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Gillette emerges victorious in German patent dispute
Shaving company Gillette has secured a win in Germany after a Düsseldorf court handed victory to the company over rival Wilkinson Sword, a subsidiary of Edgewell Personal Care

Federal Circuit affirms tossed patent suits against HTC and BlackBerry
The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld a lower court’s dismissal of patent lawsuits against HTC, BlackBerry and Motorola Mobility yesterday

TiVo continues patent fight with Comcast
The claims, which were filed at the US District Court for the Central District of California and the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts on Wednesday, January 10, accuse Comcast of continuing to infringe patents owned by TiVo

Micron the target of a $42m patent suit as trade secrets row spills into Chinese litigation
A month after finding itself on the receiving end of a trade secret lawsuit from Micron, Taiwan’s UMC has asserted patents in China against the US chip major

Patent Killing Fields of the PTAB: Erasing Federal District Court Verdicts on Patent Validity
Supporters of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) continue to claim that the facts and figures showing the PTAB is overruling Article III federal district court adjudication on patent validity is fictitious

Patent Search 101: Why US Patent Searches are Critically Important
Inventors will frequently ask why they need to spend the money on a US patent search, and all too frequently believe patent searches are unnecessary

SCOTUS grants certiorari in lost profits fight
Petition for a writ of certiorari, filed in February 2017, was granted on Friday, January 12

German Bar Association says UPC complaint is unfounded
The German Bar Association (DAV) has issued an opinion (pdf) saying that a constitutional complaint against the Unified Patent Court (UPC) is entirely unfounded

Federal Circuit often affirms PTAB decisions: Finnegan data
As of December 15, 2017, the Federal Circuit had decided 289 PTAB appeals from inter partes reviews (IPRs) and covered business method (CBM) cases

Bank of America and IBM lead on blockchain patents, but start-ups and other specialists dominate the market
As the fluctuating bitcoin market has everyone talking, new research has thrown light on which companies are the leading filers of patents related to blockchain, the technology which underpins the world’s best known cryptocurrency, but whose application could extend to multiple different sectors

International report – Pulling the plug on INPI’s patent backlog
The government is expected to launch an emergency measure to eliminate the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office’s (INPI’s) patent backlog by automatically granting 231,000 pending non-pharmaceutical applications

A New Breed of Anti-Terrorism Security: Meet the Patented Pups Supporting the NYPD’s Anti-Terrorism
If you watched the 91st Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, there’s a good chance you didn’t notice one of the parade’s interesting features because it wasn’t as conspicuous as the six-story Snoopy lumbering through the air thanks to 300,000 to 700,000 cubic feet of helium

Why is PTAB spending precious resources killing good patents?
To date, critics of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) have mainly focused on issues of patent law

Patent cases in US districts courts decline in Q4 2017: study
Statistics published by legal analytics company Lex Machina have shown a drop in patent cases to US district courts for Q4 of 2017

Federal Circuit sets aside decision in L’Oréal patent case
The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has set aside a decision that rejected a patent injunction against L’Oréal USA

Federal Circuit says Finjan virus-screening method not abstract, is patent eligible
In Finjan, Inc. v. Blue Coat Systems, Inc., the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently affirmed-in-part, reversed-in-part, and remanded the case to the district court

Canon files IP patent infringement suit in Russia
Japanese camera manufacturer Canon has filed a patent infringement suit with the Moscow City Economic Court



AG advises CJEU on German castle name clash
In 2011, the German state of Bavaria (Bayern) applied for the trademark ‘Neuschwanstein’, which refers to the famous castle situated in the Bavarian municipality of Schwangau. The castle currently belongs to the state of Bavaria

Russian state enterprise wins vodka TM battle in Benelux
The Hague Court of Appeal has ruled in favour of a Russian state enterprise owning the rights to the Stolichnaya, Moskovskaya and Stoli vodka brands

WWE enters ring over ‘Cactus Jack’ trademark
US rapper Travis Scott might have to fight for his ‘Cactus Jack’ trademark application with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)

General Court denies ‘Metaporn’ trademark plea
The EU General Court has denied two appeals from a Hong Kong-based company seeking to register marks involving the word ‘meta’

USPTO puts cork on wine TMs filed by Lady Gaga’s dad
Trademark applications for wine that have been filed by the father of US singer Lady Gaga have been suspended pending examination of another mark

Starbucks gets refreshing TM decision from EU court
The EU General Court has annulled a European Union Intellectual Property Office decision, which had rejected an objection filed by Starbucks against a coffee-related trademark

Streaming devices highlighted in USTR’s 2017 Notorious Markets list
Illicit streaming devices have been identified as a growing piracy concern in the US Trade Representative’s (USTR) 2017 Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets

Argentina seeks to simplify trademark processes
The decree was presented on Thursday, January 11, according to a post by Carlos Castrillo, partner at Argentine law firm Castrillo & Castrillo, on the Class 46 blog of Marques, the association of European trademark owners 

English court rules against easyGroup in EasyRoommate dispute
Mr Justice Arnold delivered his judgment in the High Court of Justice, Business and Property Courts, Chancery Division on Friday, January 12

General Court decides battle of the shoes
The EU General Court yesterday dismissed an appeal brought by footwear chain Deichmann over a rival’s trademark

Content distributor goes after Twitter trademark
Social media platform Twitter is facing a lawsuit for trademark infringement and breach of contract at the US District Court for the Northern District of California

EU court upholds rejection of LG’s ‘Dual Edge’ TM
The judgment was delivered by the EU General Court’s Seventh Chamber today, January 18



Pub fined over illegal Sky Sports broadcast
The licensee of a pub premises in Huddersfield, England has been fined £24,331  (US$33,498) in a criminal prosecution for airing Sky Sports without a valid licence   

Piracy coalition instigates criminal prosecution over set-top boxes
The case has been brought under private prosecution by Neil Gane, general manager of the Coalition Against Piracy (CAP), on behalf of Singtel, StarHub, Fox Network and the English Premier League. Charges were brought at the State Court in Singapore on Friday, January 12   


Intellectual Property

Extensive IPTV network dismantled following cross-border raids
On Thursday, January 11, four people were arrested and 17 houses searched across Cyprus, Bulgaria, and Greece. A number of items were seized including decoders, computers, accounting documents, servers, and satellite receivers   


Image Rights

Kodak reveals blockchain initiative to benefit photographers
Technology company Kodak has launched an image rights platform and a cryptocurrency in a bid to help photographers and agencies take greater control in image rights management

Fox throws counterpunch in Muhammad Ali image bout
In October last year, the estate accused Fox of infringing Ali’s image rights by using his name, image and likeness as the centrepiece of Fox’s three-minute video for its broadcast, in February 2017



Netflix and Amazon unite with film studios in copyright claim
Content streamers Netflix and Amazon have joined film studios Universal, Columbia, Disney, Paramount, Warner Bros, and 20th Century Fox in a lawsuit filed in the US District Court for the Central District of California, Western Division, on Wednesday, January 10

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