Tate & Lyle Lose Splenda Patent

Tate & Lyle Lose Splenda Patent

In a surprise decision in the US, the makers of Splenda have lost their patent for sucralose which is the generic name for Splenda. This means that competitors can now sell the same sugar substitute. At the moment Splenda brings in 25% of Tate & Lyle's profit. Although they are probably not happy about the…Read more »

By Shireen Smith | October 3, 2008
You can use the code just don’t use the name: Ubuntu flexes its trade marks

You can use the code just don’t use the name: Ubuntu flexes its trade marks

....for business?[/caption] Ubuntu is a well known free, open source based Linux based operating system. Their business model is to provide software free of charge but to make money by giving support instead. Recently there have been a large number of variants of the program named with *buntu for example the…Read more »

By Shireen Smith | September 19, 2008
UK Domain Registrations Reach 7 Million

UK Domain Registrations Reach 7 Million

Up for the cup[/caption] Recently Nominet revealed that they were over 7 million registered .uk domain names. One million of those domain names were registered in the last year. In a recent survey of British internet users it was revealed that 72% of British internet users were more likely to choose…Read more »

By Shireen Smith | September 8, 2008
Dell Denied Trademark for CLOUD COMPUTING

Dell Denied Trademark for CLOUD COMPUTING

Looks like rain?[/caption] It has recently emerged that the USPTO (the US trade mark registry) has denied Dell a trade mark for the phrase CLOUD COMPUTING SOLUTIONS on the ground that it is generic and used to describe a wide variety of computing activity.  Dell spokesman said that ‘The application was…Read more »

By Shireen Smith | September 3, 2008
Is Licensing Misuse Piracy?

Is Licensing Misuse Piracy?

Polly and friend[/caption] Microsoft recently made the statement that they consider any unlicensed use of their software to be an act of piracy regardless of whether the use is intentional or not. Traditionally piracy is defined as illegally copied or counterfeit software. Microsoft spokesman Keith Beeman gave an interesting interview to…Read more »

By Shireen Smith | September 1, 2008
Scotch Whisky

Scotch Whisky

Scotch brandy?[/caption] Scottish Whisky was given legal protection in China last week when the Scottish Whisky Association made a deal with the Chinese government to register a collective trade mark which acts as a geographical indicator. The protection will cover “Scotch Whisky” as well as its Chinese translation. The registration will…Read more »

By Shireen Smith | August 28, 2008
Award disputed in Barbie Infringement Case

Award disputed in Barbie Infringement Case

In a strange turn of events, Mattel (makers of Barbie) and MGA (makers of Bratz) are disputing how much a jury awarded Mattel. The sum could be either $40 million or $100 million but the decision is ambiguous. MGA has argued that the $100 million sum is duplicative and that Mattel has only been awarded…Read more »

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Is the Pharmaceutical Industry out of Patents?

Is the Pharmaceutical Industry out of Patents?

According to several recent news reports (see here or here) many of the big pharmaceutical companies have core patents expiring in the next few years. Pfizer is likely to be the hardest hit with the expiration of the Viagra and Lipitor patents. Pfizer also had to withdraw one of its up and coming drugs after…Read more »

By Shireen Smith | August 14, 2008
Facebook Users Mourning the Removal of Scrabulous

Facebook Users Mourning the Removal of Scrabulous

In 2005 the book Word Freak and the subsequent documentary Word Wars showcased the zeal of Scrabble players. Scrabble aficionados joined the virtual world in 2006 when the Scrabulous application was added to Facebook. The application allowed Facebook users to play a game remarkably like Scrabble online. Scrabulous was developed by two Indian computer programmers,…Read more »

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Coca Cola Bottle Granted Trade Mark Protection in Japan

Coca Cola Bottle Granted Trade Mark Protection in Japan

Japan has joined a handful of other jurisdictions which recognise the shape of a Coca-Cola bottle as trade mark. According to the New York Times (see here), Coca-Cola had been pushing for this mark since 2003. They have succeeded where many other famous brands have failed including Yakult who also tried to register the shape…Read more »

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