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Dre v Drai US trade mark battle is over
May 9, 2018
In 2015 Dr Draion M Burch sought to trademark the name "Dr Drai" for use in his business selling audio books and seminars on gynaecology. Distinguished rapper, entrepreneur and mus...
You Can't Do That: says judge in Beatles trade mark dispute
May 8, 2018
Apple Corps (a music company founded to look after the interests of the Beatles and no relation of Apple Inc,) has won a permanent injunction against counterfeiters who were profit...
Indonesia publishes its first Madrid Protocol trademarks
May 4, 2018
The Madrid Protocol is a system of trade marking that allows a single application to be made designating multiple signatory countries ("an International Registration"). It is a way...
Design patent issues for the future of trucking
May 3, 2018
A lawsuit has been filed in the US District Court for the District of Arizona against Tesla in respect of its planned new electric lorry, the Tesla Semi. Nikola, a designer and ma...
Are Russian courts using pirated software?
May 1, 2018
That is the bold claim of one of the countries former assistant judges in a complaint filed with the Intellectual Property Rights Court in Russia. It is alleged that the IP court i...
Messi scores at the General Court
Apr 27, 2018
Barcelona and Argentina football superstar Lionel Messi has won a seven-year trade mark battle over the use of his own name. Messi first made an application in 2011 to the European...
Naruto cannot own copyright
Apr 25, 2018
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has handed down a decision in an infamous dispute between a photographer and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). T...
German court declares AdBlock Plus legal
Apr 20, 2018
At the conclusion of a four-year legal battle between German news publisher Axel-Springer-Verlag ("ASV") and Eyeo (who operate AdBlock Plus) the German Federal Court ("FCJ") have h...
No break for KitKat
Apr 19, 2018
The Court of Justice of the European Union has said that the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) must re-examine whether Nestlé's KitKat shape (the four-fingered...
Counterfeit cosmetics: the faecal truth
Apr 18, 2018
This week over $700,000 of counterfeit cosmetics were seized in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Police Department's (LAPD) Piracy Unit coordinated a multi-agency raid with the FBI and...
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...
Adidas and Reebok in counterfeiting lawsuit
Apr 13, 2018
Adidas and Reebok have, together, filed a claim against 52 e-commerce sellers for trademark infringement, counterfeiting, and unfair competition. The sporting goods retail giants ...
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