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The latest updates and breaking news on Intellectual Property from around the world
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China announces it will tighten IP practices
Aug 25, 2017
China has long been known as the land of knock-offs and counterfeit goods, and we have reported on its practices concerning the theft of intellectual property before. Earlier artic...
Trade marks: balancing cost and protection of your brand
Aug 24, 2017
American manufacturer New Balance, known particularly well for its trainers in the UK, was recently awarded around £1.2 million in a trade mark infringement case in China, followin...
Toblerone sues Poundland over 'Twin Peaks'
Aug 22, 2017
We reported on Toblerone's change of shape in 2016 here. Poundland recently announced the launch of its newest chocolate product, Twin Peaks. Modelez, owner of Toberlone, has issue...
Could Google Lose Its Trade Mark?
Aug 21, 2017
An interesting case is currently before the US Supreme Court concerning the question of whether the term 'google' is now so generic that it is not capable of trade mark protection....
Atari and KitKat to break it down in court
Aug 18, 2017
Atari has issued proceedings in the US against Nestlé relating to intellectual property in one of its historic games. The claim relates to Atari's game "Breakout", a famous comput...
Van Morrison challenged by ex-professional wrestler
Aug 17, 2017
The cover image for Van Morrison's newest album, 'Roll With The Punches', features an image of Billy Two Rivers (the Image), a Canadian born ex-professional wrestler. In addition t...
Costco Tiffany trade mark infringement
Aug 16, 2017
Further details have emerged this week regarding the multi-million pound lawsuit between US wholesaler Costco and luxury jewellery retailer Tiffany & Co. (Tiffany). Tiffany sued C...
US to review China's intellectual property practices
Aug 15, 2017
In May 2017 we reported on rising tensions between US and China over intellectual property (IP) issues, the full article can be read here. In that article, we explained how the Am...
Roger in murky waters over copyright
Aug 14, 2017
The launch of former Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters' new album, "Is this the life we really want?", has been interrupted in Italy after the album cover was found to constitute cop...
Lord Neuberger seeks clarity over CJEU decisions post-Brexit
Aug 10, 2017
The President of the Supreme Court Lord Neuberger has said the UK government will need to clarify how decisions of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) should be inter...
Baby Driver producers sued over copyright
Aug 9, 2017
In June 2017, Baby Driver, a film about a getaway driver with a love of music was released in cinemas worldwide. Since its release, the film has received rave reviews and become on...
Copyright in a tweet?
Aug 4, 2017
According to Rolling Stone online, the author of a tweet is negotiating compensation from a t-shirt seller who sold t-shirts bearing the text of his tweet. Brandon Male tweeted "W...
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