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IPPro The Internet
Vladimir Biriulin of Gorodissky discusses the technical knowledge that the Russian IP Court has developed over its four-year tenure
With EU copyright reforms coming to a head, Barney Dixon speaks to Raegan MacDonald to see how the landscape has changed in recent months
Le Quang Vinh of Bross & Partners examines the substantive changes to criminal law in Vietnam that promise to rein in counterfeiting and piracy
As EU copyright reform continues, publishers are insisting the press publisher’s right will be good for business and won’t harm consumers. Angela Mills Wade of the European Publishers Council explains
ECTA’s copyright committee was formed in response to the modernisation of the EU’s approach to copyright. Chair Dr Christian Freudenberg tells Mark Dugdale what this has meant in practice
ECTA has ramped up its efforts to ensure that IP rights are heard in Brexit negotiations. But this isn’t all the trademark association has been up to in the past year, as Ruta Olmane explains
William Dyer III and Bea Koempel-Thomas of Lee & Hayes examine TC Heartland v Kraft and the arguments put forward in support of each party
As Brexit negotiations begin, it is still unclear where trademarks fit in. But, with two years to get a good deal, the UK government needs to consider all aspects
Rights holders that want to protect their valuable intellectual property have to be willing to change
Alternative dispute resolution mechanisms are not being used to their full potential, according to IPzen’s Julia Cytrynbaum
India's copyright societies are subject to interim measures that boost transparency. DPS Parmar and Aniruddh Singh of LexOrbis report
Courts are wrestling with the legal definition of users of social networks. Nathalie Dreyfus examines how they have done so far
The BRICS IP Forum and the IP Summit allowed intellectual property professionals to reflect on a topsy-turvy 2016, and hope for a simpler 2017
Experts discuss what brands can do to protect their trademarks online during the Cyber Monday sales, with fakes widely available
TM Cloud’s Practice Guide is the latest addition to a system that can help brands achieve robust protection in a world reliant on brand power
Laura Ganoza, Julie McGinnis and Jeffrey Greene of Foley & Lardner examine Star Athletica v Varsity Brands and the copyrightability of elements of useful articles
Vladimir Biriulin of Gorodissky & Partners explains how Russia’s court system effectively deals with trademark disputes
Yeşim Metin of Destek Patent assesses prior use rights in Turkey
Joe Alagna of 101domain provides a round-up of a successful TMAP 2016
Partner Fábio Leme and associate Nelsa Barroso of Daniel Advogados compare the registration process of 3D trademarks in Brazil and France
It is vital for IP rights owners that their trademarks and brands are being monitored and protected at all times. IPzen’s Ava Kammer explains
A light-touch informative conversation can accomplish a lot more than a traditional law firm ‘nastygram’ or impersonal take-down notice
With new gTLDs a reality, the real work has begun
Tingxi Huo and Zhanqing Tang discuss the strange case of a trademark office approving a third party’s application for the patent office’s logo
US IPR Center director Bruce Foucart reviews the progress that his agency and its partners have made in the fight against intellectual property infringement
Tech startup Blockai’s novel approach to protection and enforcement promises to “democratise” copyright for artists whose rights have been misappropriated
Yu-Li Tsai of Deep & Far examines how damages are calculated in patent infringement litigation in Taiwan
A recent amendment will make costly annulments a thing of the past. Gilberto Sanchez, partner at SPECyF, explains
IPzen’s Ava Kammer considers the benefits of working in the cloud
The Calcutta High Court recently ruled that only the owner of a trademark can sue for its infringement. Lucy Rana and Bijit Das SS Rana & Co report
During a tumultuous week that saw the UK commit to an exit from the EU, the ECTA 35th Annual Conference revelled in its own changes, both internal and external
The USPTO is attempting to better enforce its existing rules for affidavits and declarations of use. David Sherman of Katten Muchin Rosenman explains what this means for owners of US trademarks
Social media challenges are evolving, as are fan uses for trademarks, heard attendees of the 2016 INTA Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida
Frank Rittman, Bharat Dube and Vijay Rajkumar of SIPI discuss the possible ramifications of virtual reality technology for intellectual property rights
Entertainment and new media attorney Jay Rosenthal unpicks the Supreme Court’s decision to let Google Books stand
The proposed EU Content Portability Regulation may not alone revolutionise the European content licensing market, says Kalle Hynönen of Krogerus Attorneys
A court recently restrained an unregistered copyright society from issuing licences on a late Ghazal singer’s music. Lucy Rana and Tulip De of SS Rana & Co report
For those brands interested in aligning their corporate intangible assets, Catherine McGirr and Andy Churley of Nameshield have some points to consider
Nathalie Dreyfus of Dreyfus in Paris offers 10 tips for selecting the most appropriate arbitration and mediation centre for disputing domain name registrations
An ICANN working group is reviewing the rights protection mechanisms of the domain name system. Joe Alagna of 101domain considers the size of the task ahead
Daniel Greenberg of Lexsynergy, Peter Van De Wielle of the TMCH and Craig Schwartz of fTLD Registry Services outline how trademark attorneys should approach brand protection in the new gTLD programme
Attendees of the IACC Spring Conference in Florida can look forward to a keynote speech from Alibaba’s Jack Ma, as well as protection and enforcement discussions
Collecting societies are gaining ground in the battle for their members’ music
Trademark registration in Europe is being modernised, copyright in the UK is offering up more protection and the enforcers are, well, out in force
Enhanced damages for patent infringement are continuing to cause a stir
Specialist language service providers will securely manage language assets, saving money and delivering quality output in the long term, says Peter Koh of Park IP Translations
French courts have wrestled with the legality of social media terms and conditions and have not shied away from challenging them, says Nathalie Dreyfus of Dreyfus
Are review TLDs friend or foe to brands? Joe Alagna of 101domain takes a look
Brands are feeling the pull and the push of Alibaba’s platforms
There may always be a legal risk when making any reference to an individual, particularly a celebrity, whether in print or online, says Lucy Mackey of Innis Law Group
Sabrina Tozzi of Baker & McKenzie is excited to see where wearable technology will take IP in the future
Nathalie Dreyfus puts forward the theoretical possibility that social media usernames could acquire distinctiveness
David Leichtman of Robins Kaplan explains why the US Supreme Court needs to take up the infamous Google Books case, which is now a decade old.
Raashi Jain and Zoya Nafis of LexOrbis assess patent invalidation in India
IPzen is the latest cloud-based software platform for intellectual property law firms and corporate businesses that are seeking a solution to managing their data and mundane paper trails
Ginny Riemer reviews the results of RWS Group-inovia’s 2015 Global Patent & IP Trends Indicator, finding that US and EU patent reform has had global effects
Double patenting is a practice that Turkey has made clear is not possible. Yeşim Metin of Destek Patent explains
The CJEU’s decision on whether the KitKat four-finger chocolate biscuit can be registered as a 3D trademark has reinstated the law in simple and undisputed terms. Ourania Vrondou of Christodoulos G. Vassiliades & Co. LLC explains
A new law backed by rights owners has yielded a number of successes in Spain
Like the physical world, the internet requires strict vigilance and appropriate strategies, say Manisha Singh and Zoya Nafis of LexOrbis
With a famous name comes infamous cybersquatters, and the saviour is not always the friendly neighbourhood arbitrator, according to experts
A successful business model, unsurprisingly, attracts unwanted attention
The introduction of new gTLDs has brought with it novel questions about how to decide whether a domain name is identical or confusingly similar to another’s trademark. Nathalie Dreyfus of Dreyfus reports
Methods for combatting infringement, the increasingly active role that search engines are playing in routing out pirates and online dispute resolution centres were all discussed at the recent Intellectual Property Litigation and Enforcement Summit in London
What must brands do to beef up their anti-counterfeiting strategies?
The domain name space was the hot topic at the annual European Communities Trade Mark Association conference in Hamburg, Germany
As brands await the final text of the EU trademark reform package, INTA and MARQUES discuss its pros and cons, and how wider legislative change in intellectual property is preparing the union for the future
Turner Broadcasting Systems senior counsel Claire Kimball explains the tension that exists between freedom of expression and publicity rights
John Berard, CEO of headline-grabbing Vox Populi Registry, gives his perspective on the allegations levelled at it, and the potential of .sucks
The CJEU has given the go-ahead to implement the UPC. David Por of Allen & Overy reports
Protecting and enforcing trademarks on social media in non-EU Balkan countries can be a tricky business. PETOŠEVIĆ’s Predrag Anokic reports
Trademarks in a mobile world and reform in Asia were among the topics discussed at the INTA Annual Meeting in San Diego
Registrars are the customer-facing intermediaries that deal in domains. French registrar Gandi.net, whose explicit ‘No BS’ motto is not reproducible here, reveals how it works to protect trademarks
The EU trademark reform package is one step closer to home. International Trademark Association (INTA) weighs in on the details
Registrars are the customer-facing intermediaries that deal in domains. French registrar Gandi.net, whose explicit ‘No BS’ motto is not reproducible here, reveals how it works to protect trademarks
Software should work for, not against, the intellectual property professional. Christinne Wiss of WebTMS explains how
Non-Latin names are not new, but gTLDs are bringing them like never before. PETOŠEVIĆ ’s Tatyana Kulikova examines the Russian example
Daniel Greenberg of Lexsynergy outlines how trademark attorneys should approach online brand protection in the new gTLD programme
The age of new gTLDs has brought with it more opportunities for cybersquatters. Nathalie Dreyfus of Dreyfus & Associates reports
Nameshield’s Jean-Francois Vanden Eynde on the big .brand dream
Anthony Beltran of 101domain, Inc. examines the progress made in rolling out domain names endings, and what to expect in the future
Faced with so many choices across new gTLDs, many haven’t a clue what to do. Jeanette Söderlund Sause of .Global explains what brands should look out for
TLDs have multiplied exponentially—but will .com ever be left behind?
Start-ups need to adopt an effective strategy from the outset, according to Jamie Longmuir of digital security company Gemalto
An online deal that sounds too good to be true probably is, according to Mark Elliot of the US Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center
Anti-patent troll reform might attract votes, but does it have scientific backing?
Hundreds of attendees from across the globe descended on Munich for the annual Global Intellectual Property Exchange
Australian ISPs and copyright owners have (finally) put their differences aside and decided to jointly tackle online copyright infringement
Nathalie Dreyfus of Dreyfus & Associates examines the hashtag and whether the prolific marketing and sharing tool can be protected as an intellectual property right
There are concerns surrounding the Network and Information Security Directive. Nathalie Dreyfus of Dreyfus & Associates examines the potential consequences of the draft legislation...
Abhai Pandey and Priya Anuragini of LexOrbis analyse the hurdles to be overcome when filing PCT applications in India
Congress must listen to internet users, technology experts and the broader public before making big changes to US copyright law, argues Mitch Stoltz of consumer protection group the Electronic Frontier Foundation
Reforming US copyright law is all well and good, but what about the agency in charge of recording rights?
Ólafur Ragnarsson of Patice IP Legal offers tips for protecting a brand
The United Arab Emirates is becoming increasingly attractive to brands
SEP injunctions dominated at the Standards and Patents Conference in London
Start-ups need to understand intellectual property, while laws need to catch up with technology. Experts from Ireland discuss the issues
Dublin’s annual Web Summit saw a record high of 21,000 attendees. Intellectual property and privacy weighed heavily on the minds of speakers
Restrictions concerning e-commerce stand a slightly better chance in a selective distribution system, says Christian Hess of Meissner Bolte
Blocking injunctions have been extended to trademark owners in the UK
Android has attracted the wrath of Oracle, Java’s latest owner, and the case could soon be heard at the Supreme Court
New technology has changed UK copyright law, but how will the British, known the world over for their ironic sense of humour, respond?
New gTLDs and the programme that gave birth to them are developing their own personalities, as expert panellists reveal
Google was on show at the Marques Annual Conference in Copenhagen
Robert Daniel-Shores of Daniel Advogados discusses patent strategies in Brazil
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Middle Eastern and North African geographical indications are coming to the fore, says Jan Wrede of Dennemeyer & Associates
The health risk of counterfeit drugs is becoming more prevalent due to the rise of fraudulent online pharmacies. What are federal agencies and big pharma doing to tackle the problem?
The UK has a more succinct country-code TLD. Will co.uk be left on the shelf?
New gTLDs are being delegated regularly, but are there more to come?
When is an image free of the constraints of copyright?
Congress is considering a bill that could provide a greater degree of uniformity to trade secret enforcement law in the US
3D printing is almost here. But how will it affect intellectual property?
Nathalie Dreyfus of Dreyfus & Associates examines the journey that trademarks make once they leave the realm of the real
Where is the CJEU with Spain’s legal challenge to the unitary system? David Por of Allen & Overy finds out
Kilian Lorenz of Meissner Bolte provides an extensive overview of how IP and anti-association laws can protect against ambush marketing
Ambush marketing remains an issue for sporting events on a global scale, says Roxana Sullivan of Dennemeyer & Associates
Is Apple’s store layout trademark an open and shut case?
Did the Supreme Court just make novelty the hallmark of patent eligible subject matter, asks Michael Gulliford of Soryn IP Group
The US Supreme Court has long been the venue for hard-hitting copyright cases, and ABC v Aereo was no exception
Spain has been famously dumped out the World Cup, the England team continue to disappoint fans, Belgium is emerging as a potential winner, and plenty more besides. Oh, and a trademark conference took place in Alicante recently
Axel Kockläuner of Meissner Bolte analyses the Blomqvist/Rolex decision and discusses the ramifications for rights holders in the EU
The Supreme Court passed decisions in patent cases that effectively allow courts to make losers pay the winners’ legal fees
The Supreme Court held its first hearing on Alice Corp v CLS Bank, a case that could make or break computer implemented inventions in the US
With Alibaba Group planning to globalise its e-commerce platforms, should rights owners be worried?
To address the threats posed by crypto-currencies, brands will need to once again invest resources in monitoring the abuse of their names and reputations online, say Bharat Dube and Genevieve Lakey of Strategic IP Information
As TLDs are delegated into the domain name system each month, Nathalie Dreyfus of Dreyfus & Associates law firm considers the possibility of new applications
Whichever strategy and process a brand ends up employing, it is extremely important that they understand the basic fundamentals of the new gTLD programme, says Anthony Beltran of 101domain, Inc.
What function does patent licensing serve other than generating revenue? Jerome Becaas of Questel takes a look
The US patent system is facing tough times. With emotions running high, it may be time to step back and take stock, as experts demonstrate
The EU and China are entering next phase of their intellectual property cooperation. Benoit Misonne and Dan Prud’homme of the technical experts team at IP Key reveal more
International Trademark Association (INTA) president Mei-lan Stark provides an update on what the association is doing to put its 2014-2017 Strategic Plan in to action
The Global IP Exchange in Munich was an opportunity for professionals to hear the latest on Google and the US patent system
The corporation is in charge of the domain name system, but who is in charge of it? Experts come out in support of the way ICANN is run
Is trademark infringement becoming a business strategy?
Anthony Beltran of 101domain, Inc. looks at the state of ICANN’s new gTLD programme and analyses the strategies for companies large and small
Nathalie Dreyfus of Dreyfus & Associates asks some key questions about the WHOIS system
The UK Intellectual Property Office discusses reforms and implementations that it went through in 2013 to tackle issues such as online piracy
They may not come into direct contact with goods, but they are regularly found liable for trademark infringement in Serbia if the goods turn out to be counterfeit. Bogdan Ivanišević and Ana Petković of BDK Advokati / Attorneys at Law explain
Whether Vringo’s a non-practicing entity, or a savvy exploiter of patents it doesn’t want to use, the company’s investor update revealed a business that is focused on extracting maximum value from its portfolio
Push pause, because Candy Crush Saga is living up to its name
The UK’s creative industries came together at a CBI conference to discuss protecting content online, with government initiatives under the spotlight
Anti-patent litigation abuse legislation is flying through US Congress
Daniel Morel’s Haiti earthquake photos caused a rumble of their own ...
