Trade marks in China: court awards significant damages to US sportswear firm, New Balance

US sportswear firm, New Balance, has been awarded damages in excess of 10 million yuan (roughly £1.2m) by a Chinese court in relation to infringement of its famous “N” logo. The award follows systematic steps taken by Chinese authorities to strengthen national intellectual property laws. The new framework facilitates enforcement of intellectual property rights by…

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Luxury brand owners may soon be able to prevent the sale of their products online via Amazon and Ebay

On 26 July 2017, in the matter of Coty Germany GmbH v Parfümerie Akzente GmbH, at the European Court of Justice, Advocate General Wahl, stated a supplier of luxury goods may prohibit its authorised retailers from selling its products on third-party platforms such as Amazon or eBay. Coty Germany is a luxury cosmetic brand, who…

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Untangling the Web of Spider-Man and Intellectual Property

‘Spider-Man’ recently returned to the big screen, making a cameo in Marvel Studios’ ‘Captain America: Civil War’ and now in a new standalone Sony Pictures’ film entitled ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’. Many fans had been calling for the ‘friendly neighbourhood hero’ to appear alongside Marvel’s other on screen superheroes, but this was more complicated than it may appear.…

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Spotify is getting sued for copyright infringement … again

Spotify is getting sued in two separate lawsuits for copyright infringement. A Nashville-based publisher and a songwriter claim that the streaming service did not obtain the necessary licenses to stream works from their respective catalogues. In one lawsuit, Bob Gaudio (a songwriter and founding member of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons) is suing Spotify…

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