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Bruno Mars looks to dismiss ‘Uptown Funk’ lawsuit


Singer Bruno Mars and record producer Mark Ronson have agreed with the representatives of 1980s electro-funk band Collage to dismiss a copyright dispute.

Court grants win for music publishers in concert streaming dispute

13-04-2018Trademarks + Brands Online News

A US court has handed a group of music publishers a victory in their battle with a music concert streaming service.

‘Black Friday’ TM lacks distinctiveness in Germany, says trademark office


The German Patent and Trademark Office has concluded that the term ‘Black Friday’ lacks distinctiveness, in a trademark dispute involving PayPal and a Hong Kong-based company. 

Ford settles patent clash with hybrid vehicle developer


Hybrid vehicle technology company Paice has settled its patent battle with Ford as part of a licence agreement between the parties.

UKIPO serves up bad news to ‘MasterChef’ TM owner


The UK Intellectual Property Office has rejected a trademark opposition filed by the production company behind popular TV series “MasterChef”.

China to introduce punitive damages for IP infringements


China’s State Intellectual Property Office has announced that the country will soon introduce punitive damages for IP infringements in an effort to ensure that offenders pay a “big price”.

US needs more positive patent dialogue, says Andrei Iancu

12-04-2018Patent News

Andrei Iancu, director of the US Patent and Trademark Office, has said the US must create a more positive dialogue around patents.

Liverpool FC hope to score in TM infringement case

12-04-2018Trademarks News

UK-based Liverpool Football Club is taking on US-based Red Slopes Soccer Foundation in a trademark infringement case.

Publishers in uphill battle against host of 4m illicit articles


An academic file-sharing platform is allegedly hosting four million illicit articles despite attempts by publishers to make the site “copyright-compliant”, according to a progress update from a coalition of publishers.

UKIPO puts mattress retailers’ TM dispute to bed


The UK Intellectual Property Office has dismissed a mattress retailer’s trademark opposition, after finding that its opposition to a competitor’s mark was “untenable”.

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