Cartoons to educate children on copyright law
201801.18
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Cartoons to educate children on copyright law

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has launched a campaign to teach children about copyright infringement and the internet, saying it is a key life skill to learn to respect copyrights and trademarks. The IPO is the official government body responsible for intellectual property rights in the UK and it also acts as an executive agency…

Coffee Rocks gets ground down
201801.17
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Coffee Rocks gets ground down

Starbucks has succeeded in its latest appeal in its opposition of Belgian entrepreneur Hasmik Nersesyan’s application to register a figurative mark for her ‘Coffee rocks’ brand. The EU General Court has annulled a EUIPO decision rejecting the objection filed by Starbucks. Previously, the EUIPO’s Fourth Board of Appeal had determined that the marks were “dissimilar…

Spotify sued over royalties
201801.12
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Spotify sued over royalties

Spotify is reportedly being sued by a music production company, on behalf of its clients, for £1.18 billion, in respect of unpaid royalties for songs hosted on its platform. The news comes amid news that Spotify is preparing for a form of initial public offering, a direct listing, later this year. The Claimant is Wixen,…

Government Urged To Remain In Unified Patent Court
201801.04
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Government Urged To Remain In Unified Patent Court

Legal professionals who work in the intellectual property sector have set out, in a position paper, what they want to see the government achieve in the Brexit negotiations in respect of intellectual property. The paper has been signed by organisations representing intellectual property professionals including the Law Society, the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys, the…

‘Uptown Funk’ Faces Another Legal Battle
201801.02
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‘Uptown Funk’ Faces Another Legal Battle

Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars are once again facing the prospect of a legal battle over their ‘Uptown Funk’ song. The song has been the subject of legal disputes in the past and this time is in the process of being sued by The Sequence. The 1970s trio, made up of Cheryl Cook, Gwendolyn Chisolm…

Court wakes up and smells the coffee
201712.15
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Court wakes up and smells the coffee

Nestlé, the Swiss food and drink company that boasts over 2000 brands, has taken a knock to its reputation after having one of its 3D trade marks annulled by Germany’s Federal Patents Court. This is not the first time we have reported on Nestlé’s trademark struggles. We previously wrote an article on Nestlé’s unsuccessful attempt…