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Unicode to add accessibility-themed emojis
Feb 6, 2019
The Unicode Consortium ("Unicode"), the group that controls emojis, has announced that its sixth update of the official database will include 230 emojis, some themed around disabil...
BURGER KING MOCKS MCDONALD'S WITH 'NOT BIG MACS' MENU
Feb 4, 2019
Recently McDonald's lost its trade mark battle with Irish chain Supermac's over its trademark rights in the words 'Big Mac' as McDonald's had dropped a Whopper by failing to prove ...
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...
Gigi Hadid's face gets her in trouble again
Jan 30, 2019
Gigi Hadid is being sued by Xclusive Lee Inc, ("Xclusive") for sharing a picture of herself. The allegation is that on 12 October 2018 Hadid posted a photograph entitled "Gigi Hadi...
US files criminal charges against Huawei
Jan 29, 2019
Huawei, the Chinese multinational conglomerate which specialises in telecommunications, has come under fire this week after the US Department of Justice charged the firm with a hos...
Netflix joins Hollywood's biggest labels in trade association
Jan 24, 2019
The Motion Picture Association of America ("MPAA") is a trade association and lobbying group that works to further the interests of the movie and TV industry in the US. Its members...
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...
How the pirate tables have turned
Jan 21, 2019
This has to be one of the more ironic news stories we have reported here. First, some background. TVZion is a pirate app that operates in the same way that Netflix or PrimeVideo do...
Match Group taking left swipes at Tinder's co-founder
Jan 18, 2019
It is a common problem. A founder, director or senior employee is leaving, and the company needs to protect itself from that person taking with them trade secrets, databases, or ot...
EUIPO takes big bite out of Big Mac
Jan 17, 2019
The EUIPO has handed down its judgment in the dispute between Irish fast food chain Supermac's and McDonald's. The dispute began in 2017 with Supermac's arguing that McDonald's was...
Fenty Family at War
Jan 16, 2019
Music artist Rihanna has made headlines this week after it has emerged that she is embroiled in a legal battle with her own father. The pop star, famous for music tracks such as '...
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