News in the field of Intellectual Property
The ways in which we access and receive news these days have changed considerably. With the advent of social media, news items are not only visible sooner, but they’re also available to a much larger group. Information is shared more quickly to the extent that we’re often inundated with an unmanageable amount of information and news items. News items are also becoming more ‘superficial’ and, while we at Novagraaf regularly use Twitter, we do also believe in the need to understand the full picture and background behind today’s news stories. That’s why we work to keep you informed on all developments in the field of Intellectual Property, in general, and the background of the news, in particular.
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Software protection and patents
The US Supreme Court will rule for the first time in decades on patent protection for computer software, taking up a case that has divided the industry and may reverberate through the American economy.
‘Afrika’ is distinctive when used with foodstuffs
The word ‘Afrika’ is distinctive when used for foodstuffs. Unlike for example Asia and South America, Afrika sounds exotic to the average EU consumer and it wouldn’t commonly be associated with foodstuffs.
Domain names seized for counterfeiting-related offences
The UK’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU), along with authorities in eight other countries, seized hundreds of domain names this week for allegedly selling counterfeit goods online to unsuspecting consumers. A total of 590 domain names were targeted as part of the ‘Transatlantic 3’ project, which took place on 3 December to coincide with ‘Cyber Monday’, the biggest..
US government pays out $50m in piracy case
The US government has agreed to pay $50 million as part of a settlement agreement, after it was accused of pirating ‘thousands’ of copies of military software. Apptricity, based in Texas, has provided logistics programs to the US Army since 2004. The company said it had discovered last year that its software had been installed on many more machines than had been licensed.
The first of the new top-level domains have arrived
Last spring, we told you about the introduction of hundreds of new internet extensions (generic Top-Level Domain Names or ‘gTLDs’) that were expected to launch in the near future. A lot has happened since then and, towards the end of last month, the first new gTLDs (including .bike, .clothing and .ventures) were launched, marking the beginning of the biggest change to the internet since its..
MONOPOLY vs. GALATOPOLY
In the UK, Olusegun Victor Ibitoye applied to register the word mark GALATOPOLY for games and related products. Hasbro Inc opposed this application, basing the opposition on the earlier trademark MONOPOLY. Hearing Officer David Landau finally decided in favour of the MONOPOLY-trademark, stating that MONOPOLY has a very substantial reputation for board games and related products and that there..
Trademark law in Myanmar
The Myanmar government is aiming to introduce Intellectual Property laws next year. At the moment, Myanmar does not have any kind of legislation with regards to Intellectual Property.
Google files patent to protect social media ‘robot’
A Google software engineer has filed a US patent application to protect ‘a system and method for the automatic generation of suggestions for personalised reactions or messages’ on e-mail, SMS, micro-blogs, social media networks and other such systems. The patent, if granted, could revolutionise the way that we use social media at work and at home.
Google defeats copyright challenge to its digital library
Google’s long-running dispute with the US Authors Guild took a step towards resolution this month, after the search engine company overcome a 2005 legal challenge to stop it scanning and uploading excerpts from millions of books to its digital library.
Disney drops multimillion copyright claim
Walt Disney and some other movie and TV studios have asked a federal court to dismiss their initial copyright-infringement case against the file-sharing website Lime Wire and its founder, Mark Gorton.