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NEWS

03
12
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OUR SELECTION OF #IPNEWS AND ARTICLES OF THE WEEK

  1. Copyright protection of fictional characters: is it possible? How far can it go?
  1. Companies Like Amazon Cannot Escape Trademark Infringement Liability Simply Because They're Not the Seller, Says CJEU Advisor
  1. Marc Jacobs Denies Infringement, argues that Nirvana Case is Barred by Courtney Love's Involvement
  1. The implementation in France of the EU Directive relating to trade marks
  1. ‘Day day up’ trade mark case and two English systems in China
  1. Facebook removes controversial Tory advert on copyright grounds
  1. AG Bobek suggests broadening possibility to submit new arguments and evidence before General Court in trade mark opposition proceedings
  1. Paris Court Grants Anti-Anti-Suit Injunction in IPCom v. Lenovo
  1. Clarivate acquires IP case law data company Darts-ip
  1. In UK, more than half of fake good purchases are deliberate
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26
11
19

OUR SELECTION OF #IPNEWS AND ARTICLES OF THE WEEK

  1. Versace is Suing Fashion Nova for "Brazenly" Copying its Designs, Infringing its Trademarks
  1. Glossier Filed 2 Trademark Applications This Spring That Say a Lot About Modern Branding
  1. Two Celebrity Stylists and a Project Runway Alum Are Facing Off Over the Name "The Kit" for Their Respective Brands
  1. Baby Yoda GIFs back online after copyright confusion
  1. China vows to lower threshold for IP infringement
  1. Japan Tobacco loses ‘House of Silk’ TM opposition at UKIPO
  1. Kylie Minogue decor brand loses copyright claim
  1. Polish Constitutional Tribunal rules that rightholders can claim damages amounting to twice a hypothetical licence fee in copyright infringement cases
  1. Hold Your Colour – Cancellation Action against Nivea Blue withdrawn after 11-Year Saga in Germany
  1. Common sense prevails in trade mark specification interpretation
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20
11
19

OUR SELECTION OF #IPNEWS AND ARTICLES OF THE WEEK

  1. The global digital enforcement of intellectual property

 

  1. Supreme is Being Sued for Allegedly Hijacking Another Brand's Camo Print

 

  1. Intellectual property and e-commerce: Alibaba’s perspective

 

  1. In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different: Chanel in trade mark dispute over GABRIELLE mark

 

  1.  Foreo Wins Counterfeit Case for Design Infringement in Shanghai

 

  1. Ferrero succeeds in enforcing its rights in the Tic Tac container before Italian court

 

  1. Marc Jacobs fails to dismiss Nirvana smiley face case

 

  1. “COPYRIGHT IS FOR LOSERS”; MA IL MARCHIO NO

 

  1. Halewood faces opposition from Vera Lynn over gin trademark

 

  1. Journalist group files trademark for “fake news” so Trump can’t use it
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12
11
19

OUR SELECTION OF #IPNEWS AND ARTICLES OF THE WEEK

1. An Italian Court Rules Once and for All to Allow Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Vitruvian Man’ to Travel to the Louvre, Ending Years of Legal Wrangling

2. From Ikea Signage to "Product Bags," a Look at Off-White's Quest to Claim Rights in Quotation Marks

 

3. General Court: Board of Appeal incorrectly interpreted specification of earlier trademarks

 

4. EU-China agreement on geographical indications

 

5. Monopolizing and Monetizing a Color: What is the Value of Tiffany & Co.'s Trademark Blue Hue?

 

6. Instagram to Test Hiding "Likes" in the U.S. What Does that Mean for Influencers, Brands?

 

7. Sharon Stone is Suing Rapper Chanel West Coast Over "Sharon Stoned" Song and Video

 

8.  EUROPOL-EUIPO: strengthening cooperation in the fight against IP crime

 

9. EU – EP Paper: CJEU case law does not expressly exclude the possibility to allow a non -EU Member State to form part of the UPCA

 

10. Italian Guardia di Finanza seized 4.500 household and school goods.

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05
11
19

OUR SELECTION OF #IPNEWS AND ARTICLES OF THE WEEK

  1. The REAL Bentley! Luxury car giant is banned from using the name on clothes after losing trademark battle with a family firm in Manchester:

 

  1. Apple recently filed a new patent for an iPhone with a wraparound glass screen that forms 'a continuous loop':

 

  1. European patents help SMEs commercialise high-potential inventions, new study shows:

 

  1. Kim Kardashian is Suing an App Developer for $10 Million for Using Her Image in its Ad Campaign:

 

  1. Benelux Court of Justice rules on use of a well-known trade mark in a work of art:

 

  1. Efforts to Trademark Manuka Honey Lead to Diplomatic Dispute:

 

  1. Conor McGregor’s lawyers hit back over attempt to block trademark:

 

  1. Why Kylie Jenner's 'rise and shine' trademark try may not see the light of day:

 

  1. Kawhi Leonard Files Trademark Application for "What It Do Baby":

 

  1. LG Electronics sues Chinese TV maker Hisense over patent violation:

 

