Counterfeit World Cup merchandise seized in Hong Kong
201806.18
0

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…

Handelsgericht gives surprise YouTube judgment
201806.07
0

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
0

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…

Whirlpool in a spin
201806.05
0

Whirlpool in a spin

Whirlpool is suing an alleged counterfeiter over goods that is says infringe one of its patents and are sold under its trademarks. Whirlpool alleges that Pricebreak is using trademarks on “counterfeit refrigerator water filters” in competition with Whirlpool’s own products. The allegation is that Pricebreak is selling filters that infringe on Whirlpool’s patent for “Fluidic…

201806.01
0

Could GDPR hinder access to information critical to enforcing intellectual property rights?

This is the question being asked by intellectual property lawyers across Europe after the directive came in to force last week. You may have noticed fewer spam emails this week, after the “opt out” model was replaced by an active “opt in” one for marketing purposes in the EU. Almost immediately after the roll out…

Moonwalking all over Disney
201805.31
0

Moonwalking all over Disney

The Michael Jackson Estate (“the Estate”) is suing the Walt Disney Company (“Disney”) and ABC for unauthorised use of dozens of copyrighted works. The use relates to the Disney produced documentary “The Last Days of Michael Jackson”, which Disney claims makes the inclusion of the copyright materials “fair use”. ABC are included in the lawsuit…

Film producers cross Sesame Street
201805.30
0

Film producers cross Sesame Street

STX Productions, the company producing the upcoming film Happytime Murders, is facing a lawsuit from Sesame Workshop, the creators of the famous children’s TV show Sesame Street. Sesame Workshop have complained that the marketing campaign for the new movie infringes its ‘Sesame Street’ trade mark and harms their goodwill. Happytime Murders is a film featuring…