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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 ...
Stranger Things than duffing up the Duffer brothers
Apr 12, 2018
The Duffer brothers, creators of the hit Netflix drama Stranger Things, have been served with a claim of copyright infringement that, if successful, could end the franchise. The c...
Levi Strauss trademark litigation: it's all in the jeans
Apr 10, 2018
Levi Strauss has brought proceedings against French fashion house Kenzo for trademark infringement in the US. The allegation is that Kenzo is infringing upon the famous "tab device...
Tulisa Screams and Shouts about her success in court
Apr 6, 2018
Former X Factor judge and member of N-Dubz, Tulisa Constostavlos, has won her claim against Britney Spears and Will.I.Am over their song 'Scream and Shout'. After five years of arg...
Copyright in tattoos… on a computer game?
Apr 5, 2018
Solid Oak Sketches ("SOS") acquired an exclusive license covering tattoo art on various (high profile) NBA stars from their respective tattoo artists. In 2016 it began proceedings ...
Patent Prosecution Highway announced between the UK and Brazil
Apr 4, 2018
The UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) and the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office (INPI) have announced a patent prosecution highway. The highway will allow applicants who ...
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