Reporting from the Standards & Patents conference in London, IPPro looks at standard-essential patents and how the speakers viewed their use
Patpol’s Anna Zakrocka looks at the case of A&S Parfume Factory, and how Cartier International used its reputation to take it on in Poland
María Carolina Del Río of Clarke, Modet & Cº Chile looks at well-known trademarks in Latin America
Nathalie Dreyfus of Dreyfus & Associates provides an update on objections to new gTLDs
Domain names are creating new challenges for Turkish trademark law, says Ersin Dereligil of Destek Patent
India acceded to the to Madrid Protocol in July, at a time when its IT industry is blooming. Lucy Rana of S.S. Rana & Co reports
Nancy Samuriwo of Gill, Godlonton & Gerrans reviews the avenues available for filing trademarks in Zimbabwe
There is no more time to prepare. New gTLDs are here. IPPro takes a look at the tools that trademark owners must use to protect their brands
Call them what you like, but they do make for good reading. IPPro investigates the accusations and initiatives being levelled at non-practicing entities
Google and Nestlé have a tasty treat in store for owners of smartphones running the Android operating system. IPPro considers their co-branding deal and the possible implications for their respective brands
Rouse’s Rosie Burbidge looks at how computer games and intellectual property interact in today’s digital world
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Can new gTLDs be trademarks too? The USPTO seems to think so. IPPro investigates
Thanks to one intellectual property paradox, massive popularity can actually damage a brand. IPPro takes a look at trademark genericide
Speakers at the Westminster Media Forum Keynote Seminar on Copyright on 9 July discussed next steps for UK policy and content in the digital single market. IPPro was there
IPPro talks to IBM’s Peter Klett about the company’s patent filing and enforcement strategies, and about software patentability concerns
The case of one man enforcing his trademark has caused uproar online. IPPro finds out what happened
The latest round of the Google AdWords case suggests that competitors that use the service need to be very careful in their approach, says Scott Gardiner of D Young & Co LLP
As two very different ways of recording technological progress, IP and standards have an interesting relationship. IPPro investigates
Mobile payments technology is mobilising investors from a range of industries. IPPro asks what this means for traditional financial service providers
New gTLDs are rapidly approaching. A panel of experts provided information and insight for brand owners during a recent webinar dedicated to the topic. IPPro tuned in
FusionExperience’s Joan Mill explores what the launch of a 90-day turnaround on patent applications will mean for enterprises
A case of indecision, or is software patentability really that complicated? IPPro takes a look at what the judges had to say
It is unclear if CLS Bank v Alice Corp really will be the “death of hundreds of thousands of patents”, say Brandon Hegstrom and Jennifer Lane Spaith of Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Computer software: patentable inventions, or abstract ideas spelled out in code? IPPro visits an ongoing debate
Parties in domain name disputes can take their cases to one of several ICANN-accredited bodies, giving rise to questions of consistency and forum shopping. IPPro investigates
South African law protects copyright owners from online infringement to a certain extent, but does it go as far as it should? IPPro takes a look
Friday 26 April was about celebrating intellectual property, but what were its biggest moments in the last 12 months? IPPro looks at IP progress
Brands, attorneys and service providers stormed the Dallas Convention Center for an emotional 135th International Trademark Association (INTA) annual meeting
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Despite standing the test of time, the EU’s trademark laws are being updated. IPPro finds out more
Consumer liability in the counterfeits industry is a complicated issue. IPPro takes a look
No one method has come out ahead in this new arena of needing consumer surveys to moderate the entire market value rule, say Gabriel Gelb and Betsy Gelb
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Israel Ledesma of Arochi, Marroquín & Lindner SC takes a look at the long lasting battle between intellectual property rights and the internet
The open source model is bringing cloud computing on leaps and bounds, but it does attract some unwanted attention. IPPro finds out more
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Brands must beware of the dark places where fakes are rife, says Ken Gamble of Internet Fraud Watchdog
Delegation day is looming for the first new gTLD. IPPro takes a look at the company that filed applications for 307 to see what it’s doing to prepare
Europe’s ambition for its own union-binding patent and a court to enforce it is close to being realised, but there is still a lot to do, as IPPro finds out
With new domain name endings planned to go live before the end of the year, ICANN is working to ensure that the rights of brands are protected. IPPro takes a look at the Trademark Clearinghouse to find out more
Different avenues are open to brand owners wanting to reduce the amount of fakes that are available online, but one sticks out. IPPro takes a look
Ian Starr of D Young & Co LLP takes a look at using research to convince a court that the use of a mark would dupe the average consumer
ICANN made it clear that trademark holders will be protected when more than 1000 gTLDs go live, but it still has work to do before this promise becomes reality, as Petter Rindforth of Fenix Legal reports
A contentious piece of US legislation has been both a boon and a bane since its inception. IPPro takes a look at Section 512 of the DMCA to find out more
Obtaining patent protection for business method and software inventions is tricky in familiar haunts such as the US and the EU, but what about Asia? IPPro takes a look
Vikrant Rana of S.S. Rana & Co looks at the rise of the internet and the profound effect that it has had on IP protection and enforcement
Storing files online makes them easily accessible, and it appears to be the way forward for individuals and businesses. But does the service come at a price? IPPro takes a look
Evgeny Alexandrov of Gorodissky & Partners charts the meteoric rise of digital zones in Russia and the subsequent case law that has developed
As the web becomes increasingly social, traditional IP communication and protection strategies risk becoming outmoded or ineffective. Tom Farrand of Novagraaf UK offers best-practice approaches in brand protection on social networks
A ban on sharing copyrighted works via social media is being discussed in Turkey, as Riza Ferhan Cagirgan and Basak Guzel of GUR Law Firm report
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With emerging technologies, such as VR, breaking into the mainstream, already antique laws must rise to the occasion. Alan Behr of Phillips Nizer explains more
The IACC has partnered up with Europol and Underwriters Laboratories for the Europol IP Crime Conference, where collaboration is a key theme. Barney Dixon spoke to IACC president Bob Barchiesi to find out more
Many lawyers want to work pro bono in order to make a difference. But in IP, it can be a challenge. Rick Biagi, chair of the International Trademark Association’s pro bono committee, explains how he hopes to change this
The World IP Organization has updated its UDRP jurisprudential overview for the third time. Mark Dugdale speaks to Brian Beckham, head of its internet dispute resolution section, to find out about the latest guidelines
Mozilla sits on the fence between tech provider and advocacy group, a position that has only served to reinforce strong internal opinions about the Digital Single Market initiative
Decades of bad behaviour have taken their toll on intellectual property, but the Center for IP Understanding, led by Bruce Berman, is attempting to change that
The City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit has made waves in fighting IP crime, and it’s work is far from finished. Detective Chief Inspector Peter Ratcliffe, who leads the unit, explains
Since the IACC’s Spring Conference, the coalition has continued its fight against counterfeiters across the globe. President Bob Barchiesi explains
Dreyfus recently held a seminar on trademarks and domain names in Iran as international brands look toward the country for opportunities. Nathalie Dreyfus reveals what was discussed, and how brands can benefit
The CBBC and the owner of WeChat have signed a memorandum of understanding to do more in the fight against infringement. Michael Ryan, director and head of business environment and IP at CBBC, explains
Full IANA control will soon be awarded to ICANN, after a long period of public ownership. Theresa Swinehart, senior advisor to the president on global strategy at the corporation, explains how this changing of the guard will affect the DNS
Bart Mortelmans of bNamed.net discusses the importance of SSL certificates, how brands are handling new gTLDs, and whether the TMCH has been a success
WIPO’s Brian Beckham reveals how new TLDs are affecting the Arbitration and Mediation Center’s workload
Bobby Ghajar, new partner at Cooley in Los Angeles, considers the confluence of agendas at play in the quest for DMCA reform
Danny Awdeh of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner reveals how sports competition organisers and brands are protecting their intellectual property
gTLDs have the stigma of being, well, generic, but the one-size-fits-all strings offer brand names a chance to bag popular terms long-since taken in .com, explains Ben Crawford of domain industry registry CentralNic
With social media posts often heavy with sponsored adverts, Barry Benjamin of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton explains how brands can ensure they are compliant with new consumer protection rules in this area
Ecommerce platforms in the United Arab Emirates have taken a progressive approach to anti-counterfeiting, according to Hady Khawand of Saba IP
Accidental infringement is rife in software, but can turn it into an opportunity that pays, according to Joseph Noonan, president and CEO of V.i. Labs in Boston
Bob Barchiesi of the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition provides an update on the fight against counterfeiting, and previews the Spring Conference in Florida
Nick Phillips of Edwin Coe discusses the UK’s licensing scheme for orphan works
Jonathan Hudis of Quarles & Brady, who recently edited the third edition of a multi-chapter guide on the USPTO’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, offers advice to brands on how to handle the TTAB process
Gary Fisher and Steve Machin of Accent Media discuss the inception of Domains Watch, the new anti-cybersquatting service from the registry behind .tickets
Ericsson’s Gustav Brismark explains the standard-essential patent owner’s approach to negotiating FRAND terms with errant users of patented tech
Copyright law is yet to scratch the surface of what is commercial and non-commercial, says Jay Rosenthal of Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp
Dominic Young of the Copyright Hub checks in to provide an update on how the licensing project is going
Turnitin’s Jason Chu explains why its technology was needed to trawl Wikipedia for copyright infringement, and how its working with schools and colleges
Charlie Abrahams of online brand protection specialist MarkMonitor explains how trademark owners can fight back against infringement
Tobias Cohen Jehoram of De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek explains why arbitration has proven to be an effective means of recovering domains in Europe
Emily Tan of China IP magazine interviews Tian Lipu, a former commissioner of the State Intellectual Property Office of China and current IP spokesperson for the country
Weak electronic and business method claims are the rights being invalidated in the US IPR system, according to Jim Nelson of Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner
Communications Alliance’s John Stanton discusses copyright reform in Australia, and explains what the telecommunications sector is doing to help fight infringement
Attorney’s fees awards were supposed to be easier to obtain after the Supreme Court’s 2014 Octane and Highmark decisions, but is that the case today? Perhaps not, according to Christian Mammen of Hogan Lovells
Michelle Cooke of Manatt, Phelps & Philips discusses the art of trademark enforcement
Each jurisdiction has its own enforcement methods and practices, and Russia is a testament to that. Steal IP in this part of the world and you won’t forget it, says Vladimir Biriulin of Gorodissky & Partners
Elisa Cooper of MarkMonitor has been tracking the rise of the dark net, where conventional anti-counterfeiting strategies may not be the best bet
Snap and share your photographs with abandon because infringing image rights might just be a thing of the past, if a new licensing app is anything to go by. Dominic Young of new licensing venture the Copyright Hub explains
AIPPI president Felipe Claro discusses issues the association has faced in the last 12 months, and what it plans to do during its annual congress
The duties and responsibilities of intermediary service providers are coming under review in the EU, as Neil Parkes of Foot Anstey explains
Trademark hijackers are still a problem in China, and brands have to work hard to get their rights back, says Shirley Kwok of Ribeiro Hui...
RWS Group’s Erica Gatland explains how the impact of the America Invents Act makes planning ahead for autumn 2015 essential
BSA | The Software Alliance general counsel Jodie Kelley explains why protecting software is more about effective licensing than anything else
Nigeria is an emerging market wrapped in controversy, says Femi Olubanwo of Banwo & Ighodalo
An appeal launched against an International Trade Commision decision resulted in failure for the complainant. Where did LSI Corporation go wrong?
Brands are finally moving forward with their new gTLD applications, says Ben Crawford, whose registry services business CentralNic is helping them along
IPzen is a state-of-the-art tool for the management and protection of trademarks and domain names, according to its designer, Emmanuel Harrar
Iceland is the latest country to issue injunctions against ISPs to force them to block access to copyright infringing websites. Lovísa Jónsdóttir of Tego IP Consulting explains...
The Covered Business Method Patents review programme is well into its second year. Michelle Holoubek of Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox provides an update on how users are responding...
The IPR Center is seeing Chinese enforcement agencies begin to stand up to counterfeiters, while IP owners need to lend a hand, says director Bruce Foucart
Zarif Imam of Iceberg Capital Partners looks at where the smartphone market might go next, following a period of intense litigation...
Following the World Cup 2014, FIFA reveals that it was a job well done as far as its sponsors are concerned, and why fake tickets continue to plague events
Elisa Cooper of MarkMonitor discusses the takeaway topics from last month’s ICANN meeting in London, with accountability high on the agenda...
Registries are considering introducing their own services to complement the TMCH. Matthieu Aubert of Mailclub examines the possible consequences
The TMCH has achieved major milestones since its inception. Jan Corstens and Jonathan Robinson reveal more
Cravath, Swaine & Moore is a law firm that has a very specific set of issues that it gets to handle, which are really challenging...
Sergio Legoretta Gonzalez of Baker & McKenzie discusses what the authorities in Mexico are doing to discourage counterfeiting..
Alex Genadinik, founder of entrepreneur app developer Problemio, reveals how independent developers go about their IP business
Former Singh & Singh Lall & Sethi managing partner Prathiba Singh, who is now a senior advocate to India’s courts, gives her opinion on the country’s innovativeness, and what it must do, and is doing, to improve...
Donuts is using private auctions to resolve gTLD application contentions
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Ben Anderson of NetNames tells IPPro about the reaction to delegations, the TMCH and private auctions following the ICANN Buenos Aires meeting
Patrafee’s Klara Sigvardsson shows IPPro how to protect trademarks in the new age. Sit back, brand owners, and watch how it’s done
Kay Rupprecht of Meissner Bolte updates IPPro about the EU’s new patent system
Crowdsourced patent research is a novel idea. IPPro finds out more from Marshall Phelps, the new CEO of Article One Partners
IPPro asks Osborne Clarke’s Jas Purewal how developers can use brands within their videogames without going to court
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What is happening with the Madrid system for international trademark registrations? IPPro asks D Young & Co’s Wendy Oliver about new accessions and more
Patrafee’s Tobias Bohm gives IPPro an insight into the needs of IP departments and what they ask of their management partners
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Do you really need IP to manage an online brand? IPPro asks Claire Davidson of homewares retailer Urbanara what she thinks
Who should answer for online breaches of copyright? IPPro speaks to Martin Kuppers of Edwards Wildman Palmer UK LLP about secondary and third-party liability
Christopher Riley recently joined Bingham McCutchen as a partner. IPPro finds out why internet companies are susceptible to mergers and acquisitions, and what they need to bear in mind during negotiations
Patents could be a key to success for the UK’s smaller businesses, but the SMEs have reservations. IPPro hears from Dr Julian Potter of WP Thompson
Neustar’s Ken Hansen and Jeff Neuman tell IPPro why local and global businesses are keen for New York City to have its own geographic TLD
IPPro talks to Stephen McCue, who recently joined ‘virtual’ law firm Keystone Law from Nokia, about using the internet to support a legal practice, IP developments in the UK, and the ‘smartphone wars’
ICANN’s 46th public meeting in Beijing was held on 7 to 11 April. IPPro talks to Stuart Fuller of NetNames to find out what went on
IPPro hears from Haiying Fu of King & Wood Mallesons about taking on Chinese counterfeiters through online search engines
Dean Pelletier, who recently joined Ocean Tomo as head of its new trade secret management and monetisation practice, shares his insights on trade secrets with IPPro
IPPro catches up with Claudio Di Gangi of INTA to find out how the internet has been taking up the association’s time and what it is doing for its members
Brian Winterfeldt, who is a special advisor on INTA’s internet committee, weighs into the cybersquatting debate. IPPro hears what he has to say
IPPro talks to Catherine Wolfe of ITMA about European trademarks and what to expect at the institute’s spring conference
IPPro talks to Paul Maier, who is the new head of the EU Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights, about the body’s role in European efforts to reduce infringement, and what he hopes to achieve
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IPPro talks to Shaun Sherlock of international IP consultancy Novagraaf about his move to the firm, and how retailers are shedding their physical domains for something more digital
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IPPro talks to John Kern, who recently brought his patent prosecution group to Oblon Spivak, about drafting, boutiques, technology making his job harder and the America Invents Act
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IPPro talks to Ted Shapiro, who is the head of Wiggin LLP’s new Brussels office, about his move to the firm, European copyright and what rights holders want from their lawmakers
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IPPro talks to Thomas Dover of US law firm Nossaman LLP about its IP and media practice, and the ways in which the internet has changed content distribution models and brand licensing deals
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IPPro talks to Keith Roberson of 3D Printing about a new generation of printing and an online platform that will allow brands and content creators to embrace it
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Video games developer Eutechnyx’s Ed Martin has been described as “the man” when it comes to American racing games. He knows quite a bit about IP too, as IPPro finds out
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Delta claims "confusingly similar" domain
22 January 2018 | Minneapolis | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Delta Airlines has claimed 27 domains in a UDRP dispute at the Alternative Dispute Resolution Forum.
Brinks, Gilson & Lione elects new president
19 January 2018 | Chiacgo | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Brinks, Gilson & Lione has elected a new president to succeed James Sobieraj
TWiT sues Twitter for trademark infringement
18 January 2018 | California | Reporter: Barney Dixon
TWiT.tv, is suing Twitter for breach of contract, unfair competition and trademark infringement, stemming from a deal the two companies made in 2007
INTA wins in domain dispute
17 January 2018 | Minneapolis | Reporter: Barney Dixon
INTA has won a domain dispute at the Alternative Dispute Resolution Forum over inta2018.org
Akerman hires new partners
16 January 2018 | Los Angeles | Reporter: Barney Dixon
US law firm Akerman has strengthened its intellectual property and commercial litigation practices with the hire of two partners
Alibaba refutes Notorious Markets report
15 January 2018 | Hangzhou | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Alibaba has issued a point by point refutation against allegations levelled at its Taobao platform in the US Trade Representative’s 2017 Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets
USTR targets Taobao in Notorious Markets review
12 January 2018 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has revealed the findings of his office’s 2017 Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets, including accusations against Alibaba’s Taobao ecommerce platform
INTA elects 2018 president
12 January 2018 | New York | Reporter: Barney Dixon
INTA has elected Tish Berard as its 2018 president and chair of its board of directors
J A Kemp to open in Paris
11 January 2018 | Paris | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Intellectual property law firm J A Kemp will open a new office in Paris, its second in continental Europe
Mewburn Ellis bolsters Munich office
10 January 2018 | Munich | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Mewburn Ellis has hired trademark attorney Dydra Donath as partner in its Munich office
Gyimah replaces Johnson, IP responsibilities unclear
9 January 2018 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Sam Gyimah appointed as minister of state for universities and science, replacing Jo Johnson as part of the Conservative party’s cabinet reshuffle
Supreme wins UDRP challenge
9 January 2018 | Geneva | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Supreme has reclaimed a host of domains in a World Intellectual Property Organisation Arbitration and Mediation Centre UDRP dispute
DLA Piper names new co-chairs
9 January 2018 | New York | Reporter: Barney Dixon
DLA Piper has named Frank Ryan and Ann Ford as co-chairs of its global and US-based intellectual property and technology practices
Radiohead sue Lana Del Rey for copyright infringement
8 January 2018 | New York | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Radiohead are suing Lana Del Rey for copyright infringement, claiming that the Del Rey’s 2017 song Get Free was similar to their 1992 song Creep
Virgin wins UDRP battle
5 January 2018 | Geneva | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Virgin Group has claimed three domains in a UDRP dispute at the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre
Morgan Stanley recovers five domains
4 January 2018 | Minneapolis | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Morgan Stanley has recovered five domain names in a UDRP dispute at the Alternative Dispute Resolution Forum
Glosfer and Gemmy to create blockchain copyright protection platform
4 January 2018 | Seoul | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Blockchain firm Glosfer has signed a memorandum of understanding with copyright protection company Gemmy to create a blockchain-based copyright protection platform
Dish Network sues IPTV providers
4 January 2018 | Maryland | Reporter: Barney Dixon
US satellite TV network Dish has sued two IPTV providers, claiming that they profit from the unlawful retransmission of Dish TV channels
Spotify sued for $1.6 billion over copyrighted works
3 January 2018 | California | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Spotify has been sued for $1.6 billion by Wixen Music Publishing, which represents artists including Tom Petty, Neil Young and the Beach Boys
Stroock promotes IP partner
2 January 2018 | New York | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan has promoted an intellectual property attorney to partner in its New York office as part of a round of promotions
Culhane Meadows bolsters IP department
22 December 2017 | Dallas | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Joe Bogdan, Lawrence Kass, Robert Klinger, Felicia Traub and Jingjing Ye will join the firm’s offices around the world, focusing on various aspects of IP law
PIPCU seizes £100,000 worth of counterfeit clothing
21 December 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has arrested a man and seized around £100,000 worth of counterfeit clothing in the lead up to Christmas
IACC and Danish Consulate General in Shanghai sign IP agreement
20 December 2017 | Copenhagen | Reporter: Barney Dixon
IACC president Bob Barchiesi and Nicolai Prytz, consul general of Denmark in Shanghai, signed the agreement in Copenhagen on 18 December
Facebook slams infringing content in first half of 2017
19 December 2017 | California | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Facebook removed more than 2.5 million pieces of copyright infringing content across its Facebook and Instagram social media platforms in the first half of 2017, according to the company’s annual transparency report
US DoJ launches IP enforcement network
18 December 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The US DoJ has launched an intellectual property enforcement network, with five specialised prosecutors deployed in selected regions to provide training and technical assistance to local law enforcement
USTR review of Thailand closed
18 December 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has closed the 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Thailand, after the country took steps to strengthen its intellectual property framework
Birkenstock terminates relationship with Amazon
15 December 2017 | Neustadt | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Shoe maker Birkenstock has ended its business relations with Amazon EU, accusing the ecommerce company of failing to prevent violations of the law on its marketplace platform
APLA and French police take down piracy site
14 December 2017 | Bordeaux | Reporter: Barney Dixon
A joint operation between French police and the ALPA has resulted in the closure of piracy streaming website, artv.watch
IPC3 investigated 1,400 suspects in 2017
13 December 2017 | The Hague | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Europol investigated nearly 1,400 suspects and was involved in 36 major intellectual property crime cases in 2017 as part of its Intellectual Property Crime Coordinated Coalition
Quarles & Brady hires internet of things expert
12 December 2017 | Milwaukee | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Quarles & Brady has hired Linda Emery as partner in its intellectual property practice group based in Milwaukee
Siemens reclaims infringing domains
11 December 2017 | Geneva | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Siemens has been transferred seven infringing domain names following a World Intellectual Property Organisation Arbitration and Mediation Centre dispute
PSNI, HMRC and FACT seize 50 illegal streaming devices
08 December 2017 | Belfast | Reporter: Barney Dixon
A joint operation between UK enforcement bodies has resulted in the seizure of 50 illegal streaming devices
China world’s top trademark filer in 2016
07 December 2017 | Geneva | Reporter: Barney Dixon
China was the world’s top trademark filer in 2016, with the country accounting for 3.7 million applications out of an estimated global total of 7 million
Marlboro beats infringer in UDRP dispute
07 December 2017 | Geneva | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Marlboro has acquired seven infringing domain names in a dispute at the World Intellectual Property Organisation Arbitration and Mediation Centre.
