Start wearing purple wearing purple…
201902.07
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Start wearing purple wearing purple…

So sang Gogol Bordello in their gypsy punk hit in 2006. It was the band’s breakthrough track and they have sadly failed to stay in the mainstream ever since. Cadbury, however, fear that competitors may indeed start wearing purple following its abandonment of a trademark. Cadbury has duelled with Nestlé and a plethora of other…

Unicode to add accessibility-themed emojis
201902.06
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Unicode to add accessibility-themed emojis

The Unicode Consortium (“Unicode”), the group that controls emojis, has announced that its sixth update of the official database will include 230 emojis, some themed around disability or accessibility. Unicode is made up of representatives of tech and software development companies and individuals with the remit to create, maintain, and develop the database of emojis….

Netflix joins Hollywood’s biggest labels in trade association
201901.24
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Netflix joins Hollywood’s biggest labels in trade association

The Motion Picture Association of America (“MPAA”) is a trade association and lobbying group that works to further the interests of the movie and TV industry in the US. Its members are Hollywood producers and film makers, and chief amongst them are Disney, Sony, Paramount, Universal and Warner Bros. Netflix becomes the first non-Hollywood company…

EU Commission to investigate Nike tax rulings in the Netherlands
201901.22
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EU Commission to investigate Nike tax rulings in the Netherlands

It has recently been announced that Nike is under investigation by the European Commission over its IP licensing arrangements in the Netherlands. Tax rulings by Dutch authorities in the Netherlands have sparked suspicion that Nike entities are trying to avoid tax, giving them a significant advantage over their competitors. The Commission will investigate two Nike…

EUIPO takes big bite out of Big Mac
201901.17
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EUIPO takes big bite out of Big Mac

The EUIPO has handed down its judgment in the dispute between Irish fast food chain Supermac’s and McDonald’s. The dispute began in 2017 with Supermac’s arguing that McDonald’s was using its name to prevent Supermac’s expansion into the rest of Europe. The judgment of the Cancellation Division cancels McDonald’s registration of ‘Big Mac’ which was…