Defamation? It was only a joke…
201802.21
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Defamation? It was only a joke…

Comedian Louise Beaumont (known as Louise Reay on stage) is being sued by Thomas Reay, her ex-husband, for defamation and breach of privacy and data protection. Mr Reay alleges that in her show “Hard Mode” his ex-wife has made defamatory statements by implying that their marriage was abusive, and that it casts negative aspersions on…

Flight sim enters spy mode
201802.20
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Flight sim enters spy mode

“Spying” on one’s own customers is not a new phenomenon. Web browsers have targeted adverts at users based on their search histories since the early days of the internet. Yahoo have long been suspected of monitoring users’ emails. Actually going to the lengths of installing malware on customers’ computers (without their knowledge) seems to be…

Reddit bans “Deepfake” content
201802.09
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Reddit bans “Deepfake” content

Reddit, also known as “the front page of the internet”, has banned all “Deepfake” pornographic content from its website. Deepfake is a type of video that has been rife online since the release in January of “FakeApp”, a feat of software engineering that allows users to (amongst other things) select thousands of ordinary images of…

Waymo v Uber in trade secrets row
201802.08
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Waymo v Uber in trade secrets row

The trial of Uber in the trade-secrets scandal has begun in San Francisco before Judge William Alsup. The dispute between Waymo (a subsidiary of Google Inc,) and Uber is centred on self-drive technology. Waymo have alleged that Uber have stolen trade secrets relating to light detection and ranging (Lidar) for their driverless vehicles. Uber are…

Louboutin’s sole issue
201802.07
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Louboutin’s sole issue

Fashion designer Christian Louboutin has been struck a blow by the opinion of the European Court of Justice’s Advocate General Maciej Szpunar that “shape” includes colour. Christian Louboutin has been making shoes with the distinctive soles in Pantone 18 1663TP (or red, as it is more widely known) for over 25 years, and had argued…

Elvis Juice? Thank you very much.
201802.06
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Elvis Juice? Thank you very much.

UK brewery BrewDog has won an appeal over the registration of the trademark ‘BrewDog Elvis Juice’ for one of its beers. In 2016 the estate of the late great Elvis Presley opposed the registration on infringement grounds, and the applications were rejected by the UK Intellectual Property Office. They have now been allowed on appeal….

Dodge in Superbowl PR disaster
201802.05
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Dodge in Superbowl PR disaster

During the 2018 Superbowl many viewers were left angered after seeing an advert for the Dodge Ram pickup truck featuring excerpts from “The Drum Major Instinct” sermon of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr delivered at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta 50 years ago. The advert featured emergency service and military personnel responding to emergencies,…

Disney Pixar win dismissal of Inside Out copyright case: but it might be back
201802.02
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Disney Pixar win dismissal of Inside Out copyright case: but it might be back

Disney Pixar’s hit mental health positive film Inside Out was copied from “the Moodsters”: or so goes the claim by Denise Daniels, a child development expert who specialises in social and emotional development. In 2017 she filed an amended copyright complaint against Disney Pixar alleging that the entertainment giant had held discussions with her about…

Compulsory mediation looms for Greek IP disputes
201801.30
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Compulsory mediation looms for Greek IP disputes

A law published on 17 January 2018 in Greece will bring with it wholesale changes to the resolution of intellectual property disputes in the country. From 18 October 2018 the claiming party in trademark, patent and industrial design disputes will have to request the appointment of a mediator from the Central Mediation Authority – which…

Bad faith ruling in ALEXANDER appeal
201801.29
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Bad faith ruling in ALEXANDER appeal

Geoffrey Hobbs QC has refused an application on appeal to register ALEXANDER as a UK trademark for mirrors and picture frames for the applicant CKL Holdings NV. Mr Michael Gleissner is the owner of the Dutch business and is infamous in trademark circles, having previously made large-scale cancellation actions. The application was opposed by Paper…