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The latest updates and breaking news on Intellectual Property from around the world
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PIPCU introduces new scheme to help victims of counterfeiting
Apr 30, 2019
On World Intellectual Property Day (26 April 2019), the City of London's Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit ("PIPCU") announced its new operation aimed to help victims of coun...
Red Bull files 'grey market' goods lawsuit against US petrol station
Jan 23, 2019
Grey market goods can often be a confusing topic. Black market goods are clearly defined and (often) easily identifiable: they are counterfeits with no link to the legitimate manuf...
EU Commission to investigate Nike tax rulings in the Netherlands
Jan 22, 2019
It has recently been announced that Nike is under investigation by the European Commission over its IP licensing arrangements in the Netherlands. Tax rulings by Dutch authorities i...
FlightSimLabs at it again
Jun 4, 2018
We reported back in February that FlightSimLabs ("FSL") had been caught by Reddit users installing spyware on its customers' computers in a strange attempt to catch a pirate. You c...
Could GDPR hinder access to information critical to enforcing intellectual property rights?
Jun 1, 2018
This is the question being asked by intellectual property lawyers across Europe after the directive came in to force last week. You may have noticed fewer spam emails this week, af...
Canada Drugs chief sentenced to house arrest
Apr 17, 2018
Kris Thorkelson, owner of Canada Drugs, has been sentenced to 6-months house-arrest for his part in concealing the importation by his company and its subsidiaries of counterfeit me...
EU Content Rules to change on Easter Sunday
Mar 28, 2018
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 tha...
CMA 'pings' fine out to golf retailer
Aug 29, 2017
American golf equipment retailer PING has caused controversy by stopping two UK retailers from selling some of its products online. The products in question are golf clubs and PIN...
Preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation
May 4, 2017
From 25 May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect thereby replacing the Data Protection Directive 1995. The main goal of the GDPR is to harmoniz...
Counterfeit Spirits and Wine - Better have a Stiff Drink!
Aug 1, 2016
The health risk of counterfeit alcohol is something many people will be aware of, indeed we have reported on it in the past - see article entitled "Fraud and Counterfeiting in the ...
Royalty Rates for Use of Musical Works in ITV Broadcasts Determined
Jul 6, 2016
The Copyright Tribunal has ruled on the yearly royalty rate to be paid by ITV Network Ltd, under its licence from PRS for Music (PRS) for the use of musical copyright works in tele...
Pharmaceutical Giant Experiences 'Pain' After Nurofen TV Advert Banned
Jul 4, 2016
The advertising watchdog has banned a TV advertisement for one of the biggest painkiller brands, Nurofen, because it alleged that the product could specifically target joint and ba...
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