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After Brexit: UK Patent Facts and Future

All it took was one referendum, but now the relationship between intellectual property law in the United Kingdom and its European neighbors is in limbo. The Intellectual Property Office of the United Kingdom (IPO) has tried to calm things down by releasing an official statement on the implications of Brexit on the...

Big Brands Use UK Trademark Law to Fight Counterfeit Goods Sold Online

Five major Internet service providers (ISPs) have been ordered to block access to websites responsible for trademark infringement in Cartier and Another v. British Telecommunications and Others (Cartier II). The UK ruling provides stronger protection for brands who try to stop the sale of counterfeit goods over the...

Dirty Dilution: District Court to Reconsider Lions Gate Infringement Claim

Can a throwaway line in a nearly 30-year-old movie be considered a trademark? And can an advertiser jokingly referring to it “dilute” the film studio’s trademark? Hollywood studio Lions Gate  and advertiser Havas (with its client TD Ameritrade) are set to find out. A California District Court has agreed to...

Alice strikes again: Amazon gets Appistry’s Patents Ruled Invalid

The crackdown in US courts on software and process patents that try to secure intellectual property rights on very common ideas and concepts continues. The Western District Court of Washington recently agreed with Amazon.com’s demand that an IP infringement case brought against the retailer should be dismissed,...

Off Season is Looking Bright for HBO: District Court Dismisses Case Against Creators of “Ballers”

Football, drama, and scripts: these elements all factor into a charge of copyright infringement against Home Box Office, Inc. In late June, California District Court dismissed a claim of copyright infringement against the creators of “Ballers,” an HBO television series about a retired football player who offers...

LifeTech and Worldwide Liability: US Supreme Court Grants Certiorari on Infringement Case

On June 27, the US Supreme Court declared that it will look at whether shipping a single non-infringing component from the States would make the supplier of that component liable for international damages under US law, should that component be used in an infringing composition outside the US. This announcement...

To Transmit or to Retransmit: Norway’s Supreme Court Rules on Nature of Broadcasted Content

Recently, the Supreme Court of Norway ruled that a cable TV distributor had not retransmitted broadcasts after it received encrypted content and broadcasted said content to the public. The decision in Norwaco v. Get AS (HR-2016-00562-A) potentially undermines the place of umbrella organizations and collecting...

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