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The Swift Life or SwiftLife?
Jul 27, 2018
US computer consulting company SwiftLife has filed a trademark infringement claim against singer Taylor Swift over a mobile app called "The Swift Life". Patrick Bénot, who owns Sw...
Four-finger confectionery? It's not distinctive.
Jul 25, 2018
The European Court of Justice has decided (finally) that Nestlé does not own the shape of its four-fingered Kit Kat. Nestlé has spent the best part of 15 years in the battle to tr...
Nintendo takes action over online emulators
Jul 23, 2018
In the internet age there has always been a demand for access to games and videos that pre-dated it. That demand is never higher than for retro games that populated our lives in th...
Rage Against rage against Farage
Jul 13, 2018
Rage Against The Machine ("Rage"), giants of global rock and metal, have accused Nigel Farage of intellectual property infringement over "brazen and unlawful" exploitation of their...
EU General Court rejects wine appeal
Jul 12, 2018
Enoitalia Spa ("ES"), an Italian wine company, has had its appeal rejected by the EU General Court. The court confirmed the EUIPO were right to invalidate the trademark 'Antonio Ru...
Saudi Arabia denies Wimbledon piracy claims
Jul 10, 2018
There have been several allegations recently of BeoutQ (a sports TV streaming service) infringing on the rights of beIN Media Group. We wrote previously of the piracy of FIFA World...
Copyright and plagiarism claims against "The Girls" author dismissed
Jul 9, 2018
Emma Cline, author of best-selling novel "The Girls" has had claims of copyright infringement against her dismissed in the US. District Judge William Orrick dismissed the allegatio...
Federer hopeful Nike will serve up its trademark
Jul 4, 2018
Roger Federer signed to the Nike brand in 1994 as a promising youngster. It couldn't have been known at the time that he would go on to become inarguably the best tennis player of ...
Artist sculpting a copyright infringement claim against Tesla
Jul 3, 2018
The chief executive of Tesla has been accused of using an artist's copyrighted image without permission. Elon Musk has been criticised on Twitter for appropriating Tom Edward's ima...
Ed Sheeran sued over Gaye copying claim - again
Jun 29, 2018
Two frequent fliers in copyright claims have finally collided: Ed Sheeran is facing a copyright claim over alleged misuse of a Marvin Gaye song. Sheeran has faced several claims in...
Player Unknown gives up on Fortnite
Jun 28, 2018
We have previously reported on Player Unknown's Battlegrounds' ("PUBG") lawsuit against Epic Games over the alleged copyright infringements in the game Fortnite. You can read the o...
EU General Court says Ralph Lauren mark 'Polo' has enhanced distinctiveness
Jun 20, 2018
It has been confirmed by the EU General Court that Ralph Lauren's word mark 'Polo' has enhanced distinctiveness as the result of an opposition that was first filed three years ago ...
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