Chinese copycats lose court case against Toymaker Lego

IP10158 "Lego has won another case against imitators in China where copies of its colorful plastic toy bricks and figures have been a recurrent problem, the Danish toymaker said on Monday. 




"We believe these decisions are well-founded in the facts and the law, and clearly demonstrate the …


Leena Contarino joins HGF Basel Office


Press release HGF: "HGF are pleased to announce further growth of the team in the Basel office with the arrival of Leena Contarino who joined the firm’s Basel office as a Partner on Thursday 1st November 2018.


Leena has considerable experience in inventions related to proteins, nucleic acids, diagnostics …


HBO responds to 'Game of Thrones' tweet Donald Trump

IP10156 "HBO isn't happy that President Donald Trump used "Game of Thrones" imagery and language to promote sanctions against Iran. An image of Trump posted Friday featured a text overlay reading "Sanctions are coming." The font of the text is a near-match of the style used in HBO's mega-popular fantasy television …


The Impact of Brexit on Unitary Patent Protection and its Court


Matthias Lamping and Hanns Ullrich, Max Planck Institute for Innovation & Competition, Research Paper no. 18-20 "The Impact of Brexit on Unitary Patent Protection and its Court", 30 August 2018


Abstract: "Many in the patent law community hope to overcome the disruptive effects the withdrawal of the UK from …


Beyoncé v Feyoncé: parties moving toward settlement negotiations

IP10154 "One month after a federal judge denied Beyoncé’s request for an injunction in her trademark infringement lawsuit against a Texas company selling “Feyoncé” merchandise, the parties have informed the court they are moving toward settlement negotiations.


In 2016, Beyoncé sued the defendants, …


Dispute between dating apps Tinder and Bumble about who owns 'the swipe'

IP10153  "In dueling lawsuits, Match, which owns Tinder, alleges that Bumble stole Tinder's intellectual property. Bumble says those claims are bogus, designed to drive down Bumble's worth and "poison Bumble in the investment market," according to Bumble's lawsuit.

The dispute between the two companies illustrates …


Trade mark claim for specific shade of purple filed by Prince's estate

IP10152 "The estate of late musician Prince has reportedly filed a claim to trademark a particular shade of the colour purple.  If successful film and music producers could be banned from using it.  


Prince and his estate are famously protective of their copyrighted material. In 2016, Universal …


Opinion AG CJEU: no copyright protection for a simple military report

Pending Case law

Copyright. Case C-469/17 Funke Medien NRW GmbH v Federal Republic of Germany. Opinion Szpunar.


From the press release: " According to Advocate General Szpunar, a simple military report cannot enjoy copyright protection. First, such a report does not satisfy the requirements in order to be treated as a work …


YouTube CEO: new Copyright Directive threatens hundreds of thousands of jobs


According to YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, article 13 of the new Copyright Directive threatens hundreds of thousands of jobs. "Article 13 as written threatens to shut down the ability of millions of people -- from creators like you to everyday users -- to upload content to platforms like YouTube. …


Marques EU judges meeting on 18 January 2019 in Amsterdam


Marques: “MARQUES is hosting its first European Judges Meeting in Amsterdam on 18 January 2019.


Following the popularity of national judges meetings, which have been organised by MARQUES all over the world, this new one-day event will bring together IP-specialist judges and practitioners from across Europe to …


Little Trees Air Fresheners sues Balenciaga for copyright infringement


Vogue: "(...) Nearly two months after Balenciaga was sued by City Merchandise Incfor copyright infringement over its New York tote, the company has once again found itself in hot water over its new leather tree-shaped key rings. 

According to TMZ, Car-Freshner Corporation, the company that owns the rights to …


China establishes Trademark Office to protect intellectual property of domestic businesses


Sixth tone: ''China’s first trademark office for helping domestic businesses protect their intellectual property overseas was established Wednesday in Shanghai, according to business news outlet Jiemian.

The Shanghai Trademark Overseas Protection Office will support Chinese companies in international copyright …


According to reports, Hailey Baldwin filed an application to register the trademark for the name "Hailey Bieber"


elite daily: '"The world has one question for Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin: Are you married or not? My god. The mystery is doing my head in. But what Hailey Baldwin just did could hint at their current relationship status. Hailey Baldwin filed to trademark Justin Bieber's last name, according to a report by TMZ. …


The owner of an internet connection cannot be exonerated from liability for copyright infringements by naming a family member who might have had access to that connection

IPPT20181018, CJEU, Bastei Lubbe

Copyright - Article 8(1) and (2) of the Copyright Directive read in conjunction with Article 3(1) thereof, and Article 3(2) of the Enforcement Directive must be interpreted as precluding national legislation under which the owner of an internet connection used for copyright infringements through file-sharing cannot be …


No risk of confusion between mark with four crossed lines and Asics figurative mark

IPPT20181016, GCEU, Asics v EUIPO

Trade Mark LawThe action is dismissed. The Board of Appeal found correctly that there was no visual similarity between the marks, because the overall impression given by the marks at issue is so different that the consumer will not make a connection between the signs at issue solely on the basis that they are both …

Courtesy of Bram Woltering and Peter Claassen, AKD

Richard Prince blames his iPhone in copyright case


Page Six: "Controversial artist Richard Prince is back in court for an ongoing copyright case over two photographs used in his 2014 “New Portraits” series that were taken by artists Donald Graham and Eric McNatt. Prince — who took the images from Instagram and printed them largely unaltered with a comment he …


Colin Kaepernick wants to trademark an image of his face and hair


CNBC International: " [...] Fans could be able to buy t-shirts, shampoo and even candles featuring a black and white image of the athlete and activist with a beard, mustache and afro hairstyle, which he has applied to trademark. Kaepernick's company, Inked Flash, has applied to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office …


Walmart files patent for carts that track your heart rate


Popular Mechanics: " [...] The grocery chain filed a patent in August for a shopping cart that monitors various biometric signals, like a customer's body temperature, heart rate and tightness of grip on the handle. According to the patent titled System And Method For Biometric Feedback Cart Handle, the data would be …


Draft Council Conclusions on the EU Customs Action Plan to Combat IPR Infringements for the Years 2018 to 2022.


Press Release: "The EU Customs Action Plan to combat IPR infringements for the years 2018-2022 is attached. A roadmap will be prepared by the Commission in co-operation with Member States experts to define the actions and tools to be deployed within an agreed timeframe, taking into account the financial and human …


Advocate General: Distribution right in Copyright Directive includes t-shirts in storage away from store

Pending Case law

Case C-572/17. Syed. Preliminary questions. Högsta domstolen (Sweden).


Preliminary questions in a procedure regarding the unauthorised sale of t-shirts with logo’s of rock bands and artists. The shirts were placed in the store itself as well as in a storage elsewhere.  The Swedish Surpreme courts questions …