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The latest updates and breaking news on Intellectual Property from around the world
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Photographer snaps success at the European Court of Justice
Aug 8, 2018
German photographer Dirk Renckhoff has recently succeeded in his claim against a German high school at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for copyright infringement. A student at ...
What's in a hyphen?
Aug 2, 2018
That is the question that Mr Justice David Gendall of the High Court of New Zealand will now have to consider. The case concerns the well-known (in the UK) British breakfast cerea...
It's August: that means Christmas!
Aug 1, 2018
As we reach the peak of summer we can look forward with excitement to the festive period with a little yuletide copyright litigation. Late last month photographer Lance Knowles fi...
UEFA Blocking Injunction extended
Jul 30, 2018
We reported recently that Mr Justice Arnold had extended the Premier League blocking injunction requiring Internet Service Providers ("ISPs") to disable access to illegal streams ...
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 ...
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