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Bumble takes leftward swipe at Tinder
Mar 21, 2018
We reported here that Match Group (owners of Tinder) were suing competitor Bumble for infringement of patents, trade marks and trade dress, and accusing it of exploiting trade secr...
Match shows no love to Bumble in recent lawsuit
Mar 20, 2018
Tinder's parent company, Match Group, have brought an infringement case against their dating app competitor, Bumble. The Claimant is an American internet company that owns a large ...
Anime showings risk international copyright incident
Mar 19, 2018
Dragon Ball Super, for the uninitiated, is a hugely popular Japanese anime series written largely by Dragon Ball franchise creator Akira Toriyama. Its broadcast rights are owned b...
Fowl play in Nando's trademark dispute
Mar 16, 2018
Nando's have taken legal action to prevent a chicken shop in Reading from infringing its cockerel and chilli logos as well as its name. Fernando's, owned by Asam Aziz, has received...
Shoe manufacturer Crocs dealt a blow in the EU General court
Mar 15, 2018
Crocs, the comfortable anti-fashion shoe-maker, have been dealt a blow by the EU General Court. Its Community Design registration has been cancelled as the product was made availab...
Iron Maiden "Running Free" after settling copyright action
Mar 14, 2018
Iron Maiden have settled a copyright claim brought against them by songwriter Brian Quinn. Quinn, of Whitley Bay, had sued over what he alleged was infringing content in two songs....
Descendant of Frida Kahlo objects to special edition Barbie doll
Mar 13, 2018
There has been recent conflict between a relative of artist Frida Kahlo and Mattel, the toy maker, in relation to the rights to the image of the deceased artist. The toy manufactur...
Nike successfully defend their 'Jumpman' logo in the Court of Appeal
Mar 12, 2018
Photographer Jacobus Rentmeester has failed in his appeal against the 2015 decision of District Judge Michael Mosman in his case against Nike. The 2015 case centered around a 1984...
BlackBerry sues Facebook and subsidiaries over patent infringement
Mar 8, 2018
BlackBerry has lodged a claim against Facebook (and its Instagram and WhatsApp subsidiaries) for infringing patents used in its messaging technologies. The patents in question allo...
Photography pirates taken on a grand tour.... of the Olive Garden
Mar 7, 2018
We reported on 20 February the story of FlightSimLabs sneaking spyware on to its customers' computers in an attempt to catch a pirate. You can read that story here. A photographer...
Spotify's little-known history in Torrents
Mar 6, 2018
Torrents are (and have been for over a decade now) the predominant mode of file sharing for pirates. Users host files for download by others (seeding) and other users download tiny...
Google accused of patent infringement in "Siri" row
Mar 5, 2018
WiLAN, an intellectual property licensing company based in Canada and subsidiary of IPA Technologies Inc ("IPA"), has accused Google of infringement of six patents. The action was ...
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