Squire Patton Boggs hires ex Walgreens Boots Alliance counsel
06 December 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Squire Patton Boggs has appointed Kerry Lee as partner in its intellectual property and technology practice
Google wins UDRP dispute
06 December 2017 | Minneapolis | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Google has won a domain dispute at the Alternative Dispute Resolution Forum
Brexit could cause major financial impact to UK trademark business
05 December 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
UK-based trademark lawyers could lose as much as £17 million a year as a direct result of Brexit
Disney claims three in domain dispute
04 December 2017 | Minneapolis | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Disney has reclaimed three domains in a dispute at the Alternative Dispute Resolution Forum
EU piracy guidance provides “no solutions”, says IFPI
01 December 2017 | Brussels | Reporter: Barney Dixon
New guidance adopted by the EU against piracy recognises the problems facing rightsholders, but provides “no solutions” according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry
Cooley promotes five to partner
30 November 2017 | Palo Alto | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Cooley has made a round of 18 partner promotions, including five intellectual property attorneys across its Palo Alto, Boston and Los Angeles offices
INTA reveals Brexit position
30 November 2017 | Brussels | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The International Trademark Association has revealed its position on Brexit, outlining five core principles that should be supported, promoted and safeguarded when the UK leaves the EU
Berkeley Research Group hires Jeffrey Stec
29 November 2017 | Emeryville | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Berkeley Research Group has hired Jeffrey Stec as managing director and leader of its intellectual property practice
Cloud-based recordings require rightsholder consent, says CJEU
29 November 2017 | Luxembourg | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Copies of TV programmes saved in the cloud must be authorised by the copyright holder, the Court of Justice of the EU has ruled
In Our Sites targets more than 20,000 counterfeit selling domains
28 November 2017 | The Hague | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Europol’s Intellectual Property Crime Coordinated Coalition has seized over 20,000 domain names that were selling counterfeit goods
China to bolster IP rights protection mechanisms
27 November 2017 | Beijing | Reporter: Barney Dixon
China will ramp up its intellectual property rights protection mechanisms to promote economic development, according to the country’s premier Li Keqiang
Weil, Gotshal & Manges promotes two IP counsel
24 November 2017 | New York | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Weil, Gotshal & Manges has made a round of 10 partner and nine counsel appointments, including two IP counsel
Woof-Tang Clan in the dog house
23 November 2017 | New York | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The leader of rap group the Wu-Tang Clan has filed a trademark opposition against dog walking company, the Woof-Tang Clan
Alibaba and CBBC extend partnership
22 November 2017 | Hangzhou | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Alibaba has signed an agreement with the China-Britain Business Council that will enhance intellectual property rights protections for UK-based entities
ICE and industry team up to fight IP crime
21 November 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Jenna Lomax
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement has teamed up with Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator industry representatives and other US government enforcers to counter IP crimes
Alibaba in ITC spotlight
20 November 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Alibaba will be investigated by the US International Trade Commission over the importation and sale of insulated beverage containers, their labels, and packaging materials
Brexit a “material threat” to businesses, says Marques
20 November 2017 | Leicester | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Brexit could be a “material threat” to businesses that own trademarks in the EU, according to a position paper from intellectual property association Marques
Cozen O’Connor hires ex-DLA Piper litigator
17 November 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Cozen O’Connor has hired ex-DLA Piper litigator Hugh Marbury as member in its intellectual property department
Illicit streaming devices entering the UK fail to meet national electrical safety regulations, according to findings from FACT and Electrical Safety First
Mewburn Ellis opens Munich office
16 November 2017 | Munich | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Intellectual property boutique Mewburn Ellis has opened a new office in Munich, its first expansion outside of the UK
.UK suspensions doubled in 2017, says Nominet
15 November 2017 | Oxford | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Nominet has suspended 16,632 .UK domain names for criminal activity in 2017, doubling figures from 2016
Crowell & Moring hires IP all rounder
14 November 2017 | San Francisco | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Crowell & Moring has bolstered its privacy and cybersecurity, and litigation practices with the addition of Gabriel Ramsey
Fake remembrance merchandise seized by UK Border Force
13 November 2017 | Tilbury | Reporter: Jenna Lomax
Fake poppy branded jewellery, worth around £150,000, was seized ahead of Remembrance Sunday by the UK Border Force
Registrars must make “difficult choices” when it comes to GDPR
10 November 2017 | London | Reporter: Jenna Lomax
Registrars and registries will have to make difficult choices when it comes to ICANN’s new RDDS provisions and the EU’s GDPR
Indeed.com reclaims domain
09 November 2017 | Minneapolis | Reporter: Jenna Lomax
Job search-engine Indeed has recovered lndeed.net following a dispute at the Alternative Dispute Resolution forum
Microsoft recovers counterfeit selling domains
09 November 2017 | Minneapolis | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Microsoft has recovered seven infringing domains that were being used in a scheme involving fake Microsoft licences
ICANN appoints new chairs
09 November 2017 | Abu Dhabi | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers has appointed Cherine Chalaby and Chris Disspain as the new chair and vice-chair, respectively
Coolmath reclaims seven domains
08 November 2017 | Geneva | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Coolmath has recovered seven infringing domain names following a dispute at the World Intellectual Property Organisation Arbitration and Mediation Centre
Latham & Watkins makes round of promotions
08 November 2017 | Los Angeles | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Latham & Watkins has made a round of 31 partner and 12 counsel promotions, including the election of two IP attorneys to partner in its Century City and San Francisco offices and another to counsel in its Orange County office
Porsche wins UDRP dispute
07 November 2017 | Geneva | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Porsche has won a UDRP dispute at the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre, putting a stop to the use of five infringing domain names
Sci-Hub blocked in the US
06 November 2017 | Virginia | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Sci-Hub has been blocked in the US and must pay $4.8 million to the American Chemical Society after a US district court entered a default judgment and injunction against it
USPTO launches diversion pilot for minor misconduct
06 November 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The US Patent and Trademark Office has launched its two-year diversion pilot programme
Duo arrested for Nintendo circumvention
03 November 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
A man and a woman from Kidderminster have been arrested for selling circumvention devices that allow users to illegally access hundreds of pirate copies of Nintendo games
Incopro opens Wales office
02 November 2017 | Caerphilly | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Incopro has expanded its presence to Caerphilly, Wales as part of a drive to fight against counterfeits in the UK
Turkey takes step towards harmonising with EU IP laws
01 November 2017 | Ankara | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The Turkish Patent and Trademark Office has released new guidelines for trademarks in an attempt to bring Turkish intellectual property law in line with the EU
Amazon, Broadcom IPR dispute settled
31 October 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The US Patent and Trademark Office has terminated an inter-partes review brought by Amazon against Broadcom, after both agreed to end the proceedings
Novagraaf and Mitsui partner to expand Japanese presence
30 October 2017 | Tokyo | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Intellectual property consultancy Novagraaf has partnered with Mitsui to further its reach in Japanese markets
Only UK can decide post-Brexit IP rights
30 October 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Only the UK government can decide whether to recognise EU rights post-Brexit, according to Stephen Hodsdon, partner at Mewburn Ellis
NYSE claims 21 domains
27 October 2017 | Minneapolis | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The New York Stock Exchange has recovered 21 domains following a UDRP decision at the Alternative Dispute Resolution Forum
Snap recovers adult-snapchat.com
26 October 2017 | Minneapolis | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Snap Inc has recovered adult-snapchat.com in a UDRP decision at the Alternative Dispute Resolution Forum
Man to pay £16,000 for streaming Sky Sports
26 October 2017 | Bristol | Reporter: Barney Dixon
A man has been ordered to pay £16,000 in legal costs after the UK High Court found him guilty of streaming Sky Sports content illegally online
Audax acquires Corsearch
25 October 2017 | The Netherlands | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Wolters Kluwer Governance, Risk & Compliance has sold Corsearch, its trademark clearance and protection business, to Audax Private Equity for $140 million
Portuguese law bans DRM for public domain works
24 October 2017 | Lisbon | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Portugal has passed a new law banning the use of digital rights management security software on public domain media and government works
UK financial services hit trademark high
23 October 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
UK trademarks registered by financial services have hit a record high, with investment in financial technology a key driver over the last five years, according to professional services firm RPC
Redd joins Wiggin
23 October 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Intellectual property boutique Redd has joined law firm Wiggin, adding 20 specialist IP lawyers to Wiggin’s ranks
Nike wins UDRP dispute
20 October 2017 | Minneapolis | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Nike has recovered nikeplusinc.com in a Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy decision at the Alternative Dispute Resolution Forum
Rouse opens Cambodia office
19 October 2017 | Phnom Penh | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Intellectual property boutique Rouse has opened a new office in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, strengthening its presence in Southeast Asia
Withers & Rogers adds ten trainee attorneys
19 October 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
International law firm Withers & Rogers has added ten new trainee attorneys covering both patents and trademarks
Netflix, Fox and Amazon sue TickBox IPTV box
18 October 2017 | California | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Netflix, Fox and Universal are among seven entertainment companies joining together to sue Android TV streaming box, TickBox TV, for copyright infringement
Article 13 of DSM proposals should be deleted, says the EFF
17 October 2017 | Brussels | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Digital advocacy group the EFF and other civil society organisations that have penned a letter to European lawmakers demanding that Article 13 of the EU’s new copyright reforms is deleted
Winterfeldt IP opens in Washington DC
16 October 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Winterfeldt IP Group, a new law firm focusing on brand enforcement and counseling, has opened its doors in Washington DC
Partner promotions at White & Case
13 October 2017 | New York | Reporter: Barney Dixon
White & Case has promoted 31 new partners, including four intellectual property attorneys, across the US and UK
WIPO Assemblies meeting ends with key agreements
12 October 2017 | Geneva | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The World Intellectual Property Organisation’s annual Assemblies meeting has ended with key agreements between member states
Dell wins Alienware domain dispute
11 October 2017 | Minneapolis | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Dell has won back four domains following a Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) decision at the Alternative Dispute Resolution Forum
Johnson Controls-Hitachi selects Anaqua
11 October 2017 | Boston | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The joint venture between Johnson Controls and Hitachi Air Conditioning has chosen intellectual property analytics company Anaqua to globalise its IP management systems
Campinos elected as EPO president
11 October 2017 | Munich | Reporter: Barney Dixon
António Campinos has been elected as president of the European Patent Office, succeeding Benoît Battistelli
Return to sender for postal domains
10 October 2017 | Minneapolis | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The US Postal Service has reclaimed 30 infringing domain names following an Alternative Dispute Resolution Forum UDRP decision
Pirate ad revenues halved by anti-piracy efforts
10 October 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Pirate advert revenues have been halved by anti-piracy efforts, according to a study from the Trustworthy Accountability Group
Rightscorp signs China anti-piracy agreement
09 October 2017 | California | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Rightscorp has signed an agreement with Chinese businessman Vincent Yen on behalf of a “major Chinese media company” to monitor online copyright infringement
Marks & Clerks hires new UK trademark head
09 October 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Marks & Clerk has appointed Tom Farrand to replace the departing Matt Sammon
Amazon reclaims AWS domain
06 October 2017 | Minnesota | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Amazon has reclaimed a domain name in an Alternative Dispute Resolution Forum UDRP decision
Kempners & Partners snaps Marks & Clerk trademark head
05 October 2017 | Leeds | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Intellectual property boutique Kempners & Partners has recruited former head of UK trademarks at Marks & Clerk, Matt Sammon
HMRC recovers three bad domains
05 October 2017 | Geneva | Reporter: Jenna Lomax
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) alleged that hmrc-tax-service.com, service-hmrc-tax.com and tax-hmrc-service.com, were confusingly similar to the HMRC trademark
Google not liable for image search thumbnails
04 October 2017 | Hamburg | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Google’s image search does not exploit copyright by showing thumbnails of copyright infringing images, the German Federal Court of Justice has ruled
IP systems deserve more participation, says WIPO director
03 October 2017 | Geneva | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Francis Gurry, director general of the World Intellectual Property Organisation, has called for greater global participation in the organisation’s international patent, trademark and design systems
Anaqua launches new patent analytics platform
03 October 2017 | Boston | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Anaqua has launched a new software platform that offers new integrated dashboards and patent analytics that will help users to find new opportunities
EFF chimes in on Kodi debate
02 October 2017 | San Francisco | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Legal action against Kodi IPTV box add-on manufacturers are an attempt to expand the scope of secondary copyright infringement, and smear and discourage open source, freely configurable media players
Brazil and Argentina partner for IP assets development
02 October 2017 | Rio de Janeiro | Reporter: Jenna Lomax
The Brazilian Innovation Agency has entered into a partnership with the Ministry of Science, Technology and the Productive Innovation in Argentina to offer mutual support to research scientific, technological and innovation development projects
Man guilty of trafficking $2.5 million in counterfeits
28 September 2017 | New York | Reporter: Barney Dixon
A New York man confesses to planning the distribution of more than $2.5 million of counterfeit UGG boots
NatWest recovers infringing domains
28 September 2017 | Geneva | Reporter: Barney Dixon
NatWest has recovered nine infringing domains following a World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration and Mediation Centre dispute
Amazon wins domain name dispute
27 September 2017 | Geneva | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Centre has transferred four infringing domain names to Amazon
BREIN secures temporary Pirate Bay blocking order
27 September 2017 | The Hague | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN has secured a ruling that will force internet service providers (ISPs) Ziggo and XS4ALL to temporarily block access to The Pirate Bay
Keystone Law snaps up Will Sander
26 September 2017 | London | Reporter: Becky Butcher
Keystone Law has hired intellectual property solicitor and trademark attorney Will Sander
EFF reclaims domain
26 September 2017 | Geneva | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Digital rights advocacy group the Electronic Frontier Foundation has reclaimed a copycat website
DLA Piper hires Douglas Emhoff
26 September 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Becky Butcher
DLA Piper has appointed Douglas Emhoff as a partner in the company’s intellectual property and technology practice and its media, sport and entertainment sector
UK-China symposium: IP system adapts to technology trends
25 September 2017 | London | Reporter: Jenna Lomax
Attendees of the 2017 UK-China symposium heard how the intellectual property system is adapting to technology trends such as AI and big data
Meme creator sues alt-right for copyright infringement
25 September 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Creator of the Pepe the Frog meme Matt Furie has successfully shut down the distribution of a controversial children’s book that enlisted the use of Pepe’s image to espouse “racist, Islamophobic and hate-filled themes”
Pierre Hardy wins back infringing domains
22 September 2017 | Geneva | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Fashion designer Pierre Hardy has recovered six infringing domains in a World Intellectual Property Organisation Arbitration and Mediation Centre dispute
Red Hat expands Patent Promise
22 September 2017 | Raleigh | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Open-source software provider Red Hat has revised its Patent Promise, which was initially intended to discourage patent aggression against free and open-source software
YouTube value gap persists, says IFPI
21 September 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Licensed on-demand streaming continues to grow in popularity as record companies promote digital services, but the so-called YouTube value gap persists
Unitary trademark should be pursued in the EU
20 September 2017 | Prague | Reporter: Theo Andrew
A unitary trademark, similar to proposals for a unitary patent, should be pursued in the EU, according to Gregor Vos, partner at Brinkhof
IP Awareness Summit to be held in November
20 September 2017 | Chicago | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The Centre for Intellectual Property Understanding, alongside the Chicago-Kent College of Law, will be holding the first Intellectual Property Awareness Summit in Chicago on 6 November
One million illegal set-top boxes sold in UK
19 September 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
More than one million illegal set-top boxes have been sold in the UK in the last two years, according to a new report
ImageRights announces US Copyright Office integration
18 September 2017 | Boston | Reporter: Jenna Lomax
Boston-based copyright enforcement service ImageRights International has introduced a dedicated copyright registration service with the US Copyright Office
Fair use for Australia could future proof copyright
15 September 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
A “principles based” fair use exception for Australia could be more flexible and help to future proof copyright, according to Rohan Singh, special counsel at DLA Piper
Novartis recovers Sandoz domain
15 September 2017 | Minneapolis | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Novartis has recovered an infringing domain name in an Alternative Dispute Forum UDRP dispute
Wolf Greenfield boosts trademark practice
14 September 2017 | New York | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Wolf Greenfield has hired Maria Scungio to boost its trademark practice group
NBA tattoos not fair use, says Solid Oak Sketches
14 September 2017 | New York | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Take-Two’s use of NBA players tattoo’s in its NBA 2K video games is not fair use and a purely commercial play to “enthrall consumers to the realism of the games”
Virgin reclaims bathroom domains
14 September 2017 | Geneva | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Virgin Group has reclaimed two infringing domain names from a Luton-based bathroom supplier following a World Intellectual Property Organisation Arbitration and Mediation Centre dispute
Kroger and Lidl drop home brands lawsuit
13 September 2017 | Virginia | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Supermarket rivals Lidl and Kroger have agreed to dismiss a trademark infringement lawsuit over home brand logos
Kodi hit by trademark trolls
12 September 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Kodi, the company behind the open source IPTV box software of the same name, has been hit by a multitude of so-called ‘trademark trolls’
Monkey selfie case settled
12 September 2017 | San Francisco | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The ‘monkey selfie’ copyright lawsuit has been settled out of court, after both PETA and photographer David Slater reached an agreement to end the litigation
BBC Worldwide partners with Incopro
11 September 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
BBC Worldwide has partnered with brand protection specialist Incopro to tackle the unlicensed online sale of counterfeit merchandise
YouTube not required to reveal IPs
11 September 2017 | Frankfurt | Reporter: Barney Dixon
YouTube cannot be forced to reveal the IP addresses of movie pirates, but must provide victims of copyright infringement with infringers’ email addresses, according to a ruling from a German high court
Game of Thrones season seven hits a billion illegal downloads
08 September 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Season seven of hit HBO TV show Game of Thrones exceeded one billion illegal downloads and streams, according to content protection company MUSO
YouTube-MP3 shuts down
08 September 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
YouTube-MP3 has gone offline after its owner Philip Matesanz agreed to settle a copyright lawsuit brought by some of the world’s biggest record labels
Unitary IP rights should continue post-Brexit, says EU
07 September 2017 | Brussels | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Intellectual property rights enjoyed by the UK as part of EU law should not be undermined by Brexit, according to a position paper from the European Commission
Facebook a counterfeiter’s haven, finds IPO
07 September 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Counterfeiters see social media as a haven, with Facebook representing the most exposed location for communication about counterfeit goods, according to the UK Intellectual Property Office
Default judgement could cost Sci-Hub $4.8 million
07 September 2017 | Virginia | Reporter: Barney Dixon
US academic publisher the American Chemical Society is demanding $4.8 million in damages from Sci-Hub owner Alexandra Elbakyan as part of its request for a default judgement
YouTube-MP3 to settle copyright lawsuit
06 September 2017 | California | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Infringing MP3 ripping site YouTube-MP3 has agreed to settle with multiple record labels in a combined copyright infringement lawsuit
Brandsight adds senior leaders
06 September 2017 | New York | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Domain management firm Brandsight has hired Matt Serlin and Elisa Cooper to fill senior positions
Music creators stuck in safe harbour trap, says musicFIRST
05 September 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
A new campaign from music industry coalition musicFIRST has accused Google of hiding behind its legal ‘safe harbour’ to make millions at the expense of music artists
Ice Miller hires trademark duo
05 September 2017 | Chicago | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Ice Miller has added two trademark attorneys to its Chicago based intellectual property group
Wikipedia closes book on infringing domains
04 September 2017 | Geneva | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Wikipedia has secured the cancellation of six infringing domain names at the World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration and Mediation Centre in a UDRP dispute
Google recovers 10youtube.com
01 September | Minneapolis | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Google has recovered infringing domain 10youtube.com after a UDRP dispute at the Alternative Dispute Resolution Forum
Illicit IPTV boxes are big challenge, says FACT
01 September 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Illicit streaming, commonly conducted through IPTV and set-top boxes, has become one of the biggest challenges for the Federation Against Copyright Theft in the last year
HMRC recovers bad domains
31 August 2017 | Geneva | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The UK’s tax authority has had two infringing domains returned after a World Intellectual Property Organisation Arbitration and Mediation Centre dispute
MayMac attracted nearly three million infringing viewers
31 August 2017 | Amsterdam | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Floyd Mayweather’s bout with Conor McGregor was illegally viewed by nearly three million people, according to new data from digital security company Irdeto
Content Creators Coalition slams Google’s public policy ‘distortion’
31 August 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The Content Creators Coalition has called for a congressional investigation into Google’s alleged distortion of public policy debates
Google trademark dispute could go to SCOTUS
30 August 2017 | San Diego | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Two members of the public have asked the US Supreme Court to rule on whether ‘Google’ is a generic term that should not be the subject of a trademark
FC Barcelona recovers infringing domain
30 August 2017 | Geneva | Reporter: Barney Dixon
FC Barcelona has recovered an infringing domain name after a World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration and Mediation Center panel found that it was registered in bad faith
Hogan Lovells hires ITC judge
30 August 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Hogan Lovells has hired former US International Trade Commission Administrative Law Judge Theodore Essex
CPA Global sold for £2.4 billion
30 August 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Intellectual property management company CPA Global has been sold to Leonard Green & Partners for a reported £2.4 billion
Australian government to review fair use
29 August 2017 | Canberra | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The Australian government will consult on more flexible copyright exceptions, including fair use
Trump nominates next USPTO leader
29 August 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
US President Donald Trump has nominated Irell & Manella managing partner Andrei Iancu to take over as director of the US Patent and Trademark Office
BREIN cracks down on Kodi
25 August 2017 | Amsterdam | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Dutch anti-piracy agency BREIN is cracking down on the sellers of infringing media players, as well as Kodi add-on developers
Casino in royal domain dispute
24 August 2017 | Geneva | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Belize-based online casino company Tailby has recovered 78 domain names in a single UDRP dispute
Duane Morris hires brand protection pro
24 August 2017 | Atlanta | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Duane Morris has hired brand protection expert Miguel Alexander Pozo as partner
YouTube reaction duo win fair use case
24 August 2017 | New York | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The YouTube ‘reaction video’ duo behind H3H3 Productions have won a landmark copyright case that could provide future precedent for fair use claims on the video sharing site
PIPCU extended to 2019
23 August 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The UK Intellectual Property Office has granted the unit an additional £3.32 million in funding to cover the period to 30 June 2019
Atari gives Nestlé a break of its own
22 August 2017 | California | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Nestlé’s new Kit Kat advert violated Atari’s copyright and trademark rights for its 1975 Breakout video game, according to a lawsuit
MPAA secures $200,000 payout in China
22 August 2017 | Shenzhen | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The Motion Picture Association has secured more than $200,000 in damages from Chinese service provider Xunlei
Prolific counterfeiter sentenced to three years
22 August 2017 | New Jersey | Reporter: Barney Dixon
A prolific counterfeiter who smuggled fake iPhones, iPads and iPods from China to sell in the US has been sentenced to more than three years in prison
US formally institutes China IP investigation
21 August 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
A Section 301 investigation into intellectual property malpractice in China championed by US President Donald Trump has formally launched
CIPU enters education partnership
21 August 2017 | New York | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The Center for Intellectual Property Understanding and the Michelson 20MM Foundation are partnering to improve awareness of intellectual property rights
Trumpet app maker defeats US President Donald Trump
18 August 2017 | San Francisco | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Donald Trump has lost a trademark battle against the creator of the iTrump mobile phone app, the successor to the iBone trombone simulator
Clear balance needs to be struck for VPNs
18 August 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
A clear balance needs to be struck between enforcement and ethical circumvention when it comes to virtual private networks, according to experts
Vishal Amin confirmed as IPEC
17 August 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The US Senate has approved President Donald Trump’s nomination for White House intellectual property enforcement coordinator
BREIN shuts down sheet music group
17 August 2017 | Amsterdam | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Dutch anti-piracy group Brein has closed down a Facebook group that was offering infringing sheet music
Prosecutions are coming following GoT leak
17 August 2017 | Maharashtra | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Four people have been arrested in connection with the leak of an episode of hit HBO TV show Game of Thrones, Star India has confirmed
Sci-Hub holds more than two thirds of all scholarly articles
16 August 2017 | | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Academic pirate website, Sci-Hub contains nearly 69 percent of all 81.6 million scholarly articles, which rises to 85 percent for those published in closed access journals
Verizon takes eight
16 August 2017 | Geneva | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Verizon has laid claim on eight parked domains after a World IP Organisation Arbitration and Mediation Centre panel found the original registrations to be bad faith
Virgin reclaims Atlantic domain
15 August 2017 | Geneva | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Virgin Enterprises has reclaimed an infringing domain name after the original registrant tried to extort the company for money
Trump fires forward in China IP investigation
15 August 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
US President Donald Trump has signed a memorandum asking the US Trade Representative to examine whether China should be investigated for alleged intellectual property malpractice
Trump to give green light for China IP investigation
14 August 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
US President Donald Trump is to sign an executive memorandum authorising the US Trade Representative to examine China’s allegedly “unfair” intellectual property practices
Take-Two scores slam dunk in NBA case
14 August 2017 | New York | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The maker of the NBA 2K video game series, Take-Two, has won the dismissal of statutory damages of as much as $150,000 per copyright infringement in its legal battle with Solid Oak Sketches
Daily Mail recovers copycat domain
14 August 2017 | Geneva | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Associated Newspapers, owner of tabloid the Daily Mail, has recovered a “confusingly similar” domain name
ImageRights acquires Image Witness
11 August 2017 | Boston | Reporter: Barney Dixon
ImageRights said the acquisition will bolster its “technology leadership position in the fast-growing copyright enforcement services industry”
Orrick hires IP trial partner
11 August 2017 | Silicon Valley | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Orrick has hired seasoned first-chair IP trial lawyer Scott Oliver to its Silicon Valley office
Microsoft reclaims Skype domain
11 August 2017 | Minneapolis | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Microsoft has recovered skyperoom.com following an Alternative Dispute Resolution Forum UDRP dispute
Airbnb evicts phisher
10 August 2017 | Geneva | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Airbnb has recovered an infringing domain that was filed in bad faith to phish information from legitimate customers
Alibaba updates IP protection platform
10 August 2017 | Beijing | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The upgrades have led to the majority of rights holder-initiated actions being handled within 24 hours, according to Alibaba, with more than 80 percent of challenged listings being taken down.
