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Disney Pixar win dismissal of Inside Out copyright case: but it might be back
Feb 2, 2018
Disney Pixar's hit mental health positive film Inside Out was copied from "the Moodsters": or so goes the claim by Denise Daniels, a child development expert who specialises in soc...
The Merckiest depths of social media
Jan 24, 2018
The long running litigation between Merck KGaA ("Merck Global") and Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp & Others ("Merck US") over the disputed mark MERCK and the targeting of websites at the...
The Eagles vs Hotel California ends in Peaceful Easy Feeling
Jan 22, 2018
A dispute between The Eagles and a Mexican hotel has been settled. Last year, the Eagles issued a lawsuit to stop the hotel from calling itself Hotel California. Hotel California i...
IP Crime Report highlights challenge of internet infringers
Oct 26, 2017
The UK Intellectual Property Office has published its IP Crime and Enforcement report for 2016-2017 (the Report). The Report explains the current challenges and threats posed by in...
Morrisons in court over data breach
Oct 10, 2017
Supermarket chain Morrisons is in court this week faced with a lawsuit brought by thousands of current and former employees over a data breach which occurred in 2014. The personal...
Spinal Tap creators' claim against Vivendi to proceed to trial
Oct 3, 2017
Last year we reported on This is Spinal Tap co-creator Harry Shearer's claim against Vivendi in respect of merchandising income apportioned to the four creators up until 2006. That...
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...
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...
Lumen links land Google into trouble
Jun 15, 2017
The Higher Regional Court of Munich has issued an injunction against Google to stop the search engine linking users to the Lumen database. Lumen collects data relating to legal com...
Forever 21 escapes Puma injunctive relief
Jun 12, 2017
In 2016, Puma teamed up with popstar Rihanna to create a range of footwear named FENTY X PUMA. The footwear created in the collaboration included the 'creeper', the 'fur slide' and...
A shock result for the Tartan Army
Feb 20, 2017
The Scottish Court of Session in Tartan Army Ltd v Sett GmbH and Others  CSOH 22 has held that the claimant's allegations of trademark infringement and passing off were not s...
E-lending: one book one user
Nov 10, 2016
The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has today held in Vereniging Openbare Bibliotheken v Stichting Leenrecht that libraries should be allowed to lend out digital copi...
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