EU Court of Justice says no copyright in taste
201811.15
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EU Court of Justice says no copyright in taste

Earlier this week, the Court of Justice for the European Union (CJEU) issued its judgement in the Levola, Heks’nkaas case. For those that may not know, Levola, a Dutch vegetable producer, issued proceedings against Smilde Foods BV alleging that it’s Witte Wievenkaas product infringed the taste of its spreadable cheese product named Heks’nkaas. The case…

Rihanna says please do stop the music
201811.12
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Rihanna says please do stop the music

It was just last week we reported on the dispute between Pharrell and President Trump after it emerged that the US leader used Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ track at a rally without permission. A week later and President Trump is in the bad books of yet another music artist, this time, Rihanna. At a rally in Chattanooga,…

Ivanka Trump granted new trade marks in China
201811.08
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Ivanka Trump granted new trade marks in China

Ivanka Trump’s defunct company, Ivanka Trump Marks LLC, has been granted numerous trade marks by the Chinese government. The trade mark applications were registered against some questionable goods and services, including voting machines and nursing homes. The granting of the new marks brings Ivanka’s Chinese trade mark portfolio to a total of 34. The daughter…

Netflix series in hot water with the Satanic Temple
201811.06
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Netflix series in hot water with the Satanic Temple

The Satanic Temple (“TST”), a religious group, has threatened legal action against Netflix for a statue used in their new series, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. TST have alleged Netflix of appropriating the copyright in a statue created by the Temple, without permission. The statue in dispute is an alleged copy of the TST’s statue…

Alibaba secures preliminary injunction against Alibabacoin
201810.31
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Alibaba secures preliminary injunction against Alibabacoin

Earlier this year, the Chinese e-commerce platform, Alibaba, filed a trade mark infringement claim against the Dubai cryptocurrency company, Alibabacoin Foundation. In summary, Alibaba accused Alibabacoin of infringing its trade marks on the promotion of their cryptocurrency in order to deceive its US online investors to make them believe the two entities were associated. We…

Not all uses of VPNs are illegitimate
201810.23
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Not all uses of VPNs are illegitimate

When somebody tells you that they use a Virtual Private Network (“VPN”) through which to access the internet as a whole, the mind is immediately drawn to the illicit activities that he or she may be conducting. Why else would that person feel the need to use a VPN? For those unclear, a VPN is…