GOT MILK? Not anymore, says WIPO
09 August 2017 | Geneva | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The California Milk Processor Board, creator of the GOT MILK? Slogan, has reclaimed gotsomemilk.com in a World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration and Mediation Center dispute
Binded announces US Copyright Office integration
09 August 2017 | San Francisco | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Blockchain-based copyright protection startup Binded has introduced one click-registration with the US Copyright Office
US right to indict KickAss Torrents founder
08 August 2017 | Illinois | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The US government was right to indict Artem Vaulin, the founder of peer-to-peer file sharing site KickAss Torrents, a US judge has ruled
South African copyright changes draw criticism
07 August 2017 | Cape Town | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The South African Copyright Amendment Bill has faced major criticism in the build up to its implementation, with several content creators coming out against many of its provisions
Photographer could get monkey off his back
07 August 2017 | San Francisco | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The ‘monkey selfie’ lawsuit could be settling down, after a motion to stay the appeal was filed by both parties
iShow wins trademark battle
07 August 2017 | Bellevue | Reporter: Barney Dixon
iShow has been awarded $5.5 million in its trademark infringement lawsuit against Lennar Corporation
T.Rex attacks Baby Driver
04 August 2017 | California | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Rolan Feld, son of T.Rex frontman Marc Bolan, has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Sony Pictures for its failure to authorise the use of the T.Rex song “Debora” in Edgar Wright’s new film, Baby Driver
eBay should be held as the ‘gold standard’ for ecommerce platforms
03 August 2017 | New York | Reporter: Barney Dixon
eBay is the example that websites in China should follow, says INTA’s anti-counterfeiting committee chair, Heather McDonald
Alibaba joins forces with Kering, ending all litigation
03 August 2017 | Hangzhou | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The ecommerce platform has entered into a strategic partnership with Kering, bringing an end to the ongoing litigation between the two companies
Marks & Clerk promotes three
03 August 2017 | Cambridge | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The trio will be spread across the firm’s UK offices
BrandSecurity discovers CPA counterfeit network
02 August 2017 | Moscow | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Analysts from Russian brand protection company BrandSecurity have discovered a network of more than a hundred websites selling counterfeit smartphones and watches
Alibaba adds regional governments to Cloud Sword Alliance
02 August 2017 | Hangzhou | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The Cloud Sword Alliance, as it will now be named, is constituted of governments from multiple regions, including Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Anhui and Hunan
Pro Bono Clearinghouse opens for business
01 August 2017 | New York | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The International Trademark Association’s Pro Bono Clearinghouse has officially opened to potential clients facing trademark issues in the US and Germany
Third-party online sales ban doesn’t harm competition
31 July 2017 | Luxembourg | Reporter: Barney Dixon
CJEU advocate general Nils Wahl said a ban could in fact improve competition and reinforce the idea of luxury goods
Incopro forges partnership with Canadian firm
31 July 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Canadian law firm McCarthy Tétrault is the latest firm to partner with brand protection specialist Incopro
Stone Island brand owner recovers hundreds of domains
31 July 2017 | Geneva | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The company behind the Stone Island clothing brand, Sportswear Company, has recovered hundreds of domain names that were hosting websites selling counterfeit versions of its products
DLA Piper adds Austin head
28 July 2017 | Austin | Reporter: Barney Dixon
DLA Piper has named John Guaragna as co-managing partner of its Austin office
ITC investigations double in 2016
28 July 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Section 337 investigations instituted at the US International Trade Commission nearly doubled in 2016, according to the ITC’s Year In Trade figures
Google to challenge delisting order in the US
28 July 2017 | California | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Google has filed a First Amendment complaint in the US, challenging a Canadian Supreme Court ruling that has forced Google to remove a website from its search results worldwide
Premier League granted season-long blocking order
28 July 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The UK Premier League has acquired a High Court order that will require UK ISPs to live-block illegal streams of its matches
EFF seeks default judgement on defamation case
27 July 2017 | California | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Global Equity Management missed the deadline to respond to the EFF’s lawsuit in the Northern District of California over a Stupid Patent of the Month blog post
INTA names LatAm head
27 July 2017 | Chile | Reporter: Barney Dixon
José Luis Londoño Fernández will be based in INTA’s brand new office in Santiago, Chile
Cybersquatter loses Redtube domain
27 July 2017 | Geneva | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Redtubexxx.xxx returned to operator of adult website portfolio because its TLD shows knowledge of ‘the adult nature’ of the official Redtube site
Facebook acquires IP management startup
27 July 2017 | New York | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The acquisition falls in line with Facebook’s recent attempts to monetise its video services
Site blocks mean big drops
27 July 2017 | Lisbon | Reporter: Barney Dixon
A government-organised programme in Portugal that gave ISPs the power to automatically block piracy sites has lowered piracy traffic by nearly 70 percent
USPTO presents patent subject matter eligibility viewpoints
26 July 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The US Patent and Trademark Office has published a new report detailing public viewpoints on the appropriate boundaries of patent-eligible subject matter
Anaqua merges with IP software rival Lecorpio
26 July 2017 | Boston | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Lecorpio CEO Jay Madsen will step down and Anaqua CEO Bob Romeo will lead the combined business
Alibaba secures defamation verdict against counterfeiter
25 July 2017 | Shanghai | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
A pet-food vendor who sold counterfeit cat food via the Taobao marketplace has been found guilty of defamation in China, according to Alibaba Group
Kodi crackdown continues
25 July 2017 | London | Reporter: Katherine Brown
Authorities arrested a man in Derby and seized more than 40 illegal streaming devices in London as part of a country-wide crackdown on Kodi and similar boxes
CITMA calls for continuation of rights post-Brexit
24 July 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys has asked that all of its current members to be able to continue to represent clients at the EU Intellectual Property Office after Brexit
Dark web marketplace AlphaBay shut down
21 July 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The US government has seized AlphaBay, the largest online ‘dark market’ that was used by hundreds of thousands of people to trade illegal goods
Congressmen Issa and Goodlatte hit out at Judge Gilstrap
20 July 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
Two members of the House judiciary committee have criticised Judge Rodney Gilstrap for his interpretation of TC Heartland v Kraft Foods
PIPCU puts the brakes on car counterfeits
20 July 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit has seized more than 200 Audi and Volkswagen car parts worth tens of thousands of pounds
.Amazon could be up for grabs
19 July 2017 | Los Angeles | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Amazon could finally claim the .Amazon domain after it succeeded in an independent review on ICANN’s decision to deny its applications
CIPU partners with Tusher for IP education
18 July 2017 | New York | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The Center for Intellectual Property Understanding has partnered with the Tusher Center for the Management of Intellectual Capital to further promote public IP awareness
Entrupy secures $2.6 million in funding
18 July 2017 | New York | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Software company Entrupy has secured $2.6 million in funding for its artificial intelligence-driven counterfeit protection technology
Munck Wilson Mandala adds seven
17 July 2017 | Dallas | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Munck Wilson Mandala has hired seven new intellectual property attorneys, including the two named partners of IP boutique Howison & Arnott
Advertising group tags pirate apps
14 July 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
The Trustworthy Accountability Group, a band of advertising industry organisations, has released a new app aimed at reducing the presence of adverts on mobile apps that distribute pirated content
Monkey see, monkey sue: Naruto’s day in court
13 July 2017 | San Francisco | Reporter: Barney Dixon
PETA’s allegations in the ‘monkey selfie’ lawsuit are “ideological expressions” and have nothing to do with its relationship with the crested macaque monkey Naruto, nor its imposed “next friend” status
Canadian court teaches university a thing or two about fair dealing
13 July 2017 | Toronto | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
A Canadian university has been chastised for trying to use fair dealing law to sidestep licensing fees for educational material
DavidDuchovny.com is no longer out there
12 July 2017 | Minnesota | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
Actor David Duchovny has recovered davidduchovny.com more than 20 years after it was first registered
DSM copyright directive pushes on
12 July 2017 | Brussels | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
The publisher’s right has moved one step closer to becoming law in the EU after two European Parliament committees signed off on the draft copyright directive
Votes due on Digital Single Market’s copyright directive
11 July 2017 | Brussels | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Amendments to Articles 13 and 11 have been proposed as members of European Parliament work to push through the new copyright directive
US secures another SnappzMarket conviction
11 July 2017 | Atlanta | Reporter: Barney Dixon
SnappzMarket’s server manager, Joshua Taylor, has been sentenced to 16 months in prison for his role in the pirate Android app store
Costa Rican registry complains of US ‘insults’
10 July 2017 | San José | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Costa Rica’s .cr internet registry has accused the US government of harassment and personal insults directed towards its executive director over The Pirate Bay’s .cr domain
Kelley Drye & Warren promotes two
10 July 2017 | New York | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Kelley Drye & Warren has promoted Sarah Cronin and Cliff Katz to partner
ICC calls on UN members to fight counterfeiting and piracy
10 July 2017 | Geneva | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
The International Chamber of Commerce has asked UN member states to do more to protect consumers from the health and safety risks posed by counterfeits and pirated goods
Infringers crossing streams, finds study
07 July 2017 | London | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
Approximately seven million UK internet users are accessing some illegal content, a new study has suggested, with fully loaded IPTV boxes and stream ripping among the popular means
WhatsApp recovers hackers domain
07 July 2017 | Geneva | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
Messaging service WhatsApp has recovered an infringing domain name that pointed to a website offering hacking services
McDonald’s jumps ship on .brands
06 July 2017 | Los Angeles | Reporter: Barney Dixon
McDonald’s has abandoned its .brand domains, sending termination notices for both its .McDonalds and .MCD TLDs
MPAA: Voluntary agreements hard on piracy
05 July 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Local governments could help to push voluntary anti-piracy agreements to fight cross-border piracy, according to the Motion Picture Association of America
UK MEP: EU copyright reform views proving ‘irreconcilable’
05 July 2017 | London | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
EU copyright reform is generating “heated discussions” at the European Parliament, according to a UK representative
FTI Consulting hires IP expert
05 July 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
FTI Consulting has hired IP expert David Eastwood as senior managing director in its economic and financial consulting practice
A third of Premier League fans illegally stream
04 July 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
More than a third of Premier League fans watch matches through unofficial streams, according to a BBC survey
Crowell & Moring hires litigation duo
03 July 2017 | California | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Crowell & Moring has added Kent Goss and Valerie Goo as partners in its litigation group
UKIPO releases IP Act guidance
03 July 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The UK Intellectual Property Office has issued business guidance on the recently passed IP (Unjustified Threats) Act
Cross-border portability nears the finish line
30 June 2017 | Budapest | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
The cross-border portability regulation is on the cusp of becoming law in the EU, heard attendees of the European Communities Trade Mark Association Annual Conference in Budapest
Google must remove results globally
30 June 2017 | Ottowa | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Setting a surprising precedent, the Canadian Supreme Court has forced Google to remove a website from its search results worldwide
DMCA anti-circumvention is fine as it is
29 June 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The US Copyright Office has completed its study into Section 1201 of the US Copyright Act, deeming no significant changes needed
Oker-Blom to finish term as secretary general
29 June 2017 | Budapest | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Past president of the European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA), Max Oker-Blom, has completed his term as the association’s secretary general
IP Translator fails to be understood
29 June 2017 | Budapest | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
Efforts at the Court of Justice for the EU to untangle the codification of 2012’s IP Translator judgement are far from over
EUIPO goes for growth
29 June 2017 | Budapest | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
The EU Intellectual Property Office is expecting trademark applications to surpass 2016’s tally by almost 5 percent
New gTLDs used for defensive purposes
28 June 2017 | New York | Reporter: Barney Dixon
New gTLD registrations are being made overwhelmingly for defensive purposes, costing brands more and creating no direct value
Google hit with €2.42 billion EU antitrust fine
27 June 2017 | Brussels | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The European Commission ruled the company had abused its power by giving an advantage to its own products and services in Google search results
Elsevier wins $15 million settlement
26 June 2017 | New York | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Elsevier has received $15 million in damages in its copyright infringement lawsuit against Sci-Hub, the Library Genesis project and a number of other sites
Trio sentenced over piracy business
26 June 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Three men have received suspended prison sentences for illegally distributing copyrighted content, costing more than £2.5 million
Jones Day bolsters IP practice
26 June 2017 | Los Angeles | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Law firm Jones Day has added Andrea Jeffries and Emily Tait as partners to its intellectual property practice
Hong Kong, Albania and Panama among key counterfeit transit points
23 June 2017 | Alicante | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Hong Kong, Albania and Panama are among several key transit points for counterfeits worldwide
Merchant & Gould hires patent trio
22 June 2017 | New York | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Merchant & Gould has expanded its New York office with the addition of three new intellectual property attorneys.
