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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...
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...
Light at the end of the tunnel for 'Black Friday' trade mark monopoly
Apr 16, 2018
The American term, 'Black Friday', which refers to the day after Thanksgiving when retailers slash prices and make special offers, has become an entrenched phenomenon in many of th...
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...
Dubai cryptocurrency firm accused of trade mark infringement
Apr 11, 2018
It has emerged this week that Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant, have filed a lawsuit in the Southern District of New York against Alibabacoin Foundation, the Dubai cryptocurre...
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...
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