Is Copyright Worth More Than Patents? – Latest Development On Oracle v. Google

Is Copyright Worth More Than Patents? – Latest Development On Oracle v. Google

Oracle has demonstrated that copyright can be a highly valuable and strategic intellectual property asset worth more than some patents. In Shireen Smith’s earlier post ‘Are APIs Protected By Copyright? – Google v Oracle’ the far reaching implications of copyright in Java  APIs owned by Oracle and used by Google in their Android operating software...Read More »

By Our Team | July 27, 2015
Famous Marks – Trade Mark Classifications

Famous Marks – Trade Mark Classifications

Whilst the classification rules apply to the majority of trademarks, famous marks operate under slightly different rules. A famous mark has a much broader scope of protection than an ordinary mark. This is due to its widespread reputation or recognition which means it is not subject to classification restrictions. It enjoys the same protection as...Read More »

By Shireen Smith | July 24, 2015
‘iWatch’ Trade Mark – Apple In Multimillion Dispute

‘iWatch’ Trade Mark – Apple In Multimillion Dispute

In April this year Apple released their newest product – the Apple Watch. Only a few months after the release date a petition was filed in a Milan court accusing Apple of violating the iWatch trade mark. You may recall that in 2012 the tech giant agreed to pay $60m to Chinese firm Proview to...Read More »

By Antoaneta Rafailova | July 20, 2015
Trademark Infringement Trial of Amazon Over Search Results

Trademark Infringement Trial of Amazon Over Search Results

Recently, the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit reinstated a case filed by Multi Time Machine against Amazon over trade mark infringement and published its opinion last week.  This opinion reverses a lower court decision held in favour of Amazon and the case is now back to the district court in LA for further...Read More »

By Antoaneta Rafailova | July 10, 2015
Are APIs Protected By Copyright? – Google v Oracle

Are APIs Protected By Copyright? – Google v Oracle

In the Google v Oracle dispute, the Supreme Court rejected Google’s application to have the case reheard to determine whether Google made fair use of Oracle's copyrighted APIs. This dispute began in 2012, when Google, creator of the Android operating system for mobile telephones, made use of Oracle’s Application Programming Interface (API). Oracle created the Java programming...Read More »

By Shireen Smith | July 6, 2015
Data & Brands – An Introduction To Creative Data From The Cannes Lions Festival

Data & Brands – An Introduction To Creative Data From The Cannes Lions Festival

Last week was the Cannes Lions week, where some of the world’s most known brands descended on the south of France for the world’s biggest annual awards show and festival for professionals in the creative communications industry. This year Unilever; Intel; Facebook; Twitter; AirBnB; Google; Vice and more, were amongst the most talked about brands....Read More »

By Joshua Jaskiewicz | July 3, 2015
SMEs And IP – FSB Reports They Struggle To Protect Their Intellectual Property

SMEs And IP – FSB Reports They Struggle To Protect Their Intellectual Property

A recent research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has revealed that the price to be paid by UK’s small firms and start up businesses to protect their intellectual property would very often cost them their ability to develop and innovate. That is because taking care of your IP is costly and time-consuming and...Read More »

By Antoaneta Rafailova | June 30, 2015
Protect Your Trade Secrets – Protect Your Business

Protect Your Trade Secrets – Protect Your Business

Now that the European Parliament is in the process of introducing the new EU Trade Secrets Directive, we decided to put the spotlight on this topic and discuss in practical terms what trade secrets are, explain why employees are the biggest threat when it comes to trade secrets, and, most importantly, what steps employers should...Read More »

By Antoaneta Rafailova | June 23, 2015
Arbitration As An Alternative Dispute Resolution Method In IP – Pros And Cons

Arbitration As An Alternative Dispute Resolution Method In IP – Pros And Cons

With the recent launch of the Independent Press Standards Organisation's (Ipso) consultation into setting up a pilot arbitration service to widen access to justice, it is interesting to consider the advantages of arbitration as an alternative dispute resolution method. Arbitration has increased its popularity in recent years, and could be very advantageous in IP matters due to its flexibility, private and confidential nature. Before agreeing to use...Read More »

By Antoaneta Rafailova | June 16, 2015
3D Trademarks – No Breaks For Kit-Kat

3D Trademarks – No Breaks For Kit-Kat

The latest in Nestlé’s attempts to trademark its iconic four-finger chocolate is at odds with EU Law. Back in 2012 we reported in our blog Can you trademark a colour? that Cadbury had managed to secure a trademark for its signature purple colour after a lengthy battle with Nestlé. If you have been following the...Read More »

By Joshua Jaskiewicz | June 11, 2015
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