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Goodbye Mr Spock

Written by Michael Coyle on 28 February 2015

CBS is the registered owner of all the Star Treck trade marks including the Mr Spock marks (note its NOT Dr Spock- different Spock guy altogether) "Its illogical not to file and register a trade mark Captain..."
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Single but not for long...

Written by Michael Coyle on 27 February 2015

Scarlett Johansson's band the Singles has received a cease and desist letter and advised that it must change its name.The band along with Este Haim, Holly Miranda, Kendra Morris and Julia Haltigan, and recently published a song called Candy.
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Cyber squatting and domain names

Written by Gcobisa Bonani on 27 February 2015

Cyber squatting occurs when a person registers, sells or makes use of a domain name with the intention of making a profit from the reputation of the trademark or business name belonging to another. An example of this is where a business has a registered trademark for a clothing brand, for example “Urban Outfitters”, although prior to the trademark owner registering the domain name for the business, a cybersquatter registers the domain name www.urbanoutfitters.co.uk thus preventing the actual trademark owner from using this name.
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Ralph Lauren Polo vs. Polo SA

Written by Gcobisa Bonani on 27 February 2015

Ralph Lauren Corporation is an internationally recognised fashion company who own the hugely popular brand Ralph Lauren Polo. Ralph Lauren Polo is sold across the world by the US Corporation, who acquired exclusive intellectual property rights in the brand in almost every country with the exception of one. In South Africa, Ralph Lauren Polo is prohibited from selling their products in this country, and is prevented by South African trade mark laws . But how is this possible, given the existence of the trade marked US label, Ralph Lauren Polo?
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i -expensive. Smart guys

Written by Michael Coyle on 27 February 2015

Smart guys all over the world were smiling as Smartflash the Texas Patent licensing company were awarded $532.9 million after a federal jury found its software was infringed by iTunes.
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Playboy takes on Playboy

Written by Michael Coyle on 21 February 2015

Michael Ross is currently suing Playboy according to Bloomberg http://www.bloomberg.com/topics/intellectual-property. The dispute concerns Mr Ross's use of playboy.london.
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Criminality and Twitter

Written by Michael Coyle on 21 February 2015

Big Brother Watch have reported that over 300 people have either been charged or cautioned for messages on social media.
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Dilution Google to lose

Written by Ellis Sweetenham on 14 February 2015

Trade mark dilution is a legal term that can be applied to some of the world’s famous brands but what actually does it mean and what are the implications?
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Kiss Ass back online

Written by Michael Coyle on 14 February 2015

KickAssTorrents is the world’s most popular file sharing site. A place where you can go and download films and music etc without the rights holders' consent was removed this week only for it to relaunch.
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Welcome to the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015

Written by Michael Coyle on 13 February 2015

Welcome to the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 or as the media like to shout 'REVENGE PORN UNLAWFUL'. The Bill received Royal Assent on 12 February 2015 and is now an Act of Parliament (law). Summary To make provision about how offenders are dealt with before and after conviction; to amend the offence of possession of extreme pornographic images; to make provision about the proceedings and powers of courts and tribunals; to make provision about judicial review; and for connected purposes. http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2014-15/criminaljusticeandcourts.html
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Copyright extended

Written by Ellis Sweetenham on 13 February 2015

Copyright recap! Copyright owners will be note that following amendments to the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 ('CDPA 1988') the life of their copyright has been increased.
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Protecting your trademark abroad

Written by Gcobisa Bonani on 13 February 2015

Brands and trademarks are at the heart of every business and can be a valuable asset for any company. Registration of a trademark serves as a way of obtaining a monopoly for your particular mark.
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