28 October 2019TrademarksRobert Reading

Emoji TMs: an emotional journey

Emojis—those yellow smiley faces and pictographs for everything from apples to zebras—have quickly become an indispensable part of our modern communications. We take them for granted, but they actually have a long and complicated history, and IP plays a key role in their current form, and their future.

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23 May 2016   It’s unclear whether emojis can be protected by copyright but there may be a thin level of protection, the International Trademark Association’s annual conference has heard.