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The latest updates and breaking news on Intellectual Property from around the world
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Moonwalking all over Disney
May 31, 2018
The Michael Jackson Estate ("the Estate") is suing the Walt Disney Company ("Disney") and ABC for unauthorised use of dozens of copyrighted works. The use relates to the Disney pro...
Film producers cross Sesame Street
May 30, 2018
STX Productions, the company producing the upcoming film Happytime Murders, is facing a lawsuit from Sesame Workshop, the creators of the famous children's TV show Sesame Street. S...
Apple v Samsung concluded: for now
May 25, 2018
We previously reported that Apple and Samsung's legal battle over infringement of US design patents in the original iPhone was not yet over. A US jury has now determined the sum t...
Script to sue James Arthur over copyright infringement
May 24, 2018
Richard Busch, the intellectual property lawyer who acted for the estate of Marvin Gaye in the "Blurred Lines" dispute, is now representing Irish band The Script in a claim against...
The Sweet Smell of Success
May 23, 2018
Hasbro, the American multinational toy maker, has successfully trade marked the scent of one of their most popular products, Play- Doh. In February 2017, the company filed its appl...
"Slabgate" escalates but proceedings may be some way off
May 22, 2018
In an intellectual property rights battle playing out on social media, Hotel Chocolat has accused Waitrose of infringing its IP rights by selling a new range of chocolates. Angus ...
Jessica Alba fails in UK trademark opposition
May 21, 2018
Jessica Alba's ethical household products business, The Honest Company, has failed to prevent the registration of the mark "Honestly Hope" by the cosmetics brand of the same name. ...
Court walks backwards and forwards in trainer dispute
May 18, 2018
Circuit Judge Jacqueline Nguyen delivered a contradictory verdict for Adidas in their case against Sketchers at the US District Court for the District of Oregon, Portland Division....
Tinder and Tantan have finally matched on a settlement
May 16, 2018
Parent of Tinder, Match Group has filed a stipulation of dismissal against Chinese rival Tantan at the US District Court for the Western District of Texas. The complaint, that Matc...
Dre v Drai US trade mark battle is over
May 9, 2018
In 2015 Dr Draion M Burch sought to trademark the name "Dr Drai" for use in his business selling audio books and seminars on gynaecology. Distinguished rapper, entrepreneur and mus...
You Can't Do That: says judge in Beatles trade mark dispute
May 8, 2018
Apple Corps (a music company founded to look after the interests of the Beatles and no relation of Apple Inc,) has won a permanent injunction against counterfeiters who were profit...
Design patent issues for the future of trucking
May 3, 2018
A lawsuit has been filed in the US District Court for the District of Arizona against Tesla in respect of its planned new electric lorry, the Tesla Semi. Nikola, a designer and ma...
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