Nominet releases annual .uk domain disputes report
22 June 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Over half of .uk domain disputes through Nominet’s Dispute Resolution Service have resulted in a domain name being transferred, saving an estimated £7.18 million in legal costs in 2016
Dancing Baby will be neither seen nor heard
21 June 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The US Supreme Court has denied certiorari in the infamous ‘Dancing Baby’ copyright infringement case
Deadpool uploader arrested
20 June 2017 | Los Angeles | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
A man in California has been arrested on charges of criminal copyright infringement for allegedly uploading a copy of the Deadpool movie to Facebook
Netflix, Amazon and Disney help launch anti-piracy coalition
19 June 2017 | New York | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Netflix, Amazon and Disney are among 30 companies involved in the launch of the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment
Senate judiciary committee approves Vishal Amin
16 June 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Vishal Amin has been unanimously approved as the White House intellectual property enforcement coordinator by the Senate judiciary committee
Operation Creative causes 87 percent drop in infringing ad revenue
15 June 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The operation gives gambling operators access to an up-to-date list of copyright infringing sites through PIPCU’s Infringing Websites List
CJEU confirms The Pirate Bay does communicate to the public
15 June 2017 | Luxembourg | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
The Pirate Bay, as a P2P network that indexes infringing content, is engaging in communications to the public under the Copyright Directive
‘Alternative compromises’ for Digital Single Market reforms blocked
14 June 2017 | Brussels | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Members of European Parliament have succeeded in blocking EU copyright reform amendments that would provide “alternative compromises” to proposed reforms
Ukraine’s lack of reform progress concerns EU
13 June 2017 | Brussels | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The country’s lack of progress in reforming its IP laws has not encouraged European officials, although Ukraine has made inroads online
European Commission to investigate Qualcomm
13 June 2017 | Brussels | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Qualcomm is under investigation over competition concerns about its proposed acquisition of semiconductor rival NXP
Majority of brands face online infringement
12 June 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
More than 90 percent of brand owners have experienced intellectual property infringement online, according to Hogan Lovells
US Customs launches anti-counterfeiting education campaign
09 June 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
US Customs and Border Protection, with support from the GIPC, has launched a campaign to inform the public of the dangers of counterfeit goods
Cross-border portability edges closer
08 June 2017 | Brussels | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The cross-border portability regulation is scheduled to come into force in Q1 2018. It still needs to receive approval from the European Parliament
Matal named acting head of USPTO
08 June 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Associate solicitor Joseph Matal has been named as acting under secretary of commerce for intellectual property and director of the USPTO
Kodi add-on exodus
07 June 2017 | Texas | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Zem TV and TVAddons have been sued by Dish Network for copyright infringement
Michelle Lee resigns as USPTO director
07 June 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Michelle Lee notified staff that she would be standing down from her post, but offered no reason for her sudden departure
NAFTA should be modernised, says Internet Association
06 June 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The Internet Association has called for widespread amendments to the North American Free Trade Agreement in a bid to modernise the trade deal for the digital age
Wynne-Jones sets up London office
06 June 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
IP boutique Wynne-Jones has set up a new office in London as a result of a surge of interest in brand and invention protection
👎 to emoji use in domain names, says ICANN committee
06 June 2016 | California | Reporter: Barney Dixon
A report from ICANN’s SSAC says that emoji use in domain names should be discouraged
WIPO updates UDRP jurisprudential overview
05 June 2017 | Geneva | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
The World Intellectual Property Organization has updated its UDRP jurisprudential overview for the first time since 2011
Spotify settles class-action claims
05 June 2017 | California | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
Spotify has pledged to set up a $43.4 million fund to compensate musicians and artists whose work the music streaming service used without paying royalties
LK Shields hires new IP head
02 June 2017 | Dublin | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Irish law firm LK Shields has hired Peter Bolger as head of its intellectual property, technology and privacy department
Wikipedia calls for Australian fair use
01 June 2017 | Canberra | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Wikipedia has joined a chorus of groups demanding fair use in Australia, lambasting current laws as restrictive.
OMC Abogados hires IP and consumer rights attorney
01 June 2017 | Lima | Reporter: Barney Dixon
OMC Abogados & Consultores has added Gladys Echegaray to its Lima-based intellectual property practice
Uber fires Levandowski
31 May 2017 | California | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Uber has fired key executive Anthony Levandowski after he failed to cooperate in a trade secret dispute with Alphabet’s Waymo
Dancing Baby case ‘cannot wait’, says EFF
31 May 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Digital Millennium Copyright Act safe harbours require definitive and final clarification, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation
Copyright coalition demands 'ambitious' EU copyright reform
30 May 2017 | Brussels | Reporter: Barney Dixon
A letter from Copyright for Creativity has attracted more than 60 signatories, and demands a more “ambitious agenda” for positive copyright reform
Yell loses out in UDRP decision
26 May 2017 | Geneva | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The panellists argued that there was nothing on record to suggest that Yell was well known outside of the UK
Facebook bans sale of IPTV boxes
25 May 2017 | California | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The new policy bans “products or items that facilitate or encourage unauthorised access to digital media”
Porn troll lawyer disbarred
25 May 2017 | Illinois | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The Illinois Supreme Court has disbarred Prenda Law’s John Steele
Nokia and Apple settle new dispute
24 May 2017 | California | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
The settlement puts a stop to litigation that spanned the US and Germany and saw Apple claim in federal court that the Finnish company conspired with patent licensing companies to unlawfully extract royalties
‘One size fits all’ not for Asia
24 May 2017 | Barcelona | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Enforcement approaches should differ across the continent, said Lee & Ko’s John Kim at the 2017 INTA Annual Meeting
Notice and takedown systems ‘not efficient’
23 May 2017 | Barcelona | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Speaking at the 2017 INTA Annual Meeting, Oliver de Crombret outlined how current notice and takedown systems are not efficient in tackling online counterfeits
Cooperation needed to combat counterfeits
23 May 2017 | Barcelona | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Speaking at the 2017 INTA Annual Meeting, eBay’s Louise Delcroix expressed the need for improved cooperation between brand owners, ecommerce platforms and public authorities
TVAddons abandons Kodi add-on amid legal uncertainty
23 May 2017 | London | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
TVAddons, the host of the most popular add-on repository, said in a statement that it was discontinuing the Navi-X add-on due to “the current legal climate surrounding Kodi”
Copycats plague publishers
22 May 2017 | Barcelona | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Copycat publications remain an extremely damaging problem, News Corp’s Jeffrey Parnass said at the 2017 INTA Annual Meeting in Barcelona
INTA reveals 2018-2021 strategic plan
22 May 2017 | Barcelona | Reporter: Barney Dixon
INTA president Joe Ferretti and INTA CEO Etienne Sanz de Acedo unveiled a multi-year plan to encourage innovation, communicate brand power and protect its members’ rights
Trademark attorneys must become ‘brand ambassadors’
22 May 2017 | Barcelona | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Speaking at the 2017 Annual Meeting, INTA president Joe Ferretti outlined how trademark attorneys should become “brand stewards”
Spain to raise ‘anti-piracy generation’
22 May 2017 | Barcelona | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Spain will continue to meet global demands for intellectual property rights enforcement and “raise an anti-piracy generation”, according to the keynote speaker at the INTA Annual Meeting
Thought leadership important for trademark attorneys
21 May 2017 | Barcelona | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Trademark attorneys should look to publish their own content online to ensure the “progression of the law”
DSM proposal undermines free licenses, says EFF
19 May 2017 | Brussels | Reporter: Barney Dixon
A proposed amendment to the EU’s Digital Single Market Directive could force content creators to receive remuneration, whether they like it or not
Kodi developer says it will remain “neutral”
18 May 2017 | Luxembourg | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The developer of the IPTV software player has said that, despite a ruling that pirate streams are illegal, it will not change its open policy
Tinder opposes Shinder’s trademark application
17 May 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Tinder has objected to a trademark filing from one-man dating platform Shinder
DVD ring sentenced to prison
17 May 2017 | Suffolk | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Four men have received prison sentences after a FACT investigation into their pirate DVD operation worth more than £500,000
Brexit provides ‘good opportunity’ for hyperlinking law
16 May 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Music rights group UK Music claims the UK’s withdrawal from the EU could allow for clarification of hyperlinking under copyright law
Disney threatened with Pirates of the Caribbean leak
16 May 2017 | Los Angeles | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Hackers have threatened to leak Pirates of the Caribbean 5 online unless Disney pays a ransom
Clyde & Co launches Kuwait IP office
15 May 2017 | Kuwait | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The office completes its network of IP offices across the Gulf Cooperation Council countries
China could establish appellate IP court
15 May 2017 | Chengdu | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The court would be modelled on the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and cover mainly technology-related issues
MEPs submit DSM amendments
15 May 2017 | Brussels | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The amendments, which number over 900, come after intense scrutiny over how the proposals will affect online content platforms and the creative industries
Uber-Waymo dispute referred for criminal investigation
11 May 2017 | California | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Judge William Alsup said the evidence against Waymo was the strongest he’d seen in 42 years
D Young & Co hires IP partner
11 May 2017 | Munich | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Uli Foerstl has joined the firm’s Munich office and focus on cross-border litigation
JD joins American Apparel & Footwear Association
11 May 2017 | Beijing | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The online marketplace will work with international fashion brands on intellectual property protection
More than two thirds of North America’s Kodi boxes are infringing
11 May 2017 | Waterloo | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Nearly 70 percent of Kodi IPTV boxes in North America provide users with access to unlicensed, infringing content
CJEU to consider link rights
10 May 2017 | Berlin | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The CJEU will hear a dispute between Google and VG Media that touches on fair remuneration for publishers whose work appears in search engine results
Bird & Bird nests with Incopro
10 May 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The law firm will use the Incopro’s Talisman technology as part of its solutions suite
Florida court order shuts down 19 pirate sites
09 May 2017 | Florida | Reporter: Barney Dixon
ABS-CBN lodged a complaint with the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida, asking for the seizure of the sites
US suggests Dancing Baby case be put to bed
08 May 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Acting US solicitor general Jeffrey Wall said UMG v Lenz “would not be an appropriate vehicle” with which to consider improper use of the DMCA
BREIN secures €10,000 settlement from IPTV seller
08 May 2017 | Amsterdam | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The provider supplied illegal IPTV subscriptions, both singularly, and preinstalled on media players, allowing users to access large amounts of illegal TV and movie streams
Michelman & Robinson hires fashion expert
08 May 2017 | New York | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Jeremy Richardson has joined the firm to focus on copyright and trademark disputes in the fashion industry
Intermountain lays claim to Utah hospital domains
05 May 2017 | Utah | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The healthcare company has retrieved 10 domains relating to its Cedar City hospital in Utah
Bristows promotes experienced IP tech lawyer
05 May 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Angela Fouracre will become the firm’s 41st partner
UK IP Unjustified Threats Bill receives royal assent
04 May 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The bill will provide protection for legal advisors and IP owners who face damages for “unjustified threats”
DLA Piper promotes four in IP
04 May 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
UK-based IP and technology lawyer Patrick Mitchell has been promoted to partner alongside Amanda Pilkington, Richard Cruz and John Nading
INTA launches Latin America and Caribbean office
04 May 2017 | Chile | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The Chile-based office will aim to develop trademark intensive industries, which already generate 18.5 million jobs
HGF promotes five
04 May 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The round of promotions will bring the total number of partners at the firm to 51
More than 400 rights holders and organisations have reportedly written to EU leaders to criticise the plan to introduce a cross-border portability right to allow users to take their online content between EU member states for short stints
AST launches IP3 2017
02 May 2017 | New Jersey | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The 2017 programme will target specific technologies, including the internet of things, content delivery systems and networking
USTR targets China, India and Canada in 301 report
28 April 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
China, India and Canada are sub-par intellectual property enforcers, according to the US Trade Representative’s 2017 Special 301 Report
Five million people in the UK use pirated TV streaming services
28 April 2017 | London | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
YouGov’s study found that 10 percent of the UK population currently have access to platforms such as illegal fully-loaded Kodi boxes and Amazon Fire TV chipped sticks
US House of Representatives passes copyright leadership bill
27 April 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The role of register of copyrights will become a presidential appointee
CJCH Solicitors secures new anti-piracy contracts
27 April 2017 | Cardiff | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The contracts bolster the firm’s new anti-piracy direction.
PIPCU launches IP Crime Directory
27 April 2016 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The database will provide law enforcement with better tools to tackle counterfeiting
Pre-installed software for piracy makes IPTV players illegal
26 April 2017 | Luxembourg | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The CJEU has ruled that any media player marketed and sold with pre-installed software allowing access to pirated content infringes the copyright owner’s right of distribution to the public
INTA welcomes World IP Day message
26 April 2017 | New York | Reporter: Barney Dixon
INTA says that WIPO’s message and its own goals are aligned
World IP Day: Innovation improves lives
26 April 2017 | Geneva | Reporter: Barney Dixon
WIPO director general Francis Gurry has praised innovation for improving people's lives
EPC calls on MEPs to support EU publishing right
26 April 2017 | Brussels | Reporter: Barney Dixon
EPC chair Christian Van Thillo said the right would secure a free and independent press for the foreseeable future.
Streaming booms as value gap bites
26 April 2017 | | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
The 5.9 percent rate of growth was the highest that IFPI has seen since it began tracking global sales in 1997. Total revenues for 2016 stood at $15.7 billion
RIAA lashes out at internet service provider
25 April 2017 | Texas | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
The Recording Industry Association of America has accused Grande Communications of copyright infringement, alleging the ISP refused to take meaningful against subscribers who repeatedly and illegally download music via BitTorrent networks
McGuireWoods snags ITC expert
24 April 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Steven Adkins has joined the firm’s Washington DC office as partner
Singapore High Court reaches landmark privacy ruling
24 April 2017 | Singapore | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The court dismissed applications from two production companies for the details of internet users who illegally downloaded their movies
China copyright monitoring website goes live
21 April 2017 | Beijing | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
The Copyright Monitoring Center’s website, www.12426.cn, offers registration services and monitoring of online and offline infringement
Allen & Overy promotes two in Europe
20 April 2017 | Amsterdam | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
These promotions follow the announcement earlier this year that Nicola Dagg will become the new head of the international IP group at Allen & Overy from next month
WiLAN diversifies in wake of patent licensing challenges
20 April 2017 | Ottawa | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
WiLAN is acquiring an internet of things company for $47.4 million as it looks to diversify away from its core patent licensing business
Star Wars: The Force Awakens parody returns to YouTube
19 April 2017 | California | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
Bad Lip Reading, a YouTuber who dubs others’ footage with comedic dialogue, has had its Star Wars: The Force Awakens parody reuploaded to the video sharing platform after it was taken down over copyright claims
DLA Piper recruits head of China patents
19 April 2017 | Shanghai | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
Hogan Lovells partner William Fisher has joined DLA Piper as head of its patent practice in China. He is based in Shanghai
Moncler stitches up cybersquatter
19 April 2017 | Geneva | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center panellist Warwick Rothnie ordered on 10 April that the 148 domains, all containing the Moncler trademark followed by a descriptive or geographical element, be transferred to the luxury brand
IBCAP and NAGRA expand anti-piracy partnership
18 April 2017 | | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
The expansion of IBCAP and NAGRA’s agreement comes amid a severe crackdown on IPTV set-top boxes and other, newer means of infringement
IACC welcomes IP enforcement coordinator nomination
13 April 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The group said that the position plays a vital role in developing and implementing a cohesive IP enforcement policy
China convicts 18,000 infringers
12 April 2017 | Beijing | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Authorities investigated more than 200,000 cases involving piracy and counterfeiting, arresting more than 22,000 suspects with a near 81 percent conviction rate
Trump to nominate new IP enforcement coordinator
11 April 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Vishal Amin, senior counsel to the House judiciary committee, is up for the role
TMG latest anti-piracy partner for beIN
10 April 2017 | Doha | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Sports broadcaster beIN has added another partner to its anti-piracy campaign, as it ramps up enforcement actions against online infringers
DLA Piper names trademark chair
10 April 2017 | California | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Gina Durham will chair the firm’s trademark, copyright and media practice
PIPCU and IACC respond to RogueBlock allegations
10 April 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Their new partnership prompted criticism from digital advocacy group the Electronic Frontier Foundation
Copyright royalties off the blockchain
07 April 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
A new system proposes using blockchain technology to share a database of musical work metadata to make royalty collection more efficient
Italian court backs legality of administrative website blocks
07 April 2017 | Lazio | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The regulation will allow AGCOM to continue to block any website deemed to be infringing copyright, without judicial review
IACC and PIPCU partner up
06 April 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The deal is an expansion of the IACC’s RogueBlock programme
Incopro partners with Corsearch
06 April 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The partnership will allow brands to monitor and protect their trademark and domain portfolios
Blizzard awarded $8.7 million in hacking infringement case
05 April 2017 | California | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The $8.7 million award covers 42,818 violations of the DMCA
MPA wins site block in Ireland
04 April 2017 | Dublin | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The injunction will block three prolific infringing sites from operating in Ireland
Trump takes on counterfeiting with executive order
04 April 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The order asks for new strategies to combat violations of US trade and custom laws, including counterfeiting
Bloomberg loses out on bloomberg.site
04 April 2017 | Minnesota | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
Bloomberg has failed in its bid to suspend an infringing domain name via the URS system. The domain name was registered by a Chinese registrant who did not respond to the complaint
beIN enlists Friend MTS
03 April 2017 | Birmingham | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The sports broadcaster will take advantage of the Friend MTS anti-piracy system
US complains about China’s piracy and counterfeiting problems
03 April 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Fake drugs, online piracy and bad faith trademark registrations contribute to US-China trade deficit
BPTO forms new trademark acceleration group
03 April 2017 | São Paulo | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office (BPTO) has created a new working group aimed at accelerating trademark application decisions
Diego Maradona complains about Pro Evo image use
31 March 2017 | Buenos Aires | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Maradona said he would refer Konami to his legal team over the unauthorised use of his image
New bill could remove satellite radio exemption
31 March 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The legislation would level the playing field between satellite and internet radio.
Bryan Cave expands German IP practice
31 March 2017 | Hamburg | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Dominik Weiß will lead the team in Germany as counsel
IMEC Hosting wins UDRP challenge on 20-year old domain
30 March 2017 | Minneapolis | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Despite broad and inaccurate claims, Imec International was not found guilty of reverse domain name hijacking
Speakers call for India to unite against piracy
30 March 2017 | Mumbai | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
Technology could be leveraged to bring about meaningful and effective solutions with the help of copyright owners, heard attendees of FICCI FRAMES
UK commits to Brexit unknown
29 March 2017 | London | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
The UK has officially pulled the trigger on Article 50 and commenced the two-year negotiation process that will end in its exit from the EU
Ted Baker chooses Incopro
29 March 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The brand will use Incopro’s Talisman technology to fight infringement.
