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The latest updates and breaking news on Intellectual Property from around the world
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Copyright in tattoos… on a computer game?
Apr 5, 2018
Solid Oak Sketches ("SOS") acquired an exclusive license covering tattoo art on various (high profile) NBA stars from their respective tattoo artists. In 2016 it began proceedings ...
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 ...
EU Content Rules to change on Easter Sunday
Mar 28, 2018
Travellers often complain of the restrictions on the use of subscription based streaming and on-demand content when abroad. New "content portability" regulations aim to address tha...
Retail giants rail against US-China tariffs
Mar 27, 2018
Walmart and 24 other retail giants have spoken out against President Trump's tariffs on Chinese imports in to the USA. The Retail Industry Leaders Association ("RILA") has claimed ...
Unofficial Swedish subtitling to end
Mar 26, 2018
The Court of Appeal in Sweden has held that the unlicensed creation of subtitles for films and TV shows is an infringement of copyright in those films and TV shows. While producti...
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...
Google accused of patent infringement in "Siri" row
Mar 5, 2018
WiLAN, an intellectual property licensing company based in Canada and subsidiary of IPA Technologies Inc ("IPA"), has accused Google of infringement of six patents. The action was ...
US driven change to Swiss copyright legislation
Mar 1, 2018
In late 2017 Switzerland proposed a new draft bill on copyright, which offers a more robust approach to copyright infringement. A part of that law is that an internet service provi...
BBC successfully defends Californian copyright claim
Feb 27, 2018
In November 2017 Carsey-Werner sued the BBC for infringing its copyright in The Cosby Show by broadcasting a documentary entitled "Bill Cosby – Fall of an American Icon" in the pre...
Germany lends uncertainty to the Unified Patent Court
Feb 26, 2018
On 13 February we published the news that the Unified Patent Court ("UPC") would be given an exemption in the severance of ties with the European Union post-Brexit. It is now possi...
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