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Universal Music and Capital Records Clip the Wings of IFP in Copyright Infringement Case
May 5, 2016
Inflight Productions (IFP) and its parent company Global Eagle provided inflight entertainment services to American Airlines (later US Airlines). In a recent decision they were f...
Washington Redskins on the Offensive in Trademark Dispute
Apr 27, 2016
National Football League club the Washington Redskins have filed an application in the Supreme Court of the United States asking the Supreme Court to hear the club's high-profile t...
BMW in Pole Position in Trademark Dispute
Apr 21, 2016
BMW has been partly successful in a trademark and passing off claim in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) against Technosport London Limited (TLL). Background TTL ...
Kendrick Lamar Lost for Original Lyrics in Latest Copyright Infringement Action
Apr 19, 2016
Grammy-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar is facing a lawsuit for copyright infringement over allegedly stealing a song. According to the complaint, the rapper is being sued for using ...
Grand Theft Auto Producer Claims Grand Theft of Royalties
Apr 13, 2016
The former president of Rockstar Games, the multi-national video games developer, has brought a claim against his former employer. Leslie Benzies, former president of Rockstar Nor...
Un-'Pheasant' Surprise for Jack Wills in Trade Mark Infringement Damages Award
Apr 12, 2016
A recent case, Jack Wills Ltd v House of Fraser (Stores) Ltd on the amount that may be awarded on an account of profits offers welcome guidance on what may be taken into account in...
Watch Your Mouth - Oral Agreements and Variations
Apr 5, 2016
In a recent case (JAS Financial Products LLP v ICAP Plc  EWHC 591) the High Court held that no legally binding agreement was entered into in the course of oral discussions re...
Can a Child be a "BIMBO"? General Court Decides in Trademark Dispute
Mar 29, 2016
A Mexican company has had its application for an EU TM turned down on the basis that it had a descriptive meaning. Background In case T-33/15 Grupo Bimbo (in French and Spanish o...
Copyright Infringement - 'Stumped' By 8 Second Clip of Cricket Match
Mar 24, 2016
On 18 March 2016, Mr Justice Arnold issued a judgement in England And Wales Cricket Board Ltd & Anor v Tixdaq Ltd & Anor which concerned whether there could be copyright infringeme...
More than 'Meats' the Eye in Trade Mark Opposition
Mar 17, 2016
Background P.G. Nikas S.A. was founded in 1967 and is based in Attica, Greece. The company sells cured meats under the brand name 'NIKAS'. Panagiotis G. Nikas founded the company...
Lid Firmly Closed in Trunki Suitcase Design Case
Mar 10, 2016
We reported on this case in November 2015 (see "When is a Trunki not a Trunki? When it's a Kidee case of course") after the Court of Appeal disagreed with the High Court and ruled ...
Apple Sent 'Home' Without a Trade Mark for iPhone Home Button
Mar 3, 2016
The Federal Administrative Court in Switzerland recently agreed with the Swiss Intellectual Property Office that Apple's iPhone home button should be refused trade mark registratio...
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