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Beyoncé and Topshop speed up ‘Poison Ivy Park’ trademark battle
The mark was filed at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) by California-based 47 / 72 Inc in April 2016 on the same day that Beyoncé released her Ivy Park clothing line in collaboration with UK retailer Topshop

‘Call of Duty’ called out over Humvee use in games
The makers behind the “Call of Duty” video game franchise have been called out over the use of Humvee (high mobility multi-purpose wheeled) vehicles

Starbucks appeals TTAB decision over cup mark
On Thursday, November 9, Starbucks’ lawyer, Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner partner Julia Anne Matheson, filed a notice of appeal with the board

CJEU hears Louboutin red sole case
This morning, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) is hearing arguments over whether Christian Louboutin should be able to trademark red soles on high-heeled shoes

NFL successfully opposes ‘Superbowl’ trademark at UKIPO
In August 2016, QL Partnership filed EU application number 3,179,701, consisting of the term ‘Superbowl UK’ with ‘Tenpin bowling at its best’ in smaller font above

GoDaddy seeks trademark injunction against 50 websites
The complaint was filed at the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Friday, November 10

Daimler trademark lawsuit alleges that doesn’t do enough to prevent infringement and counterfeits
On October 20th, German carmaker Daimler AG (ETR:DAI) filed a lawsuit in the Central District of California alleging claims of federal trademark infringement committed by Seattle, WA-based e-commerce giant, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) The suit alleges that Amazon has been complicit in the sale of counterfeit Mercedes-Benz parts and cites Amazon’s very successful business model of efficient infringement

Fujifilm and Polaroid begin litigation over photo borders
Fujifilm filed its complaint for declaratory judgment on Monday, November 13, at the US District Court for the Southern District of New York



Bob Goodlatte to step down in 2018
Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and a strong proponent of patent reform, will not seek re-election in 2018

Microsoft taken to court over Lumia 950 smartphones
On Tuesday, November 7, patent licensing firm Lemaire Illumination Technologies accused Microsoft of patent infringement through the production of the Lumia 950 smartphone

In a rare move, Korean IP Office taps top LG patent executive for key judge role
Joo Sup Kim, vice president and head of licensing at LG Electronics, has left the company to take up an administrative judgeship within the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), IAM has learned. Kim joined the IP Trial and Appeal Board (IPTAB) – an independent administrative law body within KIPO – on Friday

When Big Brother Comes Marching In: Patent Challenges on Entrepreneurial Campuses
There is often the assumption that all university research is “basic” research, when in reality it is becoming increasingly common for “applied” research (that is research that seeks to provide a solution to a real-world problem) to be developed on campuses

Turning Your Patent into a Business: A Practical Guide to Equity Crowdfunding
Once your patent has been awarded you may still need additional capital to turn that patent into a business

Deals with Fujifilm and an NPE suggest recently-reorganised Maxell is focused on patent profit
Last month, the company previously known as Hitachi Maxell formally dropped ‘Hitachi’ from its name amid a corporate re-structuring

PTAB invalidates targeted advertising patents, preserving billions in Google ad revenue
It is no secret that the fortunes of Mountain View, CA-based tech conglomerate Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOGL) are largely based upon the advertising revenues accrued through its subsidiary Google and its incredibly popular search engine

ITC institutes 337 investigation into allegations of patent infringement by Schick Hydro
In late October, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) announced that it had decided to open a Section 337 investigation over allegations of potential patent infringement in the consumer hygiene product sector

Unitary patent could drive €14.6bn in high-tech trade: EPO
Improved harmonisation of the European patent system could drive a €14.6 billion ($17.1 billion) increase in trade across high-tech sectors

USITC to investigate Apple Macs and iPhones
The US International Trade Commission (ITC) has instituted a probe into Apple over its Mac computers, iPhones, iPads, iPods and Apple TVs

USPTO puts up prices for 2018
The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced it will increase some of its fees from January 2018, including a $6,500 increase to $15,500 for requesting an inter partes review (IPR)

EPO’s Battistelli proposes new employment plan
Benoît Battistelli, the president of the European Patent Office (EPO), has proposed an employment plan to recruit staff on renewable contracts of five years

Dr. Sanusi Umar, da Dr. U Devices Inc., move ação contra Dr. Jean Devroye e Devroye Instruments, Inc. por violação de patente referente a punch de transplante capilar FUE
O Dr. Sanusi Umar, proprietário da Dr. U Devices Inc., criadora do Dr. UGraft e do Dr. UPunch Hair Transplantation Equipment, com diversas patentes de produtos usados na restauração capilar por extração de unidade folicular (FUE, na sigla em inglês), anunciou hoje que apresentou uma queixa contra o Dr. Jean Devroye e a Devroye Instruments, Inc. em um tribunal federal da Alemanha