CIPU adds IBM’s Schecter
28 March 2017 | New York | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The Center for IP Understanding has named Manny Schecter to its board of directors
Industry groups comment on copyright leadership bill
28 March 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The legislation has had mixed responses from the US Chamber of Commerce, Oracle and the Library Copyright Alliance
Greenberg Traurig adds all-rounder
28 March 2017 | Florida | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Greenberg Traurig has added Woodrow Pollack to its intellectual property and technology practice
Copyright leadership role a target of reform
27 March 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
The House of Representatives judiciary committee introduced the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act on 23 March
Court tells bee trap maker to buzz off
27 March 2017 | Alabama | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
The US District Court for the Northern District of Alabama issued a summary judgement in favour of eBay on 20 March
Young people more likely to buy counterfeits
24 March 2017 | Alicante | Reporter: Barney Dixon
But, overall, responses show a high level of support for intellectual property rights
Safe harbour reforms dropped from Australian bill
24 March 2017 | Canberra | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The reforms may have delayed passage of other important provisions
FilmOn X fails to get judicial support
23 March 2017 | California | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Classing the service as a ‘cable provider’ could “jeopardise” the values of the Copyright Act
Supreme Court rules in Star Athletica v Varsity Brands
23 March 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Ruling heralded as a “big step forward for clothing designers”
Amazon broadens anti-fakes fight
22 March 2017 | Las Vegas | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Brands should not “rest on their laurels” when it comes to the new initiative
CJCH to spearhead anti-piracy HQ
22 March 2017 | Cardiff | Reporter: Barney Dixon
CJCH Solicitors is backed by £432,000 from the Welsh government
Owner of .feedback lacks transparency
22 March 2017 | Los Angeles | Reporter: Barney Dixon
TLS owner Jay Westerdal "disappointed in a number of factors of the ruling"
Brazil floats new copyright rules under WTO
21 March 2017 | Brasília | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The new proposals were circulated in a paper on electronic commerce and copyright
Bristows boosts brands team
21 March 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Bristows has added a nine new trademark and IP disputes attorneys to its brands team
BREIN launches Usenet appeal
20 March 2017 | Amsterdam | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN is taking its battle against Usenet provider News Service Europe (NSE) to the Supreme Court of the Netherlands
Premier League granted live-blocking order
20 March 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The English Premier League has been granted a live-blocking order against the UK’s biggest ISPs
TMCH could ‘interfere’ with free expression
17 March 2017 | Los Angeles | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Academics and practitioners have penned a letter to top Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers officials, expressing concerns about its Trademark Clearinghouse
IACC president testifies in Italy
17 March 2017 | Rome | Reporter: Barney Dixon
International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition president Bob Barchiesi has called for further collaboration in the fight against counterfeiting before Italy’s parliamentary committee inquiry on counterfeiting
Baker McKenzie hires IP counsel
17 March 2017 | Dallas | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Baker McKenzie has hired Dyan House as counsel in Dallas
UDRP cases hit record in 2016
17 March 2017 | Geneva | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Trademark owners filed a record 3,036 UDRP cases through the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Center last year
New gTLDs attracting spammers, says IBM
16 March 2017 | New York | Reporter: Barney Dixon
New gTLDs are increasingly attracting spammers, according to a sneak peak of the IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Index 2017
Criminal counterfeiters targeting replicas
16 March 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Brands are increasingly prioritising replica products in the fight against counterfeiting due to criminals' behaviour
UKIPO ‘working hard’ to push IP issues in Brexit negotiations
16 March 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The UK Intellectual Property Office is working hard to push intellectual property issues to the forefront of Brexit negotiations, attendees heard at the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys Spring Conference in London
China heeds calls for tougher counterfeiting penalties
15 March 2017 | Beijing | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Director of the State Administration for Industry and Commerce, Zhang Mao, said his agency is "paying significant attention to this issue”. Premier Li Keqiang has also weighed in
Videogame hacker could pay $8.5 million
15 March 2017 | California | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
Blizzard Entertainment has demanded more than $8.5 million in damages from a company that develops hacks for some of its most popular videogames
MAPS fires broadside at piracy
14 March 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
PRS for Music’s Member Anti-Piracy System has located five million infringing URLs and removed more than 80 percent of reported links in the year since its launch
UKIPO launches study of IP enforcement framework
13 March 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) is soliciting bids for research into the effectiveness of the UK’s IP enforcement framework
SMEs to receive help with content licensing
13 March 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
A new project co-funded by EU Horizon 2020 aims to support small- and medium-sized entities (SMEs) in the creative content sector
Hoge Fenton reinforces IP department
13 March 2017 | Silicon Valley | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Hoge Fenton has added two attorneys to its intellectual property and privacy data security groups
Duane Morris hires IP all-rounder
10 March 2017 | Atlanta | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Duane Morris has hired IP expert Robin McGrath as partner in Atlanta
Survey: Half of consumers watch pirated content
10 March 2017 | Hoofddorp | Reporter: Barney Dixon
More than half of internet users who responded to a survey admitted to watching pirated video content online
Malta MEP rejects 20-year link right
09 March 2017 | Brussels | Reporter: Barney Dixon
A member of European Parliament for Malta, which also holds the presidency of the council, has called for the rejection of the publisher’s right contained in the European Commission’s proposals for a Digital Single Market
IPTV seller receives £250,000 fine
09 March 2017 | Teesside | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Malcolm Mayes has been sentenced to a 10 months in prison, suspended for one year, and fined £250,000 after admitting to selling modified IPTV boxes
Rockefeller strikes oil with 26 domain names
09 March 2017 | Geneva | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Rockefeller has recovered 26 domain names from a prolific cybersquatter
Alibaba bears its teeth at pet food counterfeiter
08 March 2017 | Hangzhou | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Alibaba has sued a Taobao merchant for selling counterfeit Mars pet food worth RMB 2.67 million ($386,500)
Nintendo wins flashcart battle
08 March 2017 | Ottawa | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Nintendo has won a copyright case in Canada against the seller of ‘flashcarts’ that allow users to install 'homebrew' software and use illegally acquired games on its consoles
Lawyer admits copyright troll charges
08 March 2017 | Minnesota | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
One of the lawyers behind alleged copyright troll Prenda Law has pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining $6 million from illegal copyright infringement lawsuits
Alibaba’s Jack Ma lends voice to calls for heavier penalties
07 March 2017 | Hangzhou | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Alibaba Group founder and chair Jack Ma has called for Chinese legislators to apply the same level of effort to increasing criminal penalties for counterfeiters as they did when cracking down on drunk driving
UKIPO predicts future trademark spikes
07 March 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The UK Intellectual Property Office expects to receive 5,000 more new applications this year than it did in 2016
Akin Gump hires Kevin Cadwell
07 March 2017 | Houston | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Akin Gump has added Kevin Cadwell as partner in Houston
UKIPO names new chief exec
06 March 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The UK Intellectual Property Office has appointed Tim Moss as its new chief executive
FriendMTS hires CISCO executive
06 March 2017 | Birmingham | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Anti-piracy system provider Friend MTS has appointed Jeremy Maddocks to its senior management team, with the aim to develop business opportunities internationally
Moose dusts knuckles to crack counterfeiter
06 March 2017 | Montreal | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Outerwear and lifestyle brand Moose Knuckles has been awarded $52 million in a counterfeiting and copyright infringement case against 26 China-based defendants
ORG and UKIPO clash over 10-year sentences
06 March 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Changes must be made to the criminal online copyright provisions of the Digital Economy Bill to prevent minor infringers from serving up to a decade behind bars, according to the Open Rights Group
UKIPO responds to ORG concerns
06 March 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The UK Intellectual Property Office has fired back at an Open Rights Group (ORG) campaign against new criminal copyright offences contained in the Digital Economy Bill 2016
Arent Fox hires litigator
03 March 2017 | Los Angeles | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Arent Fox has hired John Purcell as partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office
More to be done for digital sectors, says UK government
03 March 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The UK’s digital sectors contributed £118 billion to the economy in 2015, but there is more still to be done, according to a new policy paper from the government
Nominet names new chair
02 March 2017 | Oxford | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Mark Wood has been nominated as the new chair of .UK registry Nominet, following the departure of Baroness Rennie Fritchie
Operation Creative sees 64 percent drop in ad revenue
02 March 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
UK advertising on illegal and infringing websites has dropped by 64 percent as a result of the City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit’s Operation Creative
Filstream pirates taken down
02 March 2017 | Shenzhen | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Shenzhen police have arrested the owners and creators of the illegal pirate IPTV boxes, Filstream, which allows users to stream ABS-CBN content
Cut out retransmissions, no exceptions
01 March 2017 | Luxembourg | Reporter: Barney Dixon
A UK exception to copyright that was intended to broaden access to TV broadcasts cannot be applied to retransmissions over the internet because it contravenes EU law, according to the Court of Justice of the EU
€45.3 billion lost to counterfeit phones
28 February 2017 | Alicante | Reporter: Barney Dixon
An estimated €45.3 billion ($48 billion) was lost in 2015 due to counterfeit smartphones, according to the EU Intellectual Property Office
Nintendo throws banana peel under MariCar
28 February 2017 | Tokyo | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Nintendo has taken a Mario Kart-inspired road car rental service to court, claiming copyright infringement
China surpasses two million copyright registrations
27 February 2017 | Beijing | Reporter: Barney Dixon
China has surpassed two million copyright registrations in 2016, according to the National Copyright Administration of China
Alibaba calls for tougher counterfeit penalties
27 February 2017 | Hangzhou | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Alibaba Group has called for heavier criminal penalties against counterfeiters in China
The DNA backtracks on third-party copyright system
27 February 2017 | Massachusetts | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The Domain Name Association (DNA) is going back to the drawing board with its proposal for a UDRP-style system to resolve copyright infringement online, after its original plan was criticised
Rights holders and ISPs slam DMCA’s notice and takedown
24 February 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Rights holders and ISPs have slated the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s (DMCA) notice and takedown system in comments to the Copyright Office
LexOrbis opens offices in Mumbai
23 February 2017 | Mumbai | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Intellectual property law firm LexOrbis has opened a new office in Mumbai in an effort to further its reach to clients in Western India
20 domain names for Freddy
22 February 2017 | Geneva | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Scott Cawthon, creator of point and click survival horror game Five Nights at Freddy’s, has reclaimed 20 domain names in a World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration and Mediation Center ruling
Berger Singerman hires dispute resolution expert
21 February 2017 | Miami | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Berger Singerman has added Matthew Nelles to its dispute resolution team as partner
Lindsay Lohan v GTA is far from game over
21 February 2017 | New York | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Lindsay Lohan has been granted an appeal in her lawsuit against the maker of the Grand Theft Auto video games
Dotcom can be extradited
20 February 2017 | New Zealand | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The High Court of New Zealand has confirmed that Kim Dotcom, founder of file-sharing website Megaupload, can be extradited to the US
IP experts launch group dedicated to education
20 February 2017 | New York | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Experts have launched a new non-profit organisation aimed at promoting understanding of the importance and value of intellectual property
Google and Bing sign voluntary copyright code
20 February 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Google, Bing and creative industry groups have signed a voluntary code of practice covering the removal of links to infringing content from search results
EU's Article 13 ‘needs to be properly defined’
17 February 2017 | Brussels | Reporter: Barney Dixon
A rapporteur for the European Parliament committee on culture and education has submitted draft amendments to the proposed EU Digital Single Market copyright directive, arguing that Article 13 does not properly define its own scope
IP trade group singles out Canada
17 February 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The International Intellectual Property Alliance has named 16 countries, including Canada, that should be placed on the US Trade Representative’s annual list that names and shames jurisdictions that fail to protect US IP
Congress seeks to ‘modernise’ Copyright Office
16 February 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Members of US Congress have reintroduced bipartisan legislation for modernising the Copyright Office and housing it under the legislative branch of government
Rights holders reject Australian fair use
16 February 2017 | Canberra | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
Rights holder groups in Australia, including the Australian Recording Industry Association, have rejected claims that the country’s current copyright laws are too broad and inflexible
Google must pay $20 million for Chrome infringement
15 February 2017 | Texas | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Google must pay $20 million in damages for infringement of four patents related to anti-malware
Dickinson Wright hires music expert
15 February 2017 | Nashville | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Dickinson Wright has hired Noah McPike to join its Nashville office as of counsel
Search engines agree to voluntary copyright code
15 February 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Google and other search engines are close to agreeing a voluntary code to combat infringing content links in search results that will take effect on 1 June
Oracle revives Google case
14 February 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Oracle has revived its long running copyright dispute with Google over its Java application interfaces
EFF slams proposals for UDRP-style copyright infringement system
13 February 2017 | Massachusetts | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has slammed the Domain Name Association’s (DNA) proposal for a third-party copyright infringement system, calling it “ill-conceived” and “the very epitome of shadow regulation”
Spanish police raid ISP
13 February 2017 | Malaga | Reporter: Katherine Brown
Spanish police officers have raided an ISP after a tipoff from the Premier League
Alibaba highlights takedown abuse
09 February 2017 | Hangzhou | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
Alibaba Group has named and shamed a so-called IP agency that is filing false complaints to badger and blackmail merchants on its ecommerce platforms in a bid to minimise a practice that is drawing resources away from legitimate enforcement actions
Movie studios attempt to block access to infringing websites in Ireland
09 February 2017 | Dublin | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
Members of the Motion Picture Association in Europe have launched legal proceedings in Ireland in a bid to force eight ISPs to block access to three websites suspected of enabling copyright infringement
Domain Name Association backs UDRP-style copyright infringement system
09 February 2017 | Massachusetts | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
The Domain Name Association is supporting calls to implement a UDRP-style third-party system for copyright infringement
Illegal set-top sellers arrested
08 February 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Five people have been arrested for selling and distributing illegal set-top devices in the UK
Nelson Mullins sets new chair
08 February 2017 | Charleston | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough has named John McElwaine as managing partner of its Charleston office
Infringement could have $4.2 trillion impact in five years
07 February 2017 | Hong Kong | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Counterfeiting and piracy could cost $4.2 trillion globally by 2022, according to a new report...
McDonald Hopkins recruits trademark expert
07 February 2017 | Chicago | Reporter: Barney Dixon
McDonald Hopkins has bolstered its intellectual property department with counsel Stacey Kalamaras...
Dennemeyer opens Moscow office
06 February 2017 | Moscow | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Dennemeyer & Associates has opened a new office in Moscow...
Operation Team Player touches down
06 February 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) operation ‘Team Player’ resulted in the seizure of more than $20 million of counterfeit sports items ahead of yesterday’s Super Bowl...
Oculus CTO attacks ZeniMax expert
06 February 2017 | Texas | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Oculus chief technology officer John Carmack has released a statement attacking ZeniMax’s expert witness in Oculus v ZeniMax, following the conclusion of the high-profile $500 million copyright case...
Goldberg Kohn nabs new IP chair
06 February 2017 | Chicago | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Goldberg Kohn has appointed Marsha Hoover as principal and group chair of its intellectual property practice group...
Google overtakes Apple as most valuable brand
03 February 2017 | California | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Google has overtaken Apple as the world’s most valuable brand, according to Brand Finance’s Global 500 2017 report...
Paragon acquires majority stake in Novagraaf
03 February 2017 | Munich | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Private equity firm Paragon Partners has bought a majority stake in international patent and trademark consultancy Novagraaf.
Goodlatte commits to IP reform
02 February 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
US House Judiciary Committee chair, Bob Goodlatte has said the committee will commit to copyright and patent reform in 2017...
UK businesses face domain name scam
02 February 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has identified a new fraud that tricks unsuspecting applicants into buying domain names...
Oculus must pay $500 million
02 February 2017 | Texas | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Facebook-owned virtual reality company Oculus must pay $500 million to ZeniMax Media after it was found guilty of copyright infringement and violating a non-disclosure agreement...
Bird & Bird appoints partner in Singapore
02 February 2017 | Singapore | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Bird & Bird has appointed a new intellectual property partner in its Singapore office...
Olshan Frome Wolosky hires ex-Michael Kors counsel
01 February 2017 | New York | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Olshan Frome Wolosky has hired Lee Sporn as of counsel in its intellectual property law practice...
Trump nominates Gorsuch to Supreme Court
01 February 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
US President Donald Trump has nominated Neil Gorsuch to be an associate justice on the Supreme Court...
Author asks court to be his 12th Man
01 February 2017 | College Station | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Texas A&M University copied an author’s biography of famous ‘12th Man’ E King Gill and distributed it online in a bid to hold on to the American football fan’s historical association, a copyright infringement complaint has alleged...
BREIN hits Facebook pirate
01 February 2017 | Rotterdam | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN has settled a lawsuit with a Netherlands-based administrator who ran a Facebook page dedicated to illegally streaming movies...
McAfee denied injunction against Intel
31 January 2017 | New York | Reporter: Barney Dixon
A US district court has refused McAfee anti-virus system creator John McAfee’s plea for a preliminary injunction against Intel...
Cyber pro joins Bristows
30 January 2017 | London | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
Robert Bond has joined the commercial information technology team of Bristows in London as partner...
Copyright Alert System is no more
30 January 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
Major US ISPs and rights holders have abandoned the controversial six-strike Copyright Alert System...
Dennemeyer expands to Singapore
27 January 2017 | Singapore | Reporter: Katherine Brown
Intellectual Property service provider Dennemeyer has opened a new office in Singapore and appointed Jens Martin to head it...
Fitbit warns reseller to watch its step
27 January 2017 | California | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Activity tracking watchmaker Fitbit has taken an alleged counterfeiter to court after finding faulty “refurbished” versions of its products available on Groupon...
Copying Karaoke CDs is not trademark infringement, says court
27 January 2017 | Arizona | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Copying karaoke CDs onto computers for use in performances in no way constitutes trademark infringement, according to the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit...
‘Like’ seller loses domain names
26 January 2017 | Geneva | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Facebook and Instagram have recovered 101 domain names in a World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration and Mediation Center ruling from a business that sells social media followers and feedback...
Perfect 10 loses to Giganews
25 January 2017 | California | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Purported copyright troll Perfect 10 cannot directly sue an online service provider for images illegally shared by users over its network, according to the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit...
CorralRosales and Estudio Jurídico Gallegos merge
24 January 2017 | Ecuador | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Ecuadorian law firms CorralRosales and Estudio Jurídico Gallegos have merged...
Star Trek fan film settles at warp speed
23 January 2017 | California | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The contentious copyright lawsuit over Star Trek fan film Axanar has been settled out of court...
Musicians not fairly compensated, says musicFIRST
23 January 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Katherine Brown
Music advocacy group musicFIRST has penned a letter to US Congress, highlighting copyright concerns on behalf of “thousands” of American musicians...
Fintech expert joins Rimon Law
23 January 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Rimon Law has hired Marc Kaufman as partner in Washington DC...
One in three watch pirated content in US
20 January 2017 | The Netherlands | Reporter: Barney Dixon
One in three US consumers view pirated content, according to a new survey...
Orrick promotes IP partners
20 January 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Orrick has promoted two intellectual property attorneys to partner...
McCartney demands return of The Beatles back catalogue
19 January 2017 | New York | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Sir Paul McCartney has sued Sony/ATV in an effort to regain ownership of a catalogue of songs created by The Beatles that was once owned by Michael Jackson...
Trading tech patents upheld under Alice
19 January 2017 | Illinois | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Trading Technologies International’s electronic trading patents have been upheld under the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice v CLS Bank...
BT backs Get It Right Campaign
18 January 2017 | Birmingham | Reporter: Barney Dixon
BT has joined Sky and Virgin in the UK government-backed Get It Right From A Genuine Site educational campaign, which aims to reduce the amount of copyrighted content being illegally shared through peer-to-peer networks...
Fixing EULAs can improve copyright, says EFF
18 January 2017 | San Francisco | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has called on US Congress to forbid the use of end-user licence agreements (EULAs) to “improve copyright”...
BREIN removes 231 illegal sites
17 January 2017 | Hoofddorp | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN took down 231 illegal websites in 2016 as part of its enforcement actions...
FTC and DOJ update IP licensing guidelines
17 January 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and US Department of Justice (DOJ) have updated their 1995 Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property...
eBay launches authentication programme
16 January 2017 | San Jose | Reporter: Barney Dixon
eBay has launched a new authentication programme aimed at boosting consumer confidence and tackling counterfeits...
Article 13 could create a ‘censorship machine’
16 January 2017 | Brussels | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
A European public domain project has called on the EU to amend the controversial filtering requirement in its copyright reform proposals...
Ameranth to press on with mass infringement claims
16 January 2017 | California | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Internet solutions company Ameranth has been granted an order lifting the stay of more than 30 patent infringement cases, against defendants such as Pizza Hut, Oracle, Starbucks and Dominos...
China has an IP plan
16 January 2017 | Beijing | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
China has issued a new five-year plan on the protection and application of intellectual property rights...
Alibaba launches big data anti-counterfeiting alliance
16 January 2017 | Hangzhou | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Alibaba Group has entered a new anti-counterfeiting alliance with several international brands, including Louis Vuitton, Samsung and Mars...
No bills in fake pills
16 January 2017 | Potsdam | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Founding members of the ‘Pillendienst’ or ‘Pills service’ criminal group have been sentenced to imprisonment for up to five years...
PIPCU takes on piracy in London
13 January 2017 | London | Reporter: Katherine Brown
The City of London Police’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit has visited organisations found to be advertising on websites involved in digital piracy...
IBM and Sacem to track online royalties
13 January 2017 | Paris | Reporter: Barney Dixon
IBM has entered a 10-year strategic alliance with SACEM to develop URights, a copyright platform designed to track and capture the value of online music for both creators and publishers...
Ex US Copyright Office leader heads to trade group
13 January 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Former US register of copyright Maria Pallante has joined the Association of American Publishers as president and CEO...
Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp promotes in LA
12 January 2017 | Los Angeles | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp has promoted two intellectual property attorneys to partner...
Google ‘committed fraud’ with Content ID trademark application
12 January 2017 | Virginia | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Google committed fraud when it attempted to trademark its YouTube Content ID audio recognition software, according to a new challenge from Audible Magic...
Jo Johnson is new UK IP minister
11 January 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Jo Johnson has been announced as the new UK intellectual property minister following the departure of Baroness Lucy Neville-Rolfe from the role in December...
USPTO adds new advisory committee members
11 January 2017 | Virginia | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has added six new members to its patent and trademark advisory committees...
Osborne Clarke snags team from Rouse
11 January 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Osborne Clarke has boosted its intellectual property and trademark portfolio management practices with the addition of four new attorneys from Rouse Legal...
Clarivate Analytics appoints new CEO
11 January 2017 | Philadelphia | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Clarivate Analytics, formerly Thomson Reuters IP & Science, has appointed a new CEO...
Reddit and weep
10 January 2017 | Virginia | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Reddit’s application to register ‘AMA’ as a trademark has been denied in the US...
