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Intellectual Property News
The latest updates and breaking news on Intellectual Property from around the world
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Microsoft changes stance on Open Source Software
Oct 15, 2018
For decades Microsoft has fought to protect its intellectual property and interests by refusing to assist in the freeing of source materials to allow third parties to develop appli...
Qatar accuses Saudi Arabia of endorsing IP violations
Oct 3, 2018
Qatar's Minister of Economy and Commerce has made a filing at the World Trade Organization accusing Saudi Arabia of significant and sustained violation of intellectual property rig...
Twitter's terms and conditions gutted in Paris
Oct 2, 2018
The Tribunal de Grande Instance ("Paris Tribunal") has meticulously cleared out unfair terms and conditions imposed on users by Twitter. As we all know, nobody reads the terms and ...
Stairway to Heaven's opening riff causing a stir
Oct 1, 2018
The trustee of the music estate of late guitarist Randy Wolfe has been granted permission to have a California court reconsider whether Stairway to Heaven's opening riff is a breac...
Reddit joins the fight against piracy
Sep 26, 2018
As we have reported in the past, Reddit is a user-submission based site made up of 'sub-reddits' or 'subs' focussed on different topics. There is one for sharing pictures of cute c...
Weetabix sidelined by Weet-bix in New Zealand
Sep 25, 2018
A British shop in New Zealand called 'A Little Bit of Britain' has lost its battle against breakfast cereal producer Sanitarium. We previously reported the story here in August 201...
Twitch.tv blocked in China
Sep 24, 2018
We have written here before about the uprising of streaming service Twitch, which although originally aimed at the online gaming and e-sports market, has since branched out in to a...
City of London Police win IP Enforcement Award
Sep 20, 2018
The City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit ("PIPCU") has been given the Intellectual Property Champions Award for Excellence in Enforcement by the US Chamber of Com...
Makeup artist smacks her lips before copyright litigation
Sep 18, 2018
Ukrainian makeup artist Vlada Haggerty has filed a copyright infringement claim against American fashion retailer Guess at the US District Court in California. She has accused the ...
Showing image rights the red card
Sep 7, 2018
When we think of image rights disputes we often think of a super-rich celebrity (often an athlete) being prevented from fully exploiting their own likeness due to a conflicting con...
Monkey business clogging up the courts
Sep 5, 2018
We earlier reported on the plight of Naruto and the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit's decision that as a macaque monkey he could not own copyright. You can read that arti...
Circles and squares and apostrophes thwart Vodafone
Aug 31, 2018
One of the most significant differences in copyright law between the UK and US is that while copyright protection arises automatically in UK, in the US an application has to be mad...
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