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The latest updates and breaking news on Intellectual Property from around the world
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The Rubik's Cube Solved
Nov 11, 2016
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has held that the shape of the multi coloured three - dimensional Rubik's Cube cannot be protected by trademark, but could be protected by paten...
Ziggy Fails To Hit Stardust In Internet Meme Case
Nov 3, 2016
An Australian teenager is hoping to turn his internet humiliation into cash following a picture of him going viral. Ali Ziggi Mosslamni, known as "Ziggy" to his friends, became the...
Importance Of Name Brands In Fashion Industry Highlighted
Nov 1, 2016
Background In a recent decision the General Court of the European Union has upheld two decisions made by the Board of Appeal in relation to an opposition made to a figurative tra...
Hotel Room Televisions and Rental and Licensing Rights
Oct 26, 2016
In a recent and ongoing case, Attorney General (AG) Szpunar has offered his opinion in a reference for a preliminary ruling on whether hotel rooms come within the meaning of "place...
The Lucasfilm Empire Strikes Back Against US Dance Group
Oct 20, 2016
Lucasfilm and its new owner, the Walt Disney Company, own the intellectual property relating to all of the Star Wars films. Walt Disney Company in particular is famously protectiv...
Spinal Tap Co-Creator Brings Claim Against Vivendi
Oct 19, 2016
Harry Shearer, actor and star in This is Spinal Tap, an 80s rock mockumentary, has brought a legal claim against media multinational conglomerate Vivendi over the level of merchand...
Timing Of Chinese Factory Visit Causes Waves Over Development Of Similar Machine
Oct 11, 2016
The owners of an innovative Scottish wave power company (Pelamis Wave Power) were surprised when personal computers were stolen from their headquarters not long after an official v...
Implications of Brexit on Data Protection
Oct 7, 2016
You will probably have noticed a trend when reading or talking about what Brexit is likely to bring that nobody knows, to any degree of certainty, what Brexit will entail. However,...
EU Sets Its Sights On YouTube
Sep 15, 2016
The EU Commission has announced its plans to amend and harmonise EU copyright law. The President of the European Union, Jean-Claude Juncker announced the proposals in his 'State o...
Groundless Threats, Intellectual Property Rights and Europe
Aug 31, 2016
In the case of Tech 21 UK Ltd v Logitech Europe S.A.  EWHC 2614 (Ch), the High Court in London handed down a judgment addressing its jurisdiction to hear cases to its for gro...
What impact will Brexit have on EU Trade Marks?
Aug 11, 2016
We have previously reported on the possible impact of Brexit on Intellectual Property (IP), most recently on 8 August 2016 following the publication of a (short) guidance note by t...
Part of Kering's Counterfeit Claim Against Alibaba Dismissed
Aug 10, 2016
A US Judge has dismissed part of a claim relating to the sale of counterfeit goods brought against Alibaba by various brands, including Gucci and YSL, owned by Kering SA. The part ...
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