justice of the European Union has said that the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) must re-examine whether Nestlé’s KitKat shape (the four-fingered one) may remain registered as an EU trademark. We have previously reported on the confectionery issue here. In a press-release announcing the decision today, advocate-general Wathelet said that the…

Counterfeit cosmetics: the faecal truth
201804.18
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Counterfeit cosmetics: the faecal truth

This week over $700,000 of counterfeit cosmetics were seized in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) Piracy Unit coordinated a multi-agency raid with the FBI and Central Bureau Vice Unit. The taskforce raided multiple locations in and around the Santee Alley, which houses more than 150 fashion stores and is the design hub…

Adidas and Reebok in counterfeiting lawsuit
201804.13
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Adidas and Reebok in counterfeiting lawsuit

Adidas and Reebok have, together, filed a claim against 52 e-commerce sellers for trademark infringement, counterfeiting, and unfair competition. The sporting goods retail giants are seeking $2m per seller per infringement, in an ambitious claim lodged in Florida earlier this week. The defendants to the claims are accused of dealing in imitations of the claimants’…

North-East broadcasting fraudsters jailed for 4.5 years
201804.09
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North-East broadcasting fraudsters jailed for 4.5 years

John Dodds and Jason Richards have been jailed for 4.5 years each for selling a sophisticated intellectual property infringement service to pubs and clubs across the North East of England. Pubs are often charged thousands of pounds per month to legitimately show premier league football, premiership rugby, and headline boxing matches. Dodds and Richards saw…

Copyright in tattoos… on a computer game?
201804.05
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Copyright in tattoos… on a computer game?

Solid Oak Sketches (“SOS”) acquired an exclusive license covering tattoo art on various (high profile) NBA stars from their respective tattoo artists. In 2016 it began proceedings against the makers (Take Two Interactive Software (“Take-Two”)) and publishers (2K Games Inc. (“2K”)) of NBA 2K16, a hit basketball game sold across all modern gaming platforms. The…