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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 →

Industry insight: weekly news round up from the world of patent and trade mark law

Dawn Ellmore has noted some interesting cases this week…  Tiffany & Co v Costco Wholesale Corp – trade mark infringement Tiffany & Co has been granted the right to recover $11.1 million in lost profit (plus interest) and $8.25 million… Continue Reading →

Spotify to set up $43.45 Million Fund to Settle to Copyright Lawsuits

Swedish based music, podcast and video streaming service, Spotify which launched in 2008 recently announced it has agreed to set up a $43.45 million fund to settle a pair of US copyright lawsuits against the company from two indie songwritng… Continue Reading →

New Balance Wins China IP Lawsuit

New Balance Athletic Shoe Inc recently won an intellectual property dispute in China. Chinese manufacturers copy products but sell them with a slight modification of the brand name.  For the copied New Balance shoes, customers were faced with similar looking… Continue Reading →

Eminem Takes New Zealand Political Party to Copyright Trial

US-based music publishers for Eminem are suing New Zealand’s conservative National Party for alleged copyright infringement of the rapper’s 2002 acclaimed “Lose Yourself” used as the party’s successful soundtrack for a 2014 election campaign TV advert (entitled “Eminem Esque”) that… Continue Reading →

Ed Sheeran Settles Copyright Infringement Claim on Song ‘Photograph’

British singer song writer Ed Sheeran was recently reported to have settled a copyright infringement claim against him in the US worth $20m (£13.8m) with no admission of guilt. The infringement claim centred over Ed Sheeran’s 2014 song called ‘Photograph’… Continue Reading →

How Legal is Memorabilia Containing The Pope’s Image?

There seems to have been a recent increase in tourist souvenirs and other memorabilia containing the representation of The Pope.  Some reasons for this include the great popularity of Pope Francis (the 266th and current Pope of the Roman Catholic Church)… Continue Reading →

Disney’s Oscar Winning Film Zootopia Faces US Copyright Lawsuit

American film producer, director and animator Gary Goldman has filed a copyright lawsuit against Disney concerning their 3D film Zootopia which grossed more than $1 billion worldwide and won Best Animated Feature Film at the 2017 Oscars. Gary who has over… Continue Reading →

EUIPO Study Reveals Scale of Economic Impact of IPR Infringements

A recent joint study by the European Patent Office (EUIPO) and the European Observatory on infringements of Intellectual Property Rights found 42% of total economic activity and 28% of EU employment is generated by IPR-intensive industries.  The study estimated the… Continue Reading →

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