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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...
Names of Beyoncé Twins Revealed?
Jul 3, 2017
Amidst the speculation that Beyoncé gave birth to her twins in June the internet has been buzzing with rumours and theories behind what the twins could potentially be called. This ...
US Supreme Court Refuses To Intervene On Fair Use
Jun 23, 2017
In 2007, Stephanie Lenz, uploaded a video of her cute toddler dancing to Prince's 'Let's get crazy' onto YouTube. Lenz, however, was unaware of the repercussions this simple act wo...
Gene Simmons Trade Mark Gets Kiss Of Death
Jun 22, 2017
We have previously reported here on the news that KISS frontman, Gene Simmons, had applied to the U.S Patent and Trademark Office to obtain a trade mark over his 'devil horn' hand ...
Trump Nyets Russian Trade Mark Extensions
Jun 20, 2017
President Trump has faced repeated controversy over alleged ties to Russia and he has consistently maintained that he has no business links with Russia. It has emerged this week ho...
SONY Has A Sad Face Over Emoji Movie Dispute
Jun 13, 2017
This year, Sony Picture Studios, the American Entertainment Company, are planning on releasing a new film entitled 'The Emoji Movie'. For those of you not familiar with the term 'e...
Forever 21 escapes Puma injunctive relief
Jun 12, 2017
In 2016, Puma teamed up with popstar Rihanna to create a range of footwear named FENTY X PUMA. The footwear created in the collaboration included the 'creeper', the 'fur slide' and...
Spotify Settlement Is Music to Artist's Ears
Jun 5, 2017
Spotify, the music streaming service, has managed to wriggle its way out of a potentially crippling lawsuit regarding copyright infringement. In 2015, Spotify was sued after music...
Dunkin' Donuts Not So Sweet In Trade Mark Dispute
Jun 1, 2017
The US based donut and coffeehouse company Dunkin' Donuts, which operates from more than 11,300 locations worldwide, has sought to protect its slogan 'America Runs on Dunkin' from ...
Disney Hoping For A Happy Ending In Zootopia lawsuit
May 31, 2017
Esplanade Productions, the company owned by screenwriter and Hollywood veteran star Gary Goldman, filed a lawsuit against The Walt Disney company back in March 2017 alleging that W...
Uber Auto Drives Into Costly Google Dispute
May 26, 2017
In March, we reported on a new legal dispute between Waymo, a subsidiary of Google's parent company - Alphabet Inc, and Uber. The dispute arose after Waymo accused Uber of stealing...
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