Fortnite dance lawsuit dismissed
202006.03
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Fortnite dance lawsuit dismissed

Fortnite, the online shooting game created by Epic Games Inc in 2017, has been subject to many lawsuits since its inception. Some of the most high profile lawsuits that have been brought against the games maker relate to the use of certain celebratory dance moves that the avatars in the game make. For example, many…

The Truth About…Servant
202006.01
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The Truth About…Servant

Francesca Gregorini, an Italian American director and writer, issued a copyright claim against the well-known film director M. Night Shyamalan in January 2020. Gregorini claimed that Shyamalan had copied her movie “The Truth About Emanuel” in order to create a new Apple TV+ series called “Servant”. Both of these titles portray grieving mothers and their…

Copyright infringement impacts Planet of the Humans
202005.29
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Copyright infringement impacts Planet of the Humans

Michael Moore is a well-known American documentary author, filmmaker and activist. Moore produced the controversial documentary ‘Planet of the Humans’, which attempts to address some people’s views on how the environmental movement has lost its momentum. It alleges, amongst other things, that solar energy is unsustainable, and that the environmental movement has made a catalogue…

EU Proposes a Patent Pool
202005.20
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EU Proposes a Patent Pool

Last week, the World Health Organisation (WHO) held its annual World Health Assembly via video conference for its 194 members. For those that don’t know, WHO is the limb of the United Nations responsible for international public health; the organisation is composed of health officials from member states. On the agenda for last weeks meeting…

Calm before the Stormzy
202005.15
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Calm before the Stormzy

2019 was a record-breaking year for weather and sport. It was also a record-breaking year for musicians and songwriters in the UK. They received a record amount of money from royalties. Great news if you are Ed Sheeran, Billie Eilish or Stormzy, perhaps you could spend the money on another mansion? That said, maybe musicians…

Is Nike trying to be “SNKE”
202005.14
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Is Nike trying to be “SNKE”

In September 2015, Nike launched its new app, “SNKRS”. “SNKRS” deals exclusively in limited edition footwear and other unique products, providing alerts to customers of soon to be released products enabling those customers to be first served. “SNKRS” has been a successful venture for Nike, with business doubling in 2019. It is because of this…

National Geographic survives trade mark infringement claim
202005.13
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National Geographic survives trade mark infringement claim

National Geographic has successfully defended itself against a trade mark infringement claim this week over the title of its “Untamed Americas” nature documentary. The action was brought by Marty Stouffer Productions (MSP), a television production company founded by Marty Stouffer, against National Geographic for trade mark infringement and unfair competition under the US’ Lanham Act….

Puma’s Tokyo 2021 is a no go
202005.12
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Puma’s Tokyo 2021 is a no go

On 24 March 2020, Puma made an application to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to register “Puma Tokyo 2021” as a trade mark. Ironically, this was the same day in which the International Olympic Committee announced that the 2020 Olympic games were to be postponed due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. A…