Design Patent Owners Find Optimism in Columbia Sportswear Jury Verdict
Design patents have long been a unique creature of intellectual property law.  Recent developments have thrust them back into light for companies looking for a well-rounded arsenal of intellectual property protections

BlackBerry in patent licensing deal with Teletry
Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry has entered into a patent licensing deal with Teletry, a month after the departure of one of BlackBerry’s patent licensing directors

Federal Circuit confirms TC Heartland changed the law
In May, the Supreme Court handed down its ruling in TC Heartland v Kraft Foods, holding that 28 USC, section 1400(b) is the sole and exclusive provision governing venue in patent infringement actions, in what was described as a “seismic” decision

Revised Patent Fee Schedule Finalized
The USPTO is celebrating the culmination of a multi-year effort to secure the financial security of the Patent and Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) organizations in order to better serve the United States economy We have made tremendous progress reducing overall patent pendency, reducing our inventory of unexamined applications, enhancing patent examination quality, reducing the ex parte appeal inventory, and implementing the post-grant review proceedings established by the America Invents Act (AIA)

Patent activity around batteries heats up as LG Chem and Japan’s Toray team up against Chinese competitor
Massive government subsidies have led to a huge amount of activity in China’s electric vehicle sector

Three rounds of IPR petitions invalidates VirnetX patent after Apple gets around statute of limitations
On November 27th, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC, a case which will ask the Court to decide whether the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) operates in violation of the U.S. Constitution as that agency is an Article I tribunal which extinguishes property rights without a jury and outside of an Article III forum


Intellectual Property

Chinese customs reveals 1,500 cases of US-bound IP infringements
China’s customs agency has found more than 1,500 cases of IP-infringing goods exported to the US, according to a statement



High-tech industries dominate China innovation, says Top 100 report
High-tech industries including electronic components now dominate innovation in China, in a shift away from the dominance of the automotive, domestic appliances and electric power generation and supply industries

Government and 3D Printing: A New Line of Innovation to Protect
For the last 20 years, manufacturers have used 3D printing to build prototypes, but it was only recently that this industrial technology entered the mainstream

Hakuna Matada Isn’t a Strategy for Paradigm Shifting Innovation
Wouldn’t it be a great world if people innovated for the sake of innovating, spending every waking moment in the pursuit of solutions and inventions that would better mankind?



Dunkin’ Donuts case dismissed after settlement reached with franchisee
The order of dismissal (pdf) was signed by District Judge Elizabeth Foote on Thursday, November 9



Thousands of fake poppy merchandise seized before Remembrance Day
In a statement on Friday, November 10, the Border Force said it had randomly inspected a freight train from China and discovered packages containing poppy-branded goods including 1,212 scarves, 5,400 badges and 1,200 key rings

Spanish police make arrests in LaLiga piracy crackdown
In a statement released on Friday, November 10, the national police force explained that those arrested had offered the streams in different formats, including direct download, streaming and peer to peer distribution

Audi continues counterfeit battle against car parts companies
The latest complaint was filed at the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts on Thursday, November 9



IP provisions suspended in newly agreed TPP deal
The TPP deal, renamed the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) on Saturday, November 11, covers Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam

MPAA includes set-top boxes in lobbying efforts
The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) filed its lobbying report in October, stating it had spent $620,000 on lobbying in the year’s third quarter

Brian May snaps at photographer who reported him for copyright infringement
Lead guitarist of rock band Queen has slammed a photographer who reported him to Instagram for copyright infringement after posting a picture of himself

Haribo taken to court over Halloween sweets
On Monday, November 13, Font Diner, which creates software for custom fonts, filed a claim against Haribo at the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York

International report – Copyright Act to be revised
On October 26 2017 the Executive Yuan passed a draft amendment to the Copyright Act. The draft amendment was proposed and drafted by the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO), passed to the Executive Yuan for review and modification, and has been sent to the Legislative Yuan for inspection and formal amendment through three successive readings

Playboy dispute over Kate Moss photos dismissed
Media company Playboy Enterprises seems to have settled its differences with Hint Fashion Magazine over the publication’s use of photos of model Kate Moss


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


Industrial Design

EUIPO launches second design competition
Aimed at celebrating excellence in design and design management, the awards honour outstanding design, designers and businesses that have brought their designs to the marketplace with the protection of the registered Community design (RCD)

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