UKIPO releases plan to shipwreck pirates
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UKIPO releases plan to shipwreck pirates

Recently, the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) has published its plans and strategies to improve services in the enforcement of anti-piracy. Piracy, which is a common term used for copyright infringement, is the unauthorised use or reproduction of another’s work. They have published two documents, one detailing their corporate plan for 2018-2019, and the other…

Counterfeit World Cup merchandise seized in Hong Kong
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Counterfeit World Cup merchandise seized in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Customs has seized more than HK$15 million (£1.4m) worth of counterfeit FIFA World Cup merchandise in the last two months under the authorities’ appropriately named ‘Operation Goalkeeper’ initiative. Customs officials announced last week that they had seized over a quarter of a million infringing articles under the operation, and arrested five people on…

Hague System extended to the UK
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Hague System extended to the UK

On 13 June 2018 the Geneva (1999) Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs (a mouthful) came in to effect in the UK. What this means is that it is now possible to designate the UK as a jurisdiction under the Hague system of design registration. The Hague system is…

Uber plays ‘Spot the Drunk’
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Uber plays ‘Spot the Drunk’

Uber has applied for a patent for technology that identifies inebriated customers. They say that it would be used to allow drivers to avoid picking up drunk customers that are more likely to be rowdy, messy, or unpleasant. The patent application describes a system that identifies “uncharacteristic user activity”, including typing accuracy and screen tilt….

Handelsgericht gives surprise YouTube judgment
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Handelsgericht gives surprise YouTube judgment

There has been much debate in recent years as to whether websites that host user-submitted content should be liable for intellectual property infringements committed by the display of that content. Rights holders (perhaps unsurprisingly) favour an approach where a website is liable, but the websites themselves (and their advocates) argue that such an approach would…

Don’t say Velcro, says Velcro.
201806.06
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Don’t say Velcro, says Velcro.

Last year Velcro released a music video (here) urging people to use the correct name for ‘hook and loop’ fastening systems.  It has now followed that up with another video, sung by its lawyers. If you aren’t easily offended by threats to lawyers or barely beeped swearing, you can find it here. The video is…