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Microsoft continues battle in courts over pirated software
The complaint was filed against Terason at the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts on Wednesday, October 18

Adidas seeks injunction against more than 250 alleged counterfeiters
In the complaint, filed on Friday, October 20, Adidas stated that the defendants directly engage in unfair competition with the intention to “erode and destroy the goodwill associated with plaintiffs’ respective famous names”



iLife wants Nintendo Wii patent damages increased by $15m
iLife Technologies has asked a US district court to award an extra $15 million in interest to the $10 million it won against Nintendo of America for patent infringement

Amazon patents drone that can wirelessly charge electric cars
Amazon has been granted a patent by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a drone that land on top of an electric car and wirelessly charge it

SUEPO offers olive branch to EPO management
A staff union at the European Patent Office (EPO) has written to António Campinos, the next president of the organisation, saying his appointment shows a desire to re-establish harmonious conditions with management

AIPLA 2017: Confusion reigns after Lexmark and TC Heartland
AIPLA’s 120th Annual Meeting heard about an uncertain picture on patent exhaustion and venue following two US Supreme Court decisions

Lex Machina Q3 litigation update shows effects of TC Heartland, Oil States on patent case filings
On Wednesday, October 18th, legal data analytics service Lex Machina published a pair of blog posts providing an overview of litigation trends playing out in intellectual property and other areas of law

US judge orders new damages trial in Apple v Samsung
A US judge has ordered a new trial in the long-running design patent dispute between Apple and Samsung

HP and university settle differences over ‘revolutionary’ patents
In a notice filed at the US District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee on Thursday, October 19, the University of Tennessee said it and HP had resolved all the claims for relief stipulated in the complaint

German court extends comment period on UPC challenge
In June, the court announced it was delaying the ratification of the UPC Agreement because of a constitutional complaint brought by an individual

The US market is on course to see 30,000 patents up for sale this year, says AST CEO
Last Friday, this blog broke the story of a huge portfolio of Nokia assets that had been acquired by Provenance Asset Group, a company set up by IP advisory business Quatela Lynch McCurdy (QLM)

CAFC affirms invalidity of geographic map visualization patent asserted against Google Earth
On Friday, October 20th, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit entered a non-precedential decision in Art+Com Innovation Pool GmbH v. Google LLC, which affirmed a lower court’s invalidation of a patent covering methods of displaying geographic information to a user

USITC to investigate Gillette patent complaint
The US International Trade Commission (ITC) has agreed to investigate shaving company Edgewell Personal Care after a patent complaint by rival Gillette

Taiwan FTC ends FRAND investigation into InterDigital
According to a company announcement on Tuesday, October 24, the FTC said InterDigital had not violated Taiwan’s Fair Trade Act and has now closed the investigation, which began in 2013


Intellectual Property

Redd and Wiggin combine to create ‘IP powerhouse’
IP law firm Redd has announced its legal team will join media, technology and brands law firm Wiggin to create what it described as an “IP powerhouse”

IPRs are constitutional, US government claims
In June, the Supreme Court agreed to consider whether IPRs violate the US Constitution, by granting a petition for a writ of certiorari filed by Oil States Energy Services, a provider of services to oil and gas companies

The quest to find the world’s leading IP strategists continues
We have received hundreds of submissions since we launched the research process for the 2018 edition of IAM Strategy 300 at the end of September, but there is still time to make a nomination before the closing date of 29th November

MPAA criticised over Kodi comments to USTR
A non-profit organisation representing companies in several technology industries has slammed the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) for allegedly mischaracterising the impact of Kodi software on IP infringement



Apple sued by app developer over emojis
The case, filed at the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Wednesday, October 18, accused Apple of using the ‘Animoji’ mark despite several unsuccessful prior attempts to purchase it

Eminem secures damages in battle with New Zealand political party
Today, October 25, the Wellington High Court handed down its decision, finding that the National Party had infringed Eminem’s copyright by using a song called “Eminem Esque” in a campaign video

Adult entertainment site takes action over illegal downloading
The complaint was filed at the US District Court for the Northern District of California, Oakland Division, on Tuesday, October 17

Forever 21 settles with shops accused of copying
In January, Forever 21 took aim at C Luce (doing business as TCEC) and Cornerstone Apparel (which does business as Papaya) in a copyright claim at the US District Court for the Central District of California, Western Division



Fintech trademarks on the rise, UKIPO figures show
According to UK-based RPC, there has been a 35% increase in the number of trademarks registered by financial services firms—from 3,141 in 2011 to 4,228 last year

