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Blurred lines Case Appears No Clearer
Oct 16, 2017
The infamous 'Blurred Lines' verdict which ultimately decided that musicians Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke were guilty of copying Marvin Gaye's 1977 hit, 'Got to give it up' h...
ResearchGate Faces Large Copyright Case
Oct 13, 2017
ResearchGate is a social networking site based in Berlin. It allows academics to share published papers, presentations and book chapters with millions of its members. The firm was ...
Parties Overcome Song Copyright
Sep 18, 2017
'We Shall Overcome' the famous civil rights movement song, which has been called the most powerful song of the 20th Century has been the subject of a copyright dispute in the USA. ...
Monkey 'Selfie' Ownership Finally Settled
Sep 12, 2017
We have previously written about the rather improbable case of a photographer being sued by a monkey for copyright infringement. The case has now finally been settled after a 2 yea...
Duke and Duchess awarded damages over topless photographs
Sep 5, 2017
A French court today awarded €100,000 to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in a privacy case relating to topless photographs of the Duchess taken in 2012 and published in French Cl...
US to review China's intellectual property practices
Aug 15, 2017
In May 2017 we reported on rising tensions between US and China over intellectual property (IP) issues, the full article can be read here. In that article, we explained how the Am...
Lord Neuberger seeks clarity over CJEU decisions post-Brexit
Aug 10, 2017
The President of the Supreme Court Lord Neuberger has said the UK government will need to clarify how decisions of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) should be inter...
Beyonce's "Lemonade" Turns Sour In Copyright Claim
Jul 28, 2017
Beyonce's legal team has suffered a setback after a Louisiana federal judge denied the singer's motion to dismiss a copyright claim made against her single "Formation" which featur...
Own name trade mark defence revoked for corporate entities
Jul 18, 2017
Until recently there was an "own name" defence to both UK and EU trade mark infringement. This defence continues to apply in the UK for both corporate identities and individuals un...
Burberry sues another counterfeit network
Jul 17, 2017
British brand Burberry has initiated proceedings in the US to sue a counterfeiting network. The fashion house claims that the network is intentionally manufacturing, importing and ...
Copyright in a store layout
Jul 6, 2017
Originality is a key aspect of copyright. A recent judgment of the Douai Court of Appeals has made it clear how crucial this element is under French law, and has confirmed that cop...
A cereal trade mark saga
Jul 5, 2017
Around 300 boxes of Weetabix have been impounded by customs officers in New Zealand over a trade mark dispute between the importer of the British cereal and Sanitarium, the Austral...
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