Prince’s estate awarded millions in claim for unauthorised music release
201904.15
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Prince’s estate awarded millions in claim for unauthorised music release

The estate of the late music icon Prince continues to vigorously protect the artist’s intellectual property. In September last year we reported on the steps the estate had taken against individuals who had illegally released bootleg versions of the artist’s songs without seeking permission. The full article can be read here. More recently, the estate…

Applicant strikes back at Marvel trade mark opposition
201904.10
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Applicant strikes back at Marvel trade mark opposition

Battles are usually illustrated in comic books, however, recent intellectual property news tells us of a trade mark opposition battle between comic book companies, Goode Enterprise Solutions Limited and Marvel. In March 2018, Goode Enterprise Solutions, filed a US trade mark application for ‘Return of the Guardians’ covering classes 16, 25 and 41; notably comic…

Peppa Pig succeeds at the EU General Court
201904.04
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Peppa Pig succeeds at the EU General Court

The EU figurative trade mark for the well-known children’s character, Peppa Pig,  has prevailed in a three-year invalidity battle against an EU figurative trade mark for what is described as a ‘tapir head on a human body’ teamed with the wording “TOBBIA” (“the Tobbia sign”). The Peppa Pig sign depicts the pig in black and…

Mercedes Benz in hot water with Detroit artists
201904.02
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Mercedes Benz in hot water with Detroit artists

Yesterday we reported on Jaguar Land Rovers success at the Chinese courts against Chinese copycat car manufacturer, Jiangling Motor Corporation. Today, car manufacturer Mercedes Benz, has made headlines after allegations of copyright infringement against the company have emerged. The allegations emerged following the release of the Mercedes Benz marketing campaign for its G 500 Series…

Landmark ruling obtained in favour of Jaguar
201904.01
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Landmark ruling obtained in favour of Jaguar

Jaguar Land Rover has been successful in the Chinese courts at preventing a Chinese copycat from selling its version of the Land Rover Evoque model, ending a three-year court battle. The Beijing Chaoyang District Court ruled that Jiangling Motor Corporation’s (“JMC”) Landwind X7 model had five specific features that were directly copied from the Evoque…

Memes and GIF’s exempt under new copyright directive
201903.28
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Memes and GIF’s exempt under new copyright directive

The European Parliament has finally voted in the new European Copyright Directive (“Directive”). The legislation, which was revised several times in its making, will be considered by member states who will now need to approve the decision. The new Directive has not been without its controversies. In particular, Article 11 and Article 13 of the…

PIPCU investigation leads to prison time for UK pirates
201903.20
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PIPCU investigation leads to prison time for UK pirates

Beginning in 2013, PIPCU (the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit) investigated the theft of the Expendables 3 movie in advance of its Hollywood release. That investigation took some time, but in 2014 it revealed that two arrests had been made, now thought to have been Steven Pegram and Alan Stephenson. The men were released pending…

You Win Some, You Lose Some
201903.19
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You Win Some, You Lose Some

Apple is no stranger to litigation and expensive, lengthy court battles. We have reported on many of Apple’s disputes over the years, some of these reports can be read here and here. On 15 March 2019 Apple suffered a loss in its long-running legal battle with Qualcomm, the technology firm known for producing modems and…