No break for KitKat
201804.19
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No break for KitKat

The Court of Justice of the European Union has said that the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) must re-examine whether Nestlé’s KitKat shape (the four-fingered one) may remain registered as an EU trademark. We have previously reported on the confectionery issue here. In a press-release announcing the decision today, advocate-general Wathelet said that the…

Counterfeit cosmetics: the faecal truth
201804.18
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Counterfeit cosmetics: the faecal truth

This week over $700,000 of counterfeit cosmetics were seized in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) Piracy Unit coordinated a multi-agency raid with the FBI and Central Bureau Vice Unit. The taskforce raided multiple locations in and around the Santee Alley, which houses more than 150 fashion stores and is the design hub…

Adidas and Reebok in counterfeiting lawsuit
201804.13
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Adidas and Reebok in counterfeiting lawsuit

Adidas and Reebok have, together, filed a claim against 52 e-commerce sellers for trademark infringement, counterfeiting, and unfair competition. The sporting goods retail giants are seeking $2m per seller per infringement, in an ambitious claim lodged in Florida earlier this week. The defendants to the claims are accused of dealing in imitations of the claimants’…

Copyright in tattoos… on a computer game?
201804.05
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Copyright in tattoos… on a computer game?

Solid Oak Sketches (“SOS”) acquired an exclusive license covering tattoo art on various (high profile) NBA stars from their respective tattoo artists. In 2016 it began proceedings against the makers (Take Two Interactive Software (“Take-Two”)) and publishers (2K Games Inc. (“2K”)) of NBA 2K16, a hit basketball game sold across all modern gaming platforms. The…

Patent Prosecution Highway announced between the UK and Brazil
201804.04
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Patent Prosecution Highway announced between the UK and Brazil

The UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) and the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office (INPI) have announced a patent prosecution highway. The highway will allow applicants who have successfully obtained a patent in one jurisdiction to request the accelerated processing of a corresponding application in the other. The agreement was signed on Wednesday 28 March during…