BriffaBites – Star Trek

#BriffaBites – Star Trek As an avid trekkie, the latest on the copyright infringement brought by CBS and Paramount against Axanar is riveting. Published at a time when CBS and Paramount were planning to launch a TV show #StarTrek Discovery, Axanar had claimed that their film ‘Prelude’ is a ‘mockumentary’ and that its output was…

Stylus and Record Player

Music & Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence is very quickly going to change the world as we know it and the music industry is no exception. The British Phonographic Industry (BPI), the UK record labels’ association, has released a new report looking into how AI is currently being used and how it will impact the music industry. The full report…

Acid/Briffa seminar explores alternative design protection through copyright

At a recent ACID and Briffa event following the disappointing Trunki decision (PMS International Limited v Magmatic Limited [2016] UKSC 12), speakers explored IP enforcement in continental Europe and examined whether laws are more favourable to designers overseas. Briffa’s associates from Germany and Holland explained how copyright could enable a designer to get far further…

Are Carlsberg’s new beer patents controversial? Probably …

This year, the European Patent Office (EPO) granted three new patents to Carlsberg (EP2384110, EP2373154 and EP2575433) relating, broadly, to the harvest of kernels from barley plants, the process for brewing and the drinks produced by these methods. European patent law prohibits patents on plant varieties and breeding; however, notwithstanding these prohibitions, the patents have…

THE UK IPO NEEDS YOU…. to help modernise the European Copyright Framework

A little over a month ago the European Commission published numerous pieces of draft legislation intended to bring the European copyright framework into the twenty-first century. The proposed legislation includes a new “copyright directive” (available to view here) which sets out measures intended to facilitate the cross-border availability of, and ease of access to, copyright…