Star Trek fan film not fair use, says district court
10 January 2017 | California | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Star Trek fan film Axanar is not covered under fair use, according to a pre-trial judgement...
Publishing associations praise EU’s link right
10 January 2017 | Brussels | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Several newspaper and magazine publishers’ associations have expressed their support for the EU’s link right proposals ahead of debates in the European Parliament on copyright reform...
Operation Jianwang makes “great achievements”
09 January 2017 | Beijing | Reporter: Barney Dixon
A Chinese National Copyright Administration (NCA) operation has made “great achievements” in fighting piracy, according to officials...
Counterfeiter straightened out
09 January 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
A London man has been sentenced to 21 months in prison, suspended for two years, for counterfeiting...
474 domain names suspended in URS decision
06 January 2017 | Arcadia | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Ashley Furniture Industries has secured the suspension of 474 infringing domain names in an Alternative Dispute Resolution Forum Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) dispute...
Hogan Lovells promotes three
06 January 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Hogan Lovells has promoted three intellectual property attorneys to partner as part of 29 new elevations globally...
McRO case denied en banc rehearing
06 January 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Bandai Namco Games America has been denied an en banc rehearing in its cornerstone software patent case against McRO...
DLA Piper hires new IP partner in Leeds
05 January 2017 | Leeds | Reporter: Barney Dixon
DLA Piper has hired a new partner for its intellectual property group in Leeds...
Australia needs better copyright enforcement, says commission
05 January 2017 | Canberra | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Australian consumers bear the brunt of copyright enforcement, according to a final report from the government’s productivity commission...
Alibaba takes Taobao counterfeiter to court
05 January 2017 | Shenzhen | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Alibaba Group has sued two vendors that used the Taobao marketplace to sell counterfeit Swarovski watches, claiming RMB 1.4 million ($203,000) in damages for contract and goodwill violations...
Exchanges put stock in UDRP process
04 January 2017 | Geneva | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The Chicago Mercantile Exchange, the Board of Trade of the City of Chicago and the New York Mercantile Exchange have recovered domains that took advantage of their registered trademarks on the new .exchange gTLD...
IACC enlists Italian university for MarketSafe review
03 January 2017 | Trento | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition has enlisted the University of Trento in Italy to conduct an independent review into the IACC MarketSafe Expansion Program...
BMG pooh-poohs Cox appeal
03 January 2017 | Virginia | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Music rights group BMG Rights Management has responded to Cox Communications's $25 million damages appeal after the ISP was found guilty of willful contributory copyright infringement...
RUN-DMC sues sellers for $50 million
03 January 2017 | New York | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Rap group Run-DMC has sued Amazon and Wal-Mart for more than $50 million over allegations of trademark infringement...
Nokia and Apple resume hostilities
23 December 2016 | California | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
Nokia has lodged complaints against Apple in the Regional Courts in Dusseldorf, Mannheim and Munich, Germany, as well as in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas...
Beware of trademark scammers, says USPTO
22 December 2016 | Virginia | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
The US Patent and Trademark Office has warned trademark applicants to be wary of scammers after two men pleaded guilty to charges of mail fraud and money laundering for their parts in a $1.66 million mass-mailing scam targeting brands...
Alibaba slams return to notorious markets list
22 December 2016 | Washington DC | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
The US Trade Representative’s decision to return the Taobao marketplace to the Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets “ignores the real work” that its parent, Alibaba Group, has done against counterfeiters...
Pre-1972 recordings denied protection in New York
21 December 2016 | New York | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
The New York State Court of Appeals has all but killed off hopes for a court resolution to the issue of a right to control public performances of pre-1972 copyrighted sound recordings...
Australian ISPs told to block BitTorrent sites
20 December 2016 | Sydney | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
Four Australian ISPs have been ordered to block access to BitTorrent websites that facilitate massive copyright infringement...
'Porn trolls' face fraud charges
19 December 2016 | Minnesota | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
Two lawyers who extracted millions of dollars in settlements from alleged illegal downloaders of adult movies have been arrested and accused of engaging in widespread fraud...
Chart pirate sentenced to 12 months
19 December 2016 | Liverpool | Reporter: Barney Dixon
A Liverpool man who admitted to illegally distributing hundreds of thousands of music tracks has been sentenced to 12 months in prison...
Varnum promotes two to partner
19 December 2016 | Michigan | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Michigan-based law firm Varnum has promoted Charles Gray and Timothy Kroninger to partner...
Alibaba wields Cloud Sword
16 December 2016 | Beijing | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Operation Cloud Sword, a joint effort between Alibaba Group and Chinese law enforcement, has cracked down on 417 counterfeit production rackets...
Forum shopping decision could reduce patent lawsuits
16 December 2016 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
A US Supreme Court decision on forum shopping could lead to a reduction in patent lawsuits overall...
Trump must fix copyright, say rights holders
15 December 2016 | Washington DC | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
Rights holder groups have wasted little time in petitioning President-Elect Donald Trump, with the music industry and newspaper publishers calling on him to tighten copyright law...
Service providers must submit designations online
14 December 2016 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The US Copyright Office has issued new regulations for service providers who wish to qualify for safe harbour protection...
UK consumers back ad-funded videos
14 December 2016 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
More than half of UK consumers are happy for advertising to disrupt online videos, as long as they don’t have to pay directly for content, according to Limelight Networks...
Obama administration releases three-year IP plan
14 December 2016 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
In a final push before the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, the Obama administration has released a new three-year intellectual property enforcement plan, with the internet high on the agenda...
IPTV pirate gets four years
13 December 2016 | London | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
An illegal seller of internet protocol TV devices has been sentenced to four years in prison...
EPC responds to 20-year link right denouncement
12 December 2016 | Brussels | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The European Publishers Council (EPC) has responded to assertions from the Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) that EU proposals for a 20-year link right are “detrimental for authors”...
YouTube and NMPA reach royalty deal
12 December 2016 | California | Reporter: Barney Dixon
YouTube and the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) have negotiated an agreement to distribute royalties for music used in videos where ownership of the music was previously unknown...
Copyright industries bring $1.2 trillion to the US
09 December 2016 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Copyright industries contribute $1.2 trillion to the US economy and employ 5.5 million workers, according to a new report from the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA)...
Copyright troll must pay $17k to alleged infringer
09 December 2016 | Oregon | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Cobbler Nevada has been told to pay approximately $17,000 to a man it erroneously accused of copyright infringement...
Buchalter hires litigator
09 December 2016 | Los Angeles | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Buchalter has hired intellectual property expert Gabriel Green as shareholder in the firm’s Los Angeles office...
Brands can learn from Vegas Golden Knights
09 December 2016 | Virginia | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Brands looking to consider register a trademark in the future would be wise to consider the Vegas Golden Knights situation, according to Julian Perlman, partner at Phillips Nizer...
Hacker gets five years
08 December 2016 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Prolific hacker and copyright infringer Alonzo Knowles, also known as Jeff Moxey, has been sentenced to five years in prison...
20-year link right detrimental to authors, says CEIPI
08 December 2016 | Brussels | Reporter: Barney Dixon
EU proposals for a 20-year link right are “detrimental for authors’ interests”, according to the Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI)...
YouTube’s $1 billion not a reason to celebrate, says IFPI
07 December 2016 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) has poured scorn on YouTube’s claim that it the $1 billion it had paid to the music industry over the past year is sufficient...
Ambien domain names put to bed
07 December 2016 | Geneva | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Ambien manufacturer Sanofi has reclaimed 21 domain names following a World Intellectual Property Organisation Arbitration and Mediation Center ruling...
As seen on Amazon: Snuggie maker rises up
07 December 2016 | New York | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Makers of ‘As Seen on TV’ products including the Snuggie have sued Amazon for trademark infringement because it allowed a large number of counterfeits to be sold through its platform...
Supreme Court reverses Samsung v Apple
06 December 2016 | Washington DC | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
The US Supreme Court has reversed the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s decision in Samsung v Apple, finding its reading of “article of manufacture” to be too narrow...
Spencer Fane joins with Berenbaum Weinshienk
06 December 2016 | Denver | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Law firm Spencer Fane has combined with Berenbaum Weinshienk. The new firm will retain the Spencer Fane name and cover a variety of areas, including intellectual property...
Squire Patton Boggs recruits brand management team
06 December 2016 | Frankfurt | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Squire Patton Boggs has hired a three-partner team to focus on brand management in its Frankfurt office...
US to hold public meeting on copyright marketplace
06 December 2016 | Virginia | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The US Department of Commerce’s internet policy taskforce is holding a public meeting to discuss ways to promote a collaborative online marketplace for copyrighted works...
EUIPO counts cost of counterfeiting and piracy
05 December 2016 | Alicante | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Counterfeiting and piracy cost up to £71 billion and 790,000 jobs every year across the EU, according to a study conducted the EU IP Office (EUIPO)...
Quatela Lynch adds McCurdy
05 December 2016 | New York | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Quatela Lynch Intellectual Property has added IP expert Dan McCurdy as partner...
Duran Duran loses High Court copyright battle
05 December 2016 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Pop group Duran Duran has lost a UK High Court of Justice lawsuit over the US rights to some of their most popular songs...
My spa will go on: Titanic trademark dispute
02 December 2016 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Titanic Spa has won a High Court decision to “protect its brand” following alleged trademark infringement by the Titanic Hotel Liverpool...
McAfee Labs targets IoT as IP security risk
02 December 2016 | Slough | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) could be a gateway to data and intellectual property theft, according to McAfee Labs’ 2017 Threat Predictions report...
IP Summit: Any portability in a storm
01 December 2016 | Brussels | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
In-house experts at the IP Summit reacted to the news that the EU Regulation on Cross-Border Portability had passed the parliamentary legal affairs committee, urging further tweaks and amendments before trilogue discussions proceed...
IP Summit: It’s customary to fight fakers
01 December 2016 | Brussels | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
Intellectual property rights are at the heart of what the World Customs Organization (WCO) is doing, attendees heard at the IP Summit in Brussels...
IP Summit: It’s not me, it’s EU
01 December 2016 | Brussels | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
The aim of the Digital Single Market legislative proposals issued this year was to open up borders and modernise copyright laws across the EU, attendees of the IP Summit heard in Brussels...
BakerHostetler announces IP promotion
30 November 2016 | Seattle | Reporter: Barney Dixon
BakerHostetler has announced the promotion of Timothy Casey to partner-in-charge of the firm’s Seattle office...
District court convicts energy drink counterfeiters
30 November 2016 | California | Reporter: Barney Dixon
A US district court has convicted two suspects in a food and beverage counterfeiting operation, resulting in a $20 million judgement...
Iceland Foods responds to trademark dispute
29 November 2016 | Flintshire | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Iceland Foods has further defended its use of the Iceland trademark in the wake of new legal action from the Icelandic government...
Operation In Our Sites VII takes down thousands
29 November 2016 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has seized more than 4,500 infringing websites and third-party marketplaces to defend against counterfeiting on Cyber Monday...
TiVo and Netflix sign IP deal
29 November 2016 | California | Reporter: Barney Dixon
TiVo has signed an intellectual property and product agreement with Netflix following a five-year patent infringement lawsuit...
Instagram takes action against Microsoft mark
28 November 2016 | Virginia | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Social media platform Instagram has launched an opposition against Microsoft’s new pending trademark for Actiongram...
Legal streaming tops consumption in Australia
28 November 2016 | Canberra | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Legal streaming services are the preferred method of media consumption in Australia after a fall in the proportion of users accessing unlawful content online, according to a recent report...
Icelandic government grabs for EU Iceland trademark
25 November 2016 | Reykjavik | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The Icelandic government has launched legal action against UK supermarket Iceland Foods to reclaim the Europe-wide trademark currently held by the frozen food specialist...
New partner at Crowell & Moring LLP
25 November 2016 | New York | Reporter: Katherine Brown
Crowell & Moring LLP has recruited Sarah Gilbert as a partner in its commercial litigation group...
NZ Copyright Tribunal confirms reappointments
25 November 2016 | Wellington | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The New Zealand Copyright Tribunal has reappointed Jane Glover, Sarah Bacon and Sarah-Jane Weir...
PIPCU arrests Brotherhood infringer
25 November 2016 | Maidstone | Reporter: Barney Dixon
A 35-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of making 2016 movie Brotherhood available to buy on the dark web weeks before its official release...
ICE warns of Black Friday and Cyber Monday fakes
25 November 2016 | New York | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Counterfeiting threatens national security and endangers the health and safety of consumers, according to two law enforcement agencies at a joint media event earlier this week...
NZ to update copyright regulations
24 November 2016 | Wellington | Reporter: Barney Dixon
New Zealand’s government is planning to update its copyright laws to fulfil the country’s international obligations...
Madden coder hit with Court of Appeals block
24 November 2016 | California | Reporter: Barney Dixon
A video game coder’s attempt to recoup missed royalties from Electronic Arts’s (EA) popular Madden football game has been shot down by the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit...
ITMA becomes CITMA
24 November 2016 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA) has formally become the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA) after being granted a royal charter earlier this year...
China heads up trademark filings
23 November 2016 | Geneva | Reporter: Barney Dixon
An estimated six million trademark applications covering 8.4 million classes were filed globally in 2015, with China leading the charge...
Kilpatrick Townsend adds litigator in California
23 November 2016 | San Diego | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Kilpatrick Townsend has recruited Nancy Stagg as partner in San Diego...
BRICS: Trademark-charged brands boom
22 November 2016 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Intangible assets such as trademarks are increasingly making up a significant proportion of a brand’s value...
BRICS: Copyright fight lost in Russia and India
22 November 2016 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Russia and India have become so difficult to navigate that the Business Software Alliance has abandoned its enforcement programmes in those jurisdictions, attendees heard at the 2016 BRICS IP Forum in London...
Online fakes cost up to €167 billion annually
22 November 2016 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Brand protection firm NetNames has released new research estimating that EU member states are losing more than €167 billion to online counterfeits annually...
EU law boosts French authors’ rights
21 November 2016 | Luxembourg | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Authors must be made aware of any plans to release digital versions of their out-of-print books, according to the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU)...
Chatroulette scores 15 domain name bonanza
21 November 2016 | Geneva | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Online chat platform Chatroulette has recovered 15 domain names from five different registrants following a World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration and Mediation Center ruling...
Blockai adds Instagram copyright protection
21 November 2016 | San Fransico | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Blockchain-based copyright protection platform Blockai has announced new integration with Instagram...
Domain names in .blog available on Monday
18 November 2016 | San Fransico | Reporter: Barney Dixon
WordPress.com owner Automattic is making .blog available to the general public as of 21 November, following a somewhat controversial landrush period...
Internet Association provides Trump with IP policy
17 November 2016 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
More than 40 key players in internet business, including Google, Netflix, Amazon and Twitter, have delivered new US President-Elect Donald Trump a roadmap on intellectual property policy...
Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg opts for IP litigator
17 November 2016 | Chicago | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg has hired Olivia Luk Bedi as partner to the firm’s intellectual property practice...
Prince’s estate rides Tidal wave against Jay Z
17 November 2016 | Minnesota | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Prince’s estate and record label NPG Records have filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Jay Z’s Tidal service over the streaming rights to more than a dozen albums...
Court sees through Dropbox trademark claim
17 November 2016 | California | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Cloud storage system Dropbox has been granted a summary judgement after an accusation of trademark infringement from Thru...
Dentons recruits new head of IP prosecution
17 November 2016 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Denton’s has recruited Dr Justin Hill as partner and the new head of its patent prosecution and opposition practices in Europe...
Simmons & Simmons adds partner in Germany
17 November 2016 | Munich | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Simmons & Simmons has reinforced its international Germany-based intellectual property group with new partner Michael Knospe, who join’s the firm’s Munich office...
US Navy fires broadsides at Bitmanagement
16 November 2016 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The US Navy has responded to accusations that it infringed German software developer Bitmanagement’s copyrighted 3D virtual reality software, BS Contact Geo...
Source code proposal not up to scratch
16 November 2016 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
A regulatory proposal from the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission has drawn concerns from the Futures Industry Association over the potential side effects for source code protection...
BPAC: Understanding and communication are key
15 November 2016 | Berlin | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Building an effective brand and trademark protection strategy requires clear understanding and company-wide communication, attendees heard at the 2016 Brand Protection & Anti-Counterfeiting Summit...
BPAC: Enforcers need details
15 November 2016 | Berlin | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Intellectual property infringement evidence is vital to creating good policy to protect rights owners, according to a speaker at the 2016 Brand Protection and Anti-Counterfeiting Summit...
BPAC: eBay promises VeRO boost
15 November 2016 | Berlin | Reporter: Barney Dixon
eBay is planning to develop its cooperation with brands under its VeRO Programme, attendees heard at the 2016 Brand Protection and Anti-Counterfeiting Summit...
US Copyright Office needs more info on DMCA
15 November 2016 | Washington DC | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
The US Copyright Office is seeking further feedback on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s safe harbour provisions, with many respondents so far stressing the need for a notice-and-stay-down requirement...
BPAC: Authentication required
14 November 2016 | Berlin | Reporter: Barney Dixon
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Physical and digital product authentication can greatly increase protection of a brand owner’s product, according to panellists at the 2016 Brand Protection & Anti-Counterfeiting Summit...
Nominet: Suspensions soar in .uk
14 November 2016 | London | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
The number of .uk domain names that were suspended between 1 November 2015 and 31 October 2016 almost doubled year over year, according to registry Nominet...
Court of Appeal upholds pub landlord fine
14 November 2016 | London | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
The UK Court of Appeal has backed a decision to fine a pub landlord for showing Premier League football matches using a foreign-channel satellite card...
Hilco Global launches new IP financing division
11 November 2016 | Illinois | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Financial services company Hilco Global has launched a new operating company, Hilco IP Merchant Banking, with Michael Friedman acting as CEO...
INTA unveils 2017 leadership
11 November 2016 | New York | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The International Trademark Association (INTA) has confirmed who will be taking over as its president in 2017, plus a host of executive and board changes for next year...
Arnold & Porter and Kaye Scholer become one
11 November 2016 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Law firms Arnold & Porter and Kaye Scholer have agreed to merge, bringing the combined firm’s total number of lawyers to nearly 1,000 in 13 offices worldwide...
TiVo’s appeal cut short
11 November 2016 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has affirmed a district court ruling against two patents in a five-year infringement lawsuit between Netflix and TiVo...
Rubik’s Cube shape not a trademark, says CJEU
10 November 2016 | Luxembourg | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The Rubik’s Cube shape is not a trademark, according to a new judgement from the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU)...
Ticket reseller fails to grab ticketsmofo.com
10 November 2016 | Geneva | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Ticket reseller Vivid Seats has won six domain names in a World Intellectual Property Organisation Arbitration and Mediation Center ruling, but a seventh was denied...
FACT up, look sharp
09 November 2016 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) is expanding its services in a bid to worker with a broader range of IP owners...
Thompson Hine hires IP litigators
09 November 2016 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Thompson Hine has added Thomas Southard and Brian Seal as partner and senior counsel, respectively, to its Washington DC office...
ITMA attends India’s TECH summit
09 November 2016 | New Delhi | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys president Kate O’Rourke will join Indian government leaders in industry and research to promote the UK’s intellectual property profession...
US presidential candidates victims of cybersquatting
09 November 2016 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
US presidential candidates as well as congressmen and women were the victims of large-scale cybersquatting in the run-up to this year’s elections, according to the Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse (CADNA)...
UK signs IP agreement with India
08 November 2016 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
UK and India heads of state Theresa May and Narendra Modi have witnessed the signing of a significant intellectual property agreement between the two countries...
Sweden furnishes counterfeiters with prison time
08 November 2016 | Stockholm | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The Stockholm Patent and Market Court has sentenced four company executives to up to 18 months in prison for the online sale of counterfeit furniture...
Music industry asks US to support EU copyright reform
07 November 2016 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Music industry associations have penned a letter to the US ambassador to the EU, Anthony Gardner, asking that the government support Article 13 of the proposed EU Copyright Directive...
