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Taylor Swift Looks Set to 'Shake Off' Latest Legal Battle
Nov 3, 2015
Pop star Taylor Swift is being accused of stealing the words to her hit song "Shake It Off". As a result she is being sued for approximately $42m (£24m). U.S. based R&B singer Jes...
Wake Up and Smell the Coffee - PGI and Trademark Oppositions
Oct 29, 2015
The Colombian Coffee Growers Federation ("Federation") is a non-profit organisation representing over 500,000 coffee growing families. The Federation filed an application for a Pro...
Boo-Hoo - Copyright Does Not Subsist in Pomeranian Dog Toy
Oct 26, 2015
Copyright does not subsist in a toy of the world's 'cutest dog', a Pomeranian named Boo, according to The District Court in The Hague. Buddy Boo Inc. is an American Company founde...
Safe Harbour and Confusing Phrases
Oct 21, 2015
There has been a lot of deliberation and opinion in recent days following the decision of the CJEU in the Safe Harbour case C362/14, which involved shared personal data between the...
Mik Maki design invalid on the basis of earlier Tic Tac rights
Oct 16, 2015
In September 2015 OHIM (Trade Marks and Designs) Third Board of Appeal published its Decision in relation to Invalidity Proceedings brought by Ferrero (Global Confectionary Group b...
Pie in the Sky? Business Making Square Pies Given Legal Warning
Oct 13, 2015
A company making square shaped pies has been told that it cannot call them 'square' by a rival pie maker. Wiltshire based firm 'Eat Square' started making square pies earlier this...
Sportbay's success in e-Bay trade mark opposition
Oct 7, 2015
Nesterovas Linas, trading under the name Sportbay / Open Sales Europe, applied for the figurative and word mark SPORTBAY covering classes 22,25,28 and 35, in April 2012. e-Bay opp...
Dutch Court Colour Blind toward Registered Design Right Infringement
Sep 22, 2015
Wibit-Sports GmbH, a company that makes inflatable toys and structures for use in water parks is and the registered proprietor of a variety of such designs, brought proceedings aga...
UK Citizen Jailed for Internet Piracy Scam
Sep 14, 2015
A man in the UK has been jailed for running an illegal website offering access to the latest films and TV shows. Paul Mahoney reportedly made £300,000 through advertising on his we...
Hamsters, Fox and Mistaken Identity - Celebrity Endorsements
Sep 9, 2015
The case of Harris Faulkner v Hasbro, 2:15-cv-06518 provides an interesting insight into the world of celebrity endorsement in the US. Background Harris Faulkner, a Fox News anch...
Apple's 'Slide' Patent Falls Over for Lacking an 'Inventive Step'
Sep 8, 2015
The German Federal Court, Germany's highest appeal court, has affirmed a 2013 decision which declared the German part of Apple's 'slide-to-unlock' patent invalid. The patent relate...
Ringing the Changes - Tokyo 2020 Olympic Logo Scrapped
Sep 2, 2015
The logo for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Games ("Games") has been scrapped after accusations of plagiarism against designer Kenjiro Sano. A Belgian artist has complained that his desi...
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