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Movie-maker tries to wipe ‘Happy Birthday’ copyright


A documentary-maker has sued US publishing house Warner/Chappell Music in an attempt to invalidate the copyright protecting the ‘Happy Birthday to You’ song.

US Supreme Court strikes Myriad blow


The US Supreme Court has ruled that isolated human DNA is not patent eligible and has struck down patents owned by biotech company Myriad, ending a long-running and controversial case.

FIFA clamps down on World Cup ambush marketing


Football’s world governing body FIFA has taken action against 100 ambush marketers in the past six months, ahead of next year’s football World Cup in Brazil.

Chinese software pirate jailed for 12 years


A Chinese national who distributed hundreds of pirated software products online was jailed in the US for 12 years on Tuesday.

TiVo settles for less than expected with Motorola and Cisco


TiVo, which makes set-top boxes for televisions, has settled patent litigation with Google-owned Motorola Mobility, Cisco Systems and Time Warner Cable for a combined $490 million.

Bird & Bird hires partner in Poland

Poland11-06-2013Movers & Shakers

Bird & Bird LLP has hired Malgorzata Darowska as a partner in its Polish office.

ITC clears Netflix of Rovi patent infringement


The International Trade Commission has cleared video-streaming site Netflix of infringing four patents owned by digital entertainment company Rovi.

IP owners asked to re-register Ethiopian trademarks


The Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office has asked IP owners to re-register any trademarks filed before July 7, 2006.

ICANN’s Atallah to lead new division


Akram Atallah, chief operating officer at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, is moving sideways to lead a new department – the generic domains division.

K&L Gates strengthens in Orange County

10-06-2013Movers & Shakers

US law firm K&L Gates LLP has hired Kimberley Chen Nobles as a intellectual property partner in its Orange County office.

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