Disney Pixar win dismissal of Inside Out copyright case: but it might be back
201802.02
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Disney Pixar win dismissal of Inside Out copyright case: but it might be back

Disney Pixar’s hit mental health positive film Inside Out was copied from “the Moodsters”: or so goes the claim by Denise Daniels, a child development expert who specialises in social and emotional development. In 2017 she filed an amended copyright complaint against Disney Pixar alleging that the entertainment giant had held discussions with her about…

The Merckiest depths of social media
201801.24
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The Merckiest depths of social media

The long running litigation between Merck KGaA (“Merck Global”) and Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp & Others (“Merck US”) over the disputed mark MERCK and the targeting of websites at the UK and the rest of the world is now likely to continue for the foreseeable future. The Court of Appeal have remitted the case…

IP Crime Report highlights challenge of internet infringers
201710.26
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IP Crime Report highlights challenge of internet infringers

The UK Intellectual Property Office has published its IP Crime and Enforcement report for 2016-2017 (the Report). The Report explains the current challenges and threats posed by intellectual property crime, with input from the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). According to the Report, 15% of all internet users aged…

Morrisons in court over data breach
201710.10
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Morrisons in court over data breach

Supermarket chain Morrisons is in court this week faced with a lawsuit brought by thousands of current and former employees over a data breach which occurred in 2014. The personal details and payroll data of almost 100,000 employees were posted online after they were stolen by a fellow employee – an auditor at Morrisons’ Bradford…

Toblerone sues Poundland over ‘Twin Peaks’
201708.22
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Toblerone sues Poundland over ‘Twin Peaks’

We reported on Toblerone’s change of shape in 2016 here. Poundland recently announced the launch of its newest chocolate product, Twin Peaks. Modelez, owner of Toberlone, has issued court proceedings against Poundland in respect of its new product. The famous Toblerone chocolate bar has chocolcate ‘peaks’ reminiscent of the Matterhorn in Switzerland; Twin Peaks is…

Roger in murky waters over copyright
201708.14
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Roger in murky waters over copyright

The launch of former Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters’ new album, “Is this the life we really want?”, has been interrupted in Italy after the album cover was found to constitute copyright infringement of the work of Italian artist Emilio Isgrò, whose works can be found here. Isgrò’s  work at the centre of the court…

Lumen links land Google into trouble
201706.15
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Lumen links land Google into trouble

The Higher Regional Court of Munich has issued an injunction against Google to stop the search engine linking users to the Lumen database. Lumen collects data relating to legal complaints made online for the removal of information and provides users with the source of the content removal. The judgement is interesting as it goes one…