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…

EU Content Rules to change on Easter Sunday
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EU Content Rules to change on Easter Sunday

Travellers often complain of the restrictions on the use of subscription based streaming and on-demand content when abroad. New “content portability” regulations aim to address that. European Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip has said “Citizens are at the core of all our digital initiatives. As of 1 April, wherever you are traveling to in the EU,…

Retail giants rail against US-China tariffs
201803.27
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Retail giants rail against US-China tariffs

Walmart and 24 other retail giants have spoken out against President Trump’s tariffs on Chinese imports in to the USA. The Retail Industry Leaders Association (“RILA”) has claimed that the tariffs will lead to higher costs for retailers which will be passed on to consumers. The tariffs have been imposed by the President as part…