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CJEU rules ISPs can be told to block access to websites


Internet Service Providers can be forced to block access to websites that infringe copyright, and blocking orders are compatible with European Union law, Europe’s highest court has ruled.

US customs seize counterfeit goods totalling $1 billion


US border officials carried out more than 24,000 seizures of counterfeit and pirated goods valued at more than $1 billion in the 12 months to October 2013, official figures show.

Spherix accuses Cisco of “immense” patent infringement


IP development company Spherix Incorporated has filed a lawsuit against technology company Cisco Systems asserting a series of patents in a lucrative portfolio it acquired last year.

Surge in Google takedown requests


The number of takedown requests sent to Google asking for the removal of infringing content has shot up by 711,887 percent in four years, a report claims.

OHIM hosts conference to fight piracy in sport


The Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market and Europol have organised a conference to tackle counterfeiting and piracy in sport.

European Commission defends ‘patent box’ probe


The European Commission has defended its probe into schemes offering tax breaks for patentees, claiming they could benefit “highly mobile businesses” without triggering additional research and development activity.

Germany to ratify UPC


The department responsible for the legal system in Germany has revealed it will be ratifying the Unified Patent Court proposals.

Two men admit guilt after app piracy charge


Two US citizens have admitted distributing more than a million pirated apps, becoming the first people to face prison for criminal offences related to app piracy.

Apple and Amazon named in $5.2 billion copyright suit


A man in the US has demanded an eye-watering $5.2 billion from Apple, Amazon and CD Baby, an online distributor of music, for alleged copyright infringement.

TMCH sends more than 500,000 cybersquatting warnings


The Trademark Clearinghouse has issued more than half a million pre-registration warnings to Internet users, it has revealed.

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