Trade groups have their heads in the Cloudflare
07 November 2016 | San Fransico | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Cloudflare has issued a rebuttal to the US Trade Representative (USTR) in response to assertions that the content delivery network provider should be placed on the Notorious Markets list...
US government to weigh in on ‘Dancing Baby’ case
04 November 2016 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The US government has been invited to give its opinion on the infamous ‘Dancing Baby’ copyright infringement case...
Jaguar Land Rover wins 175 domain challenge
03 November 2016 | Geneva | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Jaguar Land Rover has recovered 174 infringing domain names and one other has been cancelled in a World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Center ruling...
Latham & Watkins promotes four IP attorneys
03 November 2016 | California | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Latham & Watkins has promoted four IP attorneys across its US and UK offices...
Microsoft wins $250,000 in copyright dispute
03 November 2016 | | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Microsoft Australia has received a $250,000 out of court settlement over a copyright infringement dispute with an online PC store...
Osler hires IP specialist
02 November 2016 | Toronto | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt has hired May Cheng as a partner to lead its national intellectual property practice group...
YouTube unveils improved Content ID
02 November 2016 | California | Reporter: Barney Dixon
YouTube’s new Content ID update is now available to content creators on the platform...
YouTube and GEMA end war of musical works
02 November 2016 | Berlin | Reporter: Barney Dixon
GEMA artists will receive remuneration from YouTube for their copyrighted musical works after the signing of a new agreement...
TiVo renews IP licences with Panasonic
01 November 2016 | Kadoma | Reporter: Barney Dixon
TiVo Corporation and its subsidiary, Rovi, have renewed a multi-year licensing agreement with Panasonic Corporation...
Valentino bags infringing domain names
31 October 2016 | Geneva | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Fashion brand Valentino has recovered 14 domain names in a World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Center ruling...
Snapchat rebrand angers social media rival
31 October 2016 | New York | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Social media app Snapchat has been accused of trademark infringement after changing its name to ‘Snap’...
Tinder reclaims 15 domains
28 October 2016 | Geneva | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Tinder has swiped 15 domain names from cybersquatters following a World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Center ruling...
Gowling WLG hires IP specialist in Dubai
28 October 2016 | Dubai | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Gowling WLG has hired IP specialist Vanessa Delnaud as senior associate in its Dubai office...
ITMA announces CITMA launch
28 October 2016 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA) will be unveiled on 24 November...
Marks & Clerk makes round of promotions
28 October 2016 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Marks & Clerk has promoted five attorneys to partner across its UK offices, as well as in Hong Kong and Singapore...
Oracle tries for a retrial
28 October 2016 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Oracle will appeal against the latest decision in its long running copyright dispute with Google over its Java application interfaces (APIs)...
Maddocks secures IT and IP specialist
27 October 2016 | Sydney | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Maddocks has hired Brendan Tomlinson, an experienced IT and IP lawyer, as special counsel.
TV broadcasts ‘not’ a communication to the public
27 October 2016 | Luxembourg | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Hotels offering TV broadcasts to guests may not require a licence, a Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) advocate general has suggested...
Update: .Feedback responds to brand complaint
27 October 2016 | California | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The allegations levelled against the registry behind the .feedback TLD are “wild” and “baseless”, according to its owner, Jay Westerdal...
Brand owners blast .feedback owner
26 October 2016 | California | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Adobe and Facebook are among several brands demanding an investigation into the owner of the .feedback TLD...
Maria Pallante refuses digital strategy job
26 October 2016 | Washington DC | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
US register of copyright Maria Pallante has declined to take up her new role as senior advisor for digital strategy...
Second Circuit keeps MP3tunes suit alive
26 October 2016 | New York | Reporter: Barney Dixon
EMI Group can pursue additional copyright infringement claims against MP3tunes.com, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled...
Warner Bros sues to prevent movie leaks
25 October 2016 | California | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Warner Bros has filed a lawsuit against talent agency Innovative Artists for alleged copyright infringement in a bid to stop copies of its movies from being leaked online...
PIPCU makes video game arrests
25 October 2016 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has arrested two men for copyright infringement and money-laundering offences in relation to the illegal distribution of copyright-protected video games...
IP a high earner in the EU, finds top agencies
25 October 2016 | Alicante | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Over 42 percent of total economic activity in the EU is generated by intellectual property rights-intensive industries, according to a study from the European Patent Office (EPO) and the EU IP Office (EUIPO)...
Library of Congress appoints register of copyrights
25 October 2016 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The US Library of Congress (LoC) has appointed Karyn Temple Claggett as the new acting register of copyright...
Dinsmore & Shohl bags experienced IP partner
24 October 2016 | Pittsburgh | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Dinsmore & Shohl has added intellectual property attorney Leland Scherme, as partner in its Pittsburgh office...
Instagram filters four domains
24 October 2016 | Geneva | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Instagram has reclaimed four domain names following a World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Center ruling...
BMW ignores red light
24 October 2016 | California | Reporter: Barney Dixon
BMW has infringed two patents relating to smart home technology and mobile applications, according to a lawsuit filed by West View Research in California...
Greenspoon Marder launches IP practice in Nashville
21 October 2016 | Nashville | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Greenspoon Marder has launched an intellectual property practice group at its new office in Nashville, Tennessee, and hired Dr Kelly Hollowell as its chair...
Keeping samples is not infringement, says Second Circuit
21 October 2016 | New York | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has affirmed a district court summary judgement that found bookseller Barnes & Noble innocent of copyright infringement...
Morrison & Foerster boosts IP litigation departments
20 October 2016 | New York | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Morrison & Foerster has added two patent attorneys to its intellectual property litigation practices in New York and Washington DC. David Manspeizer and Greg Chopskie are experienced in the pharma and biotech industries...
PODS wins landmark $41.4 million
20 October 2016 | Florida | Reporter: Barney Dixon
U-Haul International will pay PODS Enterprises $41.4 million in one of the largest trademark settlements on record...
Chart pirate pleads guilty
20 October 2016 | Liverpool | Reporter: Barney Dixon
A man in the UK has been convicted of illegally distributing hundreds of thousands of music tracks following a joint investigation by the City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) and PRS for Music...
O’Melveny & Myers boosts Silicon Valley office
19 October 2016 | Silicon Valley | Reporter: Barney Dixon
O’Melveny & Myers has added partner Melody Drummond Hansen to its Silicon Valley office...
Google’s Nomulus hits the streets
19 October 2016 | California | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Google has launched a new open source cloud-based registry platform to power its TLDs...
University of Kentucky appoints McClure
19 October 2016 | Kentucky | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The University of Kentucky Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) has hired experienced intellectual property and corporate transaction attorney Ian McClure as director...
Own content more profitable, says Netflix
18 October 2016 | California | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Netflix plans to focus more on self-producing than licensing content from third-party producers and networks in the future, its latest financial results have revealed...
Copyright Clearance Center launches music licensing tool
18 October 2016 | Massachusetts | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) has launched RightFind Music, a website designed to help customers find, download and manage music from APM Music’s library of licensed tracks...
UK’s 10-year sentence is ‘manifestly disproportionate’
17 October 2016 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The Open Rights Group (ORG) has opposed the bill that will introduce a 10-year sentence for digital pirates in the UK, bringing punishments for online infringement in line with physical sentences...
CJEU limits exhaustion on back-up copies
17 October 2016 | Luxembourg | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Lawful acquirers of a copy of a computer program accompanied by an unlimited licence may not resell a legitimate back-up copy without the copyright holder’s permission, the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) has ruled...
Rimini to pay $74 million to Oracle
14 October 2016 | Nevada | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Rimini Street must pay $73.9 million to software company Oracle following a year-long copyright dispute...
ICANN: new gTLD registrations on the rise
13 October 2016 | Los Angeles | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The number of new global top-level domain (gTLD) registrations is on the up, according to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...
MPAA sorts notorious from nice
12 October 2016 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The Pirate Bay and KickAss Torrents, among others, should be classed as ‘notorious markets’ according to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)...
Alibaba a “notorious market” says AAFA
11 October 2016 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Alibaba should be listed as a ‘notorious market’, according to a joint letter from member companies of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA)...
Patents a “terrible fit” for software
11 October 2016 | Delaware | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Copyright is a sufficient system for protecting software and the patent system is a “terrible fit”, a US Federal Circuit judge has said...
Samsung v Apple: SCOTUS to hear arguments
10 October 2016 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Samsung Electronics v Apple on 11 October, with design patents under the microscope...
Mozilla wins back infringing domain
07 October 2016 | Geneva | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Firefox developer Mozilla has reclaimed an infringing domain name that was filed in bad faith...
GoDaddy hits 1 million .uk registrations
06 October 2016 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Domain registrar GoDaddy has facilitated the registration of one million .UK domain names...
ITC launches investigation into SK hynix
06 October 2016 | California | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The US International Trade Commission (ITC) has instituted an investigation into SK hynix for potential unfair trade practices relating to RDIMM and LRDIMM computer memory products...
EFF in another DMCA row
05 October 2016 | South Carolina | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has filed a lawsuit against the US Department of Justice (DOJ) to protect a professor from prosecution under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)...
Bird & Bird scores hattrick of new partners
05 October 2016 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Bird & Bird has hired three new partners to its intellectual property departments. ..
Bing unveils new DMCA dashboard
04 October 2016 | Washington | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Microsoft’s Bing has unveiled a new online Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) dashboard to allow users to report copyright infringement listed by the search engine...
Thomson Reuters completes sale of IP & Science
04 October 2016 | New York | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Thomson Reuters has completed the sale of its Intellectual Property & Science business to Onex and Baring Private Equity Asia for $3.55 billion...
Honigman Miller rocks the Hanba
04 October 2016 | Chicago | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn has hired Christopher Hanba as a partner in its intellectual property litigation practice group based in Chicago...
Kirkland & Ellis promotes 81 attorneys
04 October 2016 | New York | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Kirkland & Ellis has promoted 81 attorneys to partner across its US and international offices, including 10 in its intellectual property department...
IP viewed as ‘fair game’ online, says IPO report
03 October 2016 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Some 84 percent of online marketplace takedowns relate to Amazon- or eBay-listed sites, according to a UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) report...
Google stays on top in Java API case
30 September 2016 | California | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Oracle has lost its latest bid for a renewed motion for judgment in its long-standing copyright dispute with Google over its Java application interfaces (APIs)...
GSMA partners up with WCO
29 September 2016 | Brussels | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The Groupe Spécial Mobile Association (GSMA) has partnered up with the World Customs Organization (WCO) to fight counterfeiting and fraudulent trading of mobile devices...
Donuts unveils DPML Plus
28 September 2016 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Domain registrar Donuts has added an extension to its Domains Protected Marks List (DPML), which allows brand owners to protect their trademarks across all of its TLDs...
Federal Circuit affirms PTAB decision in CBM review
28 September 2016 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has affirmed a Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) covered business method (CBM) review decision that found Intertainer’s patent for interactive video content to be invalid...
Chadbourne & Park bags ex-Panasonic counsel
28 September 2016 | New York | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Chadbourne & Park has hired Michael Solomita as partner in the firm’s intellectual property practice in its New York office...
Record labels hold infringer liable
27 September 2016 | California | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Record labels including Sony Music and Capitol Records have filed a joint copyright infringement lawsuit against the owners of MP3 ripping site YouTube-MP3.org...
IACC partners up with City of London Police
26 September 2016 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC) has agreed a new memorandum of understanding with the City of London Police...
Allen & Overy snags two from Simmons & Simmons
26 September 2016 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Allen & Overy has hired two more partners to join its international IP practice, based in London...
Third time’s the charm for Microsoft
23 September 2016 | Wisconsin | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Microsoft has launched a third copyright infringement suit against Anthony Boldin, who does business as greenforestsoftware.com, for illegally selling activation keys for its products...
Delhi High Court rules against ‘divine’ copyright
22 September 2016 | Delhi | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Copyright is not an “inevitable, divine, or natural right”, the Delhi High Court has ruled, allowing Delhi University to release photocopies of major textbooks for students...
DLA Piper combines with Dimock Stratton
21 September 2016 | Toronto | Reporter: Barney Dixon
DLA Piper has announced an agreement to combine with intellectual property law firm Dimock Stratton...
CIPA: UK is an important part of EU IP
20 September 2016 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The UK should continue to participate in the Unified Patent Court (UPC) following its exit from the European Union, according to the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA)...
CJEU rules in public WiFi case
19 September 2016 | Luxembourg | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Operators of free WiFi networks are not liable for copyright infringements committed by users of that network, according to a new ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU)...
IACC combats Italian counterfeits
16 September 2016 | Rome, Italy | Reporter: Barney Dixon
In an effort to combat Italian counterfeiters, the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Guardia di Finanza (GdF)...
DNS transition must not delay, say US tech companies
15 September 2016 | Los Angeles | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Facebook, Twitter and Google are among 27 US technology companies that have signed a letter to the US Congress asking that it does not delay transfer of domain name system powers...
New face in Eckert Seamans IP team
15 September 2016 | Philadelphia | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Eckert Seamans has welcomed intellectual property (IP) attorney Christina Frangiosa as a member of its Philadelphia office...
Copyright reforms are go
14 September | Brussels | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The European Commission has released the copyright reform proposal that will allow publishers to secure licence fees from search engines and other intermediaries...
Game, set and match in Wimbledon dispute
13 September 2016 | Geneva | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Nine domain names that infringe on the Wimbledon trademark have been returned to the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC)...
Fish & Richardson reels in ex-Google counsel
13 September 2016 | California | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Fish & Richardson has hired Eric Schulman as a principal in its patent group at the firm’s Silicon Valley office...
Loeb & Loeb grows IP departments
13 September 2016 | Nashville | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Loeb & Loeb has expanded its media and technology IP department with the appointment of Elizabeth Morgan, who joins the firm's Nashville office as senior counsel...
Google removes ‘infringing’ Ubuntu URL
12 September 2016 | California | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Google has removed a URL directing to the free software Ubuntu after receiving a US Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown notice from Paramount Pictures...
Google updates transparency report
09 September 2016 | California | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Google has updated its copyright transparency report, showing a surge in requests...
CJEU rules in hyperlinking case
08 September 2016 | Luxembourg | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Hyperlinking to unauthorised content may not be an infringement of copyright, according to the Court of Justice of the EU, but conditions do apply...
Swedish ISP builds bridge over trolls
08 September 2016 | Stockholm, Sweden | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Swedish ISP Bahnhof has adjusted its logging policies to refuse requests for IP address information in an effort to combat so-called ‘copyright trolls’...
Skiermont Derby scores hat trick of new partners
07 September 2016 | Los Angeles | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Skiermont Derby has brought in two new lawyers as partners and promoted another...
DLA Piper boosts intellectual property practice
07 September 2016 | Boston | Reporter: Barney Dixon
DLA Piper has added to the firm’s growing intellectual property and technology practice with Larissa Park, who joins as partner in the firm’s Boston Office...
Mario IP is No Man’s property
06 September 2016 | Melbourne | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Nintendo has taken down another fan game in its continuing quest to protect its intellectual property...
Viewing illicit content not illegal, says high court
05 September 2016 | Bombay | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The Bombay High Court has put a controversial opinion to rest by ruling that merely viewing pirated movies or TV online is not a punishable offence under the laws of India...
McAfee demands rights to his name
05 September 2016 | New York | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Creator of the McAfee anti-virus systems, John McAfee, has filed a lawsuit against Intel Corp for the right to use his name five years after Intel acquired his former company...
On yer bike, Nominet tells cybersquatter
02 September 2016 | Oxford | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Domain registry Nominet has dismissed a “confusing” appeal by the Association of Cycle Traders (ACT) in favour of the Bicycle Association of Great Britain...
Facebook wins patent validity challenge
02 September 2016 | Delaware | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Facebook has won an early victory in its challenge of seven patents asserted by Sound View Innovations...
EU proposes 20-year link right for news publishers
01 September 2016 | Brussels | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The latest leak of the EU’s proposed changes to copyright law has revealed that the so-called ‘link right’ could last for much longer than previously thought...
Google Patents adds seven patent offices
01 September 2016 | Mountain View | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
Google has added seven new countries and 41 million publications to its patent search service...
BT turns on Valve to let off steam
31 August 2016 | Delaware | Reporter: Barney Dixon
British Telecommunications (BT) has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against the creator of the Steam video game platform...
Bristows adds new technology partner
31 August 2016 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
London-based law firm Bristows has hired new partner Anna Cook to its commercial and technology disputes team...
Kim Dotcom live streams extradition appeal
31 August 2016 | Auckland | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Kim Dotcom’s extradition hearing in New Zealand made legal history with the event being live streamed directly to YouTube...
Photographer questions PETA’s standing
31 August 2016 | California | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) may not have standing to represent the crested macaque monkey at centre of the ‘monkey selfie’ lawsuit...
Grumpy cat aims to finish coffee maker
30 August 2016 | California | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The owner of internet sensation ‘Grumpy Cat’ has filed for a default judgement in its copyright infringement lawsuit against Grenade Beverage...
Rouse promotes duo in Vietnam and Dubai
30 August 2016 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Intellectual property law firm Rouse has promoted two lawyers in Ho Chi Minh City and Dubai...
Kenyon & Kenyon joins Andrews Kurth
30 August 2016 | Texas | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Intellectual property boutique Kenyon & Kenyon has confirmed it will close its doors in September, with its 55-strong team set to join Andrews Kurth...
Google wants Supreme Court to calm construction
26 August 2016 | Washington DC | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
Google has asked the US Supreme Court to weigh in on how the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit deals with patent claim construction...
Mozilla calls for future-proof EU copyright laws
26 August 2016 | Brussels | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Mozilla has launched in a petition calling for EU copyright laws that “make sense in the 21st century”...
Asset manager targets Snapchat in Canada
25 August 2016 | Vancouver | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Asset management investment company Investel Capital Corporation has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against social media giant Snapchat...
CBBC and WeChat team up to protect copyright
25 August 2016 | London | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
The China-Britain Business Council and Weixin, better known as WeChat, have signed a memorandum of understanding to do more to tackle copyright infringement on the Chinese social media platform...
Xenith IP acquires Watermark Group
24 August 2016 | Sydney | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Xenith IP Group has acquired IP firm Watermark Group for $19.5 million, broadening its footprint in Australia...
PIPCU partners with MPA for Operation Creative
23 August 2016 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has teamed up with the Music Publishers Association (MPA), making it the seventh partner to join its ‘Operation Creative’ initiative...
Microsoft and Lenovo reach licensing agreement
23 August 2016 | Washington | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Microsoft and Lenovo have reached a new licensing deal that will allow Lenovo to load Microsoft apps on its Android devices...
Amazon counsel returns to Kilpatrick Townsend
22 August 2016 | Washington DC | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
Former Amazon corporate counsel Allisen Pawlenty-Altman has rejoined Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton as partner...
Alexander Wang wins $90 million in damages
22 August 2016 | New York | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
Fashion designer Alexander Wang has won $90 million in damages at the US District Court for the Southern District of New York...
NTIA dates domain name system transition
19 August 2016 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The US National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) intends to transition its domain name system powers to the private sector by as soon as 1 October...
Supreme Court could hear ‘Dancing Baby’ case
18 August 2016 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has filed a petition asking the Supreme Court to review the infamous ‘Dancing Baby’ copyright case...
Hinckley Allen hires trademark expert
17 August 2016 | Boston | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Hinckley Allen has hired Thomas Dunn as partner in the firm’s intellectual property practice in its Boston office...
Eli Lilly claims 218 domain names
17 August 2016 | Minneapolis | Reporter: Barney Dixon
More than 200 domain names have been transferred to Eli Lilly in the pharma company’s second big Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) win of 2016...
China enters top 25 for innovation
16 August 2016 | Geneva | Reporter: Barney Dixon
China has become one of the world’s 25 most innovative economies, according to the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)...
Pokémon Uranium faces infringement fallout
16 August 2016 | Kyoto | Reporter: Barney Dixon