Invalidity, then infringement, says CJEU
In its ruling on Thursday, October 19, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) added that national courts can go on to dismiss the case even though the decision on that counterclaim might not be final

Aldi loses to Sky in General Court trademark battle
The EU General Court has ruled that the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) must dismiss Aldi’s ‘Skyline’ trademark application as it causes a likelihood of confusion with broadcasting company Sky’s registered marks

Law & Odor: Hasbro Sniffing Out the Opportunities for Trademark Registration
On February 14, 2017, Hasbro, the toy manufacturing giant, filed a use-based trademark covering the scent of its popular kid’s modeling compound known as Play-Doh

Pablo Escobar’s Brother Wants $1 Billion for Trademark Dispute with Netflix
When it comes to intellectual property in Hollywood, you only have to take a look at the long list of credits at the end of a TV show or movie to get a hint of the army of people involved in making it

Wolters Kluwer announces $140m sale of Corsearch
Wolters Kluwer has agreed to sell its trademark solutions business Corsearch to Audax Private Equity for $140 million

O2 case crumbles as General Court rules on 3D biscuit marks
The EU General Court has sided with Spanish biscuit company Galletas Gullón in a dispute with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and telecoms company O2 over 3D trademarks

How to cancel an unused trademark
The cancellation process for unused trademarks in Russia is changing and developing

Poundland to redesign Toblerone lookalike after Mondelēz settlement
Discount retailer Poundland will have to redesign a chocolate bar that was contested by Mondelēz International for being too similar to its famous Toblerone product

Online infringement laid bare in EUIPO study
The study, released yesterday, October 24 by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), is called “Research on Online Business Models Infringing Intellectual Property Rights – Phase 2”

Monks put the brakes on beer-related trademark bid
In a decision today, October 26, the court said German brewer Alpirsbacher Klosterbräu should not be able to trademark ‘Klosterstoff’ covering products including beer and alcoholic beverages

Disney and Pixar mull opposition to SanDisk trademark
Entertainment companies Disney and Pixar appear to be investigating whether to oppose a trademark filed by SanDisk, a manufacturer of data storage solutions

Judge settles In-N-Out Burger beef
In July, In-N-Out Burger filed a lawsuit at the US District Court for the District of New Jersey, accusing the bagel shop of using a similar logo and design that are likely to cause confusion

New Zealand café to rebrand after Coca-Cola enforcement
Innocent Foods, a vegan-friendly café, informed news website Stuff of the issue on Wednesday, October 25

NFL and Seattle Seahawks oppose trademark
The Seahawks filed a notice of opposition at the US Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) Trademark Trial and Appeal Board on Wednesday, October 25, against a trademark filed by Lee Watson



Universities: a hub of innovation
As noted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, “public research”, meaning research primarily funded with public money and carried out by universities and public research institutions, plays an extremely important role in innovation systems by ensuring the provision of new knowledge

Protest in Support of American Inventors at the US Supreme Court on November 27th During Oral Arguments in Oil States
U.S. Inventor, the nationwide inventor advocacy organization representing over 13,000 members, including, individual inventors, university research institutions, patent holders and intellectual property dependent start-up businesses, has announced that its members will stage a protest in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on November 27th during oral arguments in the case of Oil States Energy Services, LLC v Greene’s Energy Group, LLC

Members advance discussions on IP, inclusive innovation and the public interest
WTO members advanced discussions on the role intellectual property (IP) plays in promoting more inclusive innovation and greater participation of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in local and global trade, and on the relationship between IP and the public interest


Domain Name

A fresh look at domain name management
Several factors should be addressed when companies are considering whether to change the way they manage their domain name portfolios, says Matt Serlin of corporate domain name registrar Brandsight

International report – Dotting the ‘.com’ and crossing the ‘.sucks’: how to manage your domain name portfolio
In today’s digital marketplace, a company’s web address is often one of its most valuable and important assets


Unfair Competition

International report – FAS threatens brand owners with prosecution for unfair competition
Parallel imports have been a hot topic in Russia for some time (for further details please see “Parallel imports sneak into Russia through procedural loophole” and “New proposed Eurasian trademark system”)


Antitrust Law

Taiwan FTC closes four-year investigation of InterDigital, finding no antitrust violations
Announcing its third quarter financial results on Thursday, InterDigital told investors that Taiwan’s antitrust regulator has ended its probe into the company, having found no violations of Taiwan’s Fair Trade Act

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