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No stopping Pokemon GO!

We’ve all heard about the latest augmented reality game and the impact it’s had on our streets. But what does it mean for the world of IP? The game was developed by Niantic (Nintendo having a stake therein) and allows users to travel their surroundings and collect Pokemon. Nintendo however were on top of this idea since 2006; filing a large number of patents in 2011 in particular for augmented reality technology. Their patent portfolio…
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The Real McCoy

In 2013, McDonald’s won a case in the EU Intellectual Property Office (then the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market) challenging the “MacCoffee” trade mark used by Future Enterprises (a company based in Singapore) for food and beverages. In July 2016, McDonald’s won again in the EU General Court (the EU’s second highest court) giving the US fast food giant the option to prevent third parties from using trade marks with the prefix “Mac”…
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Fox film studio sued by unpaid interns on Black Swan production 

The class action between Fox and its interns that has been going on since 2010 has finally reached a conclusion. Fox Searchlight Pictures, Inc and Fox Entertainment Group, Inc filed a settlement proposal for a claim brought lead by four interns who carried out unpaid work during production of the film, Black Swan. The case has settled and Fox has agreed to make backdated payments to unpaid interns who worked for their New York and…
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Trade mark website blocking orders rubber-stamped by UK appeal court

The UK Court of Appeal this month handed down its long-awaited decision in Cartier International AG and others v British Sky Broadcasting Limited and others [2016] EWCA Civ 658, effectively paving the way for trade mark right-holders to bring website blocking injunction actions against internet providers who host infringing content. Website blocking orders are now a familiar remedy sought in court, but until recently had only been done so in relation to copyright infringements –…
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Protecting your IP – simple tips

That looks familiar? Simple advice on how to protect what’s yours The recent case of Tuesday Bassen (an illustrator and designer) against Zara (a multi-national fashion designer) reported reecently by the Guardian  is an all too common tail of David vs Goliath in the intellectual property world. The independent designer on the one hand, claiming that her original work has been copied, and the large retailer on the other, using its sheer size and reputation…
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Virtual currency – legal aspects of Bitcoin

VIRTUAL CURRENCY This week a judge in Florida ruled that Bitcoin is not actually money, stating that Bitcoin was not backed by a government or bank, and was not “tangible wealth”. “Virtual currency” is defined as the digital representation of value that can be traded digitally and functions as a medium of exchange, unit of account, or store of value.  At present, virtual currency is not legal tender in any jurisdiction. It is not issued…
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