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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...
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...
Jack Daniel's Take A Shot Against Whiskey Producers For Trademark Infringement
May 2, 2018
The makers of Jack Daniel's, the top-selling Tennessee whiskey, have become disgruntled over a look alike product that has hit shelves in the US. The whisky in question, entitled L...
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...
Spanish Cheese Producers Don't Feel Grate About New Trade Deal
Apr 30, 2018
Spanish producers of the famous sheep's milk cheese, manchego, are not happy with a recent EU decision which will allow Mexican producers of cow's milk cheese to use the manchego n...
ACID Announces Design Champion on World IP Day
Apr 26, 2018
On this day each year, the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) celebrate World Intellectual Property Day as a way of promoting intellectual property rights and highligh...
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...
Tattoo artist brings copyright infringement claim against game publishers
Apr 24, 2018
WWE and 2K Games (publishers of video games) are in the midst of a copyright infringement lawsuit relating to tattoo designs reproduced in their video games. Catherine Alexander, 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...
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