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Collective Rights Organisation Fails to Collect in Dispute with YouTube
Feb 4, 2016
The Higher Regional Court in Munich has issued a decision in a dispute between YouTube and collective rights organisation GEMA. The Court held that YouTube is not accountable for c...
Porsche Crosses the Finish Line in Trade Mark Victory
Feb 2, 2016
The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has rejected an attempt to register "Carrera" as a Community trade mark (CTM) and in doing so upheld the EU General Court's decisi...
Only the Joker Left to Play in Batmobile Copyright Dispute
Feb 1, 2016
In the US a mechanic who made Batmobiles has petitioned the highest court in the US, the Supreme Court, to review his dispute with Warner Bros owned DC Comics ("DC"). Background ...
Bill Cosby Wins Defamation Case
Jan 28, 2016
Bill Cosby has won a case against a woman who sued him for defaming her after he denied allegations of sexual assault. It has been widely reported that Mr Cosby has been accused o...
EU Courts do the 'Hokey Pokey' in Trademark Opposition Case
Jan 26, 2016
Background Greyley Investments Ltd filed a CTM application claiming seniority of UK Mark 'HOKEY POKEY' in respect of confectionery. It filed the UK application in April 2000 and i...
"Taxi" For The London Taxi Company in Trademark Dispute
Jan 25, 2016
In The London Taxi Corporation (t/a The London Taxi Company) v Frazer-Nash Ltd & Another, Mr Justice Arnold has ruled that one of London's most iconic vehicles, the black cab, is n...
'Merck': A Globally Divided Brand - Trade Mark Infringement
Jan 18, 2016
Merck KGaA is a German pharmaceuticals company ("German Company") owning the rights in the Merck brand name in over one hundred countries. American company Merck & Co. Inc., whilst...
Grumpy Cat has Cause to be...Well...Grumpy!
Jan 14, 2016
Grumpy Cat is a cat with a permanent grumpy face due to an under bite and feline dwarfism. Her owner, Tabatha Bundesen, posted a picture of the cat to social news website Reddit in...
'Provocative' Artist Faces Copyright Claim Over Social Media Images
Jan 8, 2016
Only yesterday we wrote that it appears to be becoming increasingly common that journalists are using photographs without the permission of the photographer. We now report on an in...
Big Bang Theory Sued for Copyright Infringement of "Soft Kitty" Poem
Jan 4, 2016
CBS (and others), the network behind Big Bang Theory – the stars of which recently topped a list of the world's highest paid TV actors – is facing a claim for copyright infringemen...
US Construction Machinery Manufacturer Caterpillar Bulldozed in Legal Battle
Dec 23, 2015
In a recent US (Illinois, Northern District) case Caterpillar Inc. was ordered by a jury to pay $74.6million (approximately £50million) in exemplary damages in a fierce lawsuit by ...
Candles Are Blown Out In "Happy Birthday Lyrics" Dispute
Dec 15, 2015
On 17 November 2015, we reported that a US charity called the Association for Childhood Education International ("ACEI") filed a motion on 9 November 2015 to intervene in the long-...
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