Eleven Sports testing the old guard’s reserve
201810.11
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Eleven Sports testing the old guard’s reserve

When the lawful exploitation of intellectual property rights is contradictory to government legislation, the legislation normally wins. Since the 1960s there has been a “blackout” window of broadcasting live football between 14:45 and 17:15 on a Saturday. Early and late kick offs are televised, but the traditional Saturday 15:00 kick off has remained the preserve…

201810.10
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Defeat for Argos in the Court of Appeal

Since July 2015 Argos (the catalogue retailer) has been embroiled in a trademark and domain dispute with Argos Systems (“Systems”), a US software company. Argos accused Systems of infringing its trademarks by using Google AdWords to promote its domain www.argos.com. The argument was quite a complex one. Systems only operates in North and South America,…

201810.09
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UKIPO awarded Artificial Intelligence research funding

The Industrial Strategy Regulators’ Pioneer Fund has recently awarded 15 public sector organisations funding to research artificial intelligence technologies that may have a practical application to their sectors. The UK Intellectual Property Office is one such organisation and will apply the funding to researching whether AI can assist in the filing process of patents, trademarks…

Twitch.tv blocked in China
201809.24
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Twitch.tv blocked in China

We have written here before about the uprising of streaming service Twitch, which although originally aimed at the online gaming and e-sports market, has since branched out in to all sorts of arenas such as “reaction” videos, TV highlights, and vlogging. It has not had much of a share in the giant e-sports market in…