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The latest updates and breaking news on Intellectual Property from around the world
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Artist sculpting a copyright infringement claim against Tesla
Jul 3, 2018
The chief executive of Tesla has been accused of using an artist's copyrighted image without permission. Elon Musk has been criticised on Twitter for appropriating Tom Edward's ima...
Ed Sheeran sued over Gaye copying claim - again
Jun 29, 2018
Two frequent fliers in copyright claims have finally collided: Ed Sheeran is facing a copyright claim over alleged misuse of a Marvin Gaye song. Sheeran has faced several claims in...
Player Unknown gives up on Fortnite
Jun 28, 2018
We have previously reported on Player Unknown's Battlegrounds' ("PUBG") lawsuit against Epic Games over the alleged copyright infringements in the game Fortnite. You can read the o...
EU General Court says Ralph Lauren mark 'Polo' has enhanced distinctiveness
Jun 20, 2018
It has been confirmed by the EU General Court that Ralph Lauren's word mark 'Polo' has enhanced distinctiveness as the result of an opposition that was first filed three years ago ...
FIFA takes decisive action against broadcast pirate
Jun 19, 2018
More World Cup news for you today, as FIFA have announced that it is taking preventative action to disable a pirate channel from illegally streaming World Cup matches in the Middle...
Counterfeit World Cup merchandise seized in Hong Kong
Jun 18, 2018
Hong Kong Customs has seized more than HK$15 million (£1.4m) worth of counterfeit FIFA World Cup merchandise in the last two months under the authorities' appropriately named 'Oper...
Samsung signs licensing agreement with Hera Wireless
Jun 8, 2018
Samsung has ended a long legal battle with Sisvel Group, by entering in to a licensing agreement with its subsidiary Hera Wireless ("Hera"). Samsung will now have unfettered use o...
Handelsgericht gives surprise YouTube judgment
Jun 7, 2018
There has been much debate in recent years as to whether websites that host user-submitted content should be liable for intellectual property infringements committed by the display...
Don't say Velcro, says Velcro.
Jun 6, 2018
Last year Velcro released a music video (here) urging people to use the correct name for 'hook and loop' fastening systems. It has now followed that up with another video, sung by...
Whirlpool in a spin
Jun 5, 2018
Whirlpool is suing an alleged counterfeiter over goods that is says infringe one of its patents and are sold under its trademarks. Whirlpool alleges that Pricebreak is using tradem...
Could GDPR hinder access to information critical to enforcing intellectual property rights?
Jun 1, 2018
This is the question being asked by intellectual property lawyers across Europe after the directive came in to force last week. You may have noticed fewer spam emails this week, af...
Moonwalking all over Disney
May 31, 2018
The Michael Jackson Estate ("the Estate") is suing the Walt Disney Company ("Disney") and ABC for unauthorised use of dozens of copyrighted works. The use relates to the Disney pro...
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