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The Tetris Puzzle: How to Stop Copycat Game Publishers in Their Tracks

The much-loved video game Tetris was first published on 6th June 1984 and, as with anything that gains popularity, many copycat versions have appeared over the years. In this article, Dawn Ellmore Employment takes a look at the history of… Continue Reading →

Haven’t I Seen You Somewhere Before? A Look at Supermarket Copycat Branding

With the recent splash of publicity regarding supermarket copycat branding, brought about after Aldi incurred the wrath of Marks & Spencer’s legal team after releasing their “Cuthbert the Caterpillar” cake, in this blog article Dawn Ellmore Employment looks back over… Continue Reading →

How a photographer is taking on Prince’s estate over copyright infringement

Luke Rehbein, Associate Director at Dawn Ellmore Employment, on the story of how a photographer is taking on Prince’s estate over copyright infringement  In a copyright story with a twist, a photographer is taking the late singer Prince’s estate to court…. Continue Reading →

Disney Awarded Damages by Chinese Court Following Copyright Win for Film “Cars”

Disney and Pixar Animation were recently awarded damages by a Shanghai court after ruling that a Chinese-made film called “The Autobots” infringed copyright of Disney’s film “Cars”.  The infringing film, released in July 2015, had grossed the equivalent of $863,000. Chinese producer Bluemtv and… Continue Reading →

LinkedIn Files Lawsuit to Stop Unlawful Automatic Data Scraping

The professional networking company LinkedIn recently filed a lawsuit against 100 unnamed individuals for using automated software programs (or “bots”) to harvest user profiles from its website. The lawsuit is a preliminary step to revealing the identities of the scrapers — LinkedIn intends… Continue Reading →

Warner Bros. Awarded $2.6 Million Damages in US Legal Copyright Victory

The recent result upheld a ruling from a decade old copyright case involving images from the classic movies “The Wizard of Oz” and “Gone with the Wind,” as well as several “Tom and Jerry” shorts. The background to the case was… Continue Reading →

Recent Survey Confirms Intellectual Property is Good for the European Economy

A second EU-wide study was recently published by the European Patent Office (EPO) and the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).  The study concerned the impact of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) (i.e. patents, trade marks, designs, copyright) on the European economy… Continue Reading →

Benefits of the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court

You can use the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) if you are involved in a dispute about intellectual property covering copyright, patents, registered designs and registered trade marks. The IPEC provides a cost effective arena for intellectual property claims, as… Continue Reading →

UK and China Instigate Closer IP Partnership

Baroness Neville-Rolfe, UK Minister of State for Energy and Intellectual Property conducted an IP delegation between 20-27 August 2016 in China to reinforce UK and China IP collaboration to support innovation and creativity in both countries. Agreements and initiatives observed… Continue Reading →

EU Expands Copyright to Furniture and Extends Term by a Century

The UK government has extended copyright for designs from 25 years to the life of designer plus 70 years.  This follows a decision in the European Union, where member states are required to adhere to such an order. This change… Continue Reading →

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