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Italian police investigate newspaper piracy on Telegram

Italy23-09-2019Rory O'Neill

Italian authorities are investigating the operators of groups on the WhatsApp and Telegram platforms which facilitate the pirate distribution of newspapers, according to reports.

Australian software patent ruling will not affect examinations

Australia23-09-2019Rory O'Neill

Australia’s IP office has confirmed that a recent decision in a high-profile patent case does not affect examination procedure for software patents.

Willfulness should not be required for profits award: AIPLA

23-09-2019Rory O'Neill

A body representing US IP lawyers has urged the US Supreme Court to rule that willful infringement is not required for an award of profits.

The Clash serve Wilson with TM suit over tennis rackets

23-09-2019Rory O'Neill

The company representing UK punk band The Clash has sued Wilson Sporting Goods over tennis rackets bearing the band’s name.

EU General Court increases bench, creates specialised IP chambers

EU23-09-2019Sarah Morgan

The EU General Court has created specialised IP chambers as part of measures accompanying the court’s increase in size.

Dating app accuses Tinder of “classic bully tactics” over TM

20-09-2019Saman Javed

Tinder has sent a second notice of infringement to a competing dating app, Wild, alleging that its use of a flame icon infringes Tinder’s trademark.

Brands should add social media to their IP protection strategies: MarkMonitor

EU20-09-2019Saman Javed

Almost two thirds of consumers believe it is a brand owner’s responsibility to keep them safe from counterfeiters, a new report suggests.

Marques 2019: clarity needed on non-traditional marks

EU20-09-2019Rory O'Neill

There has been a slow uptake in filings for the new, so-called ‘non-traditional’ EU trademarks since their introduction under the EU 2017/1001 trademark regulations, while a number of problems remain to be solved regarding criteria for registration.

Marques 2019: China’s fight against ‘malicious’ registrations

China20-09-2019Rory O'Neill

Events such as the Marques annual conference are an important opportunity for Chinese brands to build links to the European market, as well as for international attendees to gain a “deeper understanding” of the Chinese legal system.

EU report: Increase in small parcels but decrease in number of fake goods

Cambodia, China, EU, Turkey20-09-2019Saman Javed

The number of parcels seized by EU customs containing fake goods increased in 2018, while the total number of counterfeits inside the parcels decreased compared to previous years.

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