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The latest updates and breaking news on Intellectual Property from around the world
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US driven change to Swiss copyright legislation
Mar 1, 2018
In late 2017 Switzerland proposed a new draft bill on copyright, which offers a more robust approach to copyright infringement. A part of that law is that an internet service provi...
BBC successfully defends Californian copyright claim
Feb 27, 2018
In November 2017 Carsey-Werner sued the BBC for infringing its copyright in The Cosby Show by broadcasting a documentary entitled "Bill Cosby – Fall of an American Icon" in the pre...
Germany lends uncertainty to the Unified Patent Court
Feb 26, 2018
On 13 February we published the news that the Unified Patent Court ("UPC") would be given an exemption in the severance of ties with the European Union post-Brexit. It is now possi...
Waymo v Uber in trade secrets row
Feb 8, 2018
The trial of Uber in the trade-secrets scandal has begun in San Francisco before Judge William Alsup. The dispute between Waymo (a subsidiary of Google Inc,) and Uber is centred on...
Louboutin's sole issue
Feb 7, 2018
Fashion designer Christian Louboutin has been struck a blow by the opinion of the European Court of Justice's Advocate General Maciej Szpunar that "shape" includes colour. Christi...
Dodge in Superbowl PR disaster
Feb 5, 2018
During the 2018 Superbowl many viewers were left angered after seeing an advert for the Dodge Ram pickup truck featuring excerpts from "The Drum Major Instinct" sermon of Dr. Marti...
Disney Pixar win dismissal of Inside Out copyright case: but it might be back
Feb 2, 2018
Disney Pixar's hit mental health positive film Inside Out was copied from "the Moodsters": or so goes the claim by Denise Daniels, a child development expert who specialises in soc...
Compulsory mediation looms for Greek IP disputes
Jan 30, 2018
A law published on 17 January 2018 in Greece will bring with it wholesale changes to the resolution of intellectual property disputes in the country. From 18 October 2018 the clai...
The Eagles vs Hotel California ends in Peaceful Easy Feeling
Jan 22, 2018
A dispute between The Eagles and a Mexican hotel has been settled. Last year, the Eagles issued a lawsuit to stop the hotel from calling itself Hotel California. Hotel California i...
Lana Del Rey Hopes To 'Get Free' In Copyright Dispute
Jan 8, 2018
Lana Del Rey has confirmed on Twitter that she is being sued by Radiohead who have alleged copyright infringement in a song on her latest album called 'Lust for Love', which was re...
Government Urged To Remain In Unified Patent Court
Jan 4, 2018
Legal professionals who work in the intellectual property sector have set out, in a position paper, what they want to see the government achieve in the Brexit negotiations in respe...
Lego Builds Blocks of Chinese Brand Protection
Dec 11, 2017
LEGO, the Danish company known for its interlocking toy bricks, has won what is being hailed as a landmark lawsuit against Chinese infringers. Lego is one of the world's most valu...
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