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The latest updates and breaking news on Intellectual Property from around the world
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All Pistols Blazing
Aug 23, 2021
John Lydon, former Sex Pistols frontman has lost a High Court battle against two former band members to stop a new TV drama using the Sex Pistols music. Former band members Paul...
Feb 1, 2021
It was announced today that online fashion retailer Asos is the new owner of Miss Selfridge, Topshop and other brands. It comes as Arcadia, a multinational retail company, was put ...
Prince's estate awarded millions in claim for unauthorised music release
Apr 15, 2019
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 ag...
Far East Sues West
Jan 31, 2019
It has emerged this week that Kanye West, and his apparel brand, Yeezy Apparel Inc. (Yeezy), are being sued by a Japanese textiles company Toki Sen-I Co. The Yeezy apparel brand, f...
HMRC kicks up a fuss over professional football
Apr 26, 2017
Today HMRC reportedly arrested several individuals involved in professional football, including Newcastle United Managing Director Lee Charnley, as part of a number of raids amid a...
Indian High Court rules on standing of a trademark licensee to sue
Jan 27, 2017
A recent decision of the Division Bench in the High Court of Delhi has sought to answer the question of what standing a trademark licensee has to bring trademark infringement proce...
Duran Duran Denied Copyright Reversion
Dec 5, 2016
On Friday, Arnold J ruled against Duran Duran in a copyright contract dispute with its long-term record producers Gloucester Place Music Ltd (the Claimant). The band assigned the i...
Business dealings and legal jurisdiction in contract claims
Nov 21, 2016
The Court of Appeal recently confirmed that, in determining the place of performance of a contract, it is for a Claimant before the English courts to present an argument that the E...
Spinal Tap Co-Creator Brings Claim Against Vivendi
Oct 19, 2016
Harry Shearer, actor and star in This is Spinal Tap, an 80s rock mockumentary, has brought a legal claim against media multinational conglomerate Vivendi over the level of merchand...
Hanjin Shipping Company in Deep Water
Oct 12, 2016
South Korean Hanjin Shipping Co., one of the world's top ten container carriers in terms of capacity, would typically transport everyday consumer goods such as: clothing, electrica...
Court Orders Destruction of Confidential Information Before Trial
Aug 26, 2016
The High Court recently granted an order before trial containing a provision not believed ever to have been included in such an order before. The case is Arthur J Gallagher Service...
Oral Contract Variation Can Override Contract Terms
Aug 24, 2016
The Court of Appeal has ruled in favour of a Defendant who argued a contract had been orally varied despite a clause in that contract stating that any variations must be in writing...
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