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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 ...
Hú trademark threatens to thwart cartoonist's t-shirt scheme
Apr 3, 2018
Hugleikur Dagsson has found that he may not legally sell t-shirts that he has produced featuring the Hú chant, much beloved by football fans worldwide since the Icelandic national ...
Partial agreement reached on IP rights post-Brexit
Mar 23, 2018
A draft agreement created by the European Union and the UK government governing intellectual property rights after the UK's withdrawal from the EU was released on 19th March 2018 (...
Bumble takes leftward swipe at Tinder
Mar 21, 2018
We reported here that Match Group (owners of Tinder) were suing competitor Bumble for infringement of patents, trade marks and trade dress, and accusing it of exploiting trade secr...
Match shows no love to Bumble in recent lawsuit
Mar 20, 2018
Tinder's parent company, Match Group, have brought an infringement case against their dating app competitor, Bumble. The Claimant is an American internet company that owns a large ...
Fowl play in Nando's trademark dispute
Mar 16, 2018
Nando's have taken legal action to prevent a chicken shop in Reading from infringing its cockerel and chilli logos as well as its name. Fernando's, owned by Asam Aziz, has received...
Shoe manufacturer Crocs dealt a blow in the EU General court
Mar 15, 2018
Crocs, the comfortable anti-fashion shoe-maker, have been dealt a blow by the EU General Court. Its Community Design registration has been cancelled as the product was made availab...
Iron Maiden "Running Free" after settling copyright action
Mar 14, 2018
Iron Maiden have settled a copyright claim brought against them by songwriter Brian Quinn. Quinn, of Whitley Bay, had sued over what he alleged was infringing content in two songs....
Descendant of Frida Kahlo objects to special edition Barbie doll
Mar 13, 2018
There has been recent conflict between a relative of artist Frida Kahlo and Mattel, the toy maker, in relation to the rights to the image of the deceased artist. The toy manufactur...
Nike successfully defend their 'Jumpman' logo in the Court of Appeal
Mar 12, 2018
Photographer Jacobus Rentmeester has failed in his appeal against the 2015 decision of District Judge Michael Mosman in his case against Nike. The 2015 case centered around a 1984...
BlackBerry sues Facebook and subsidiaries over patent infringement
Mar 8, 2018
BlackBerry has lodged a claim against Facebook (and its Instagram and WhatsApp subsidiaries) for infringing patents used in its messaging technologies. The patents in question allo...
Photography pirates taken on a grand tour.... of the Olive Garden
Mar 7, 2018
We reported on 20 February the story of FlightSimLabs sneaking spyware on to its customers' computers in an attempt to catch a pirate. You can read that story here. A photographer...
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