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29
10
19

OUR SELECTION OF #IPNEWS AND ARTICLES OF THE WEEK

  1. WIPO celebrates 20 years of UDRP; votes against reform: https://www.worldipreview.com/news/wipo-celebrates-20-years-of-udrp-votes-against-reform-18821;
  2. Taylor Swift returns to US court after appeal over copyright lawsuit: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/oct/29/taylor-swift-copyright-lawsuit-shake-it-off-players-gon-plat-3lw;
  3. Why Kylie Jenner's 'rise and shine' trademark try may not see the light of day: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/why-kylie-jenner-might-face-hurdles-with-rise-and-shine-trademark-filing-120039211.html;
  4. Record labels share fears over counterfeit vinyl - reports: https://www.worldipreview.com/news/record-labels-share-fears-over-counterfeit-vinyls-reports-18819;
  5. South Korean TMs involved in more than 1,000 infringement cases - KIPO: https://www.worldipreview.com/news/south-korean-tms-involved-in-more-than-1-000-infringement-cases-kipo-18818;
  6. Is China’s Invasive New Cybersecurity Law Another Backdoor to American Intellectual Property? https://www.theepochtimes.com/is-chinas-invasive-new-cybersecurity-law-another-backdoor-to-american-intellectual-property_3126335.html;
  7. INSIGHT: Intellectual Property Challenges During an AI Boom: https://news.bloomberglaw.com/us-law-week/insight-intellectual-property-challenges-during-an-ai-boom;
  8. Nike Files Fourth Lawsuit Against Skechers Alleging Knockoff Sneakers, Denies 'Bullying' Claim: https://www.newsweek.com/nike-files-fourth-lawsuit-against-skechers-alleging-knockoff-sneakers-denies-bullying-claim-1468264
  9. Record labels share fears over counterfeit vinyls – reports: https://www.worldipreview.com/news/record-labels-share-fears-over-counterfeit-vinyls-reports-18819;
  10. Fortnite Maker Epic Games Sues Alleged Online Counterfeiters: https://news.bloomberglaw.com/ip-law/fortnite-maker-epic-games-sues-alleged-online-counterfeiters-1;
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22
10
19

OUR SELECTION OF #IPNEWS AND ARTICLES OF THE WEEK

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15
10
19

OUR SELECTION OF #IPNEWS AND ARTICLES OF THE WEEK

  1. Adidas Prevails in Japanese Trademark Fight Over "adidog"
  1. Jennifer Lopez is Being Sued for Copyright Infringement Over Instagram Post of Herself
  1. Twitter removes Trump campaign video after Queen complain
  1. From Gigi Hadid and Nicki Minaj to Virgil Abloh and Marc Jacobs: A Running List of Paparazzi Copyright Suits
  1. The U.S. Trademark Office is Not Making it Easy for Off-White to Register its Red Zip Tie
  1. Chile vs Peru: the battle over ‘Pisco’ continues
  1. Google seeks non-infringement declaration over Android keyboard app
  1. Online bank sues Facebook’s Calibra over ‘identical’ logo
  1. One World Trade Center copyright claims are time-barred: judge
  1. When it's time to pay for copyright infringement: the new "fork in the road" under Colombian law
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08
10
19

OUR SELECTION OF #IPNEWS AND ARTICLES OF THE WEEK

1. “Manuka Madness” in China Leads to Billion Dollar Bi-National Trademark War

2. Meghan Markle Files Copyright, UK Data Protection Act Lawsuit Against Media Co. Over Publication of Letter

 

3. Michael Kors targets eBay user over counterfeit sales

 

4. Lebron James’ Trademark Application for Taco Tuesday Denied

 

5. OAPI joins TMview

 

6. Whose Dish Is It Anyway?

 

7. Apple countersuit quashes ‘patent troll’ keyboard claims

 

8.  Premier League hails conviction of beoutQ streaming box retailer

 

9. Five counterfeit hotspots in Ecuador that you should be aware of

 

10. “T-SHIRT” Italian Guardia di Finanza Operation

               

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24
09
19

OUR SELECTION OF #IPNEWS AND ARTICLES OF THE WEEK

  1. The Clash serve Wilson with TM suit over tennis rackets: https://www.worldipreview.com/news/the-clash-serves-wilson-with-tm-suit-over-tennis-rackets-18660;
  2. EU report: Increase in small parcels but decrease in number of fake goods: https://www.worldipreview.com/news/eu-report-increase-in-small-parcels-but-decrease-in-number-of-fake-goods-18654;
  3. University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce Launches Innovative Hybrid JD Program: https://www.ipwatchdog.com/2019/09/23/unh-franklin-pierce-launches-innovative-hybrid-jd-program/id=113712/;
  4. Turkish kiwis from Black Sea Region awarded GI patent: https://www.freshplaza.com/article/9146145/turkish-kiwis-from-black-sea-region-awarded-gi-patent/;
  5. Driver's License: Copyright Infringement in the World of Street Art: https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/driver-s-license-copyright-infringement-10603/;
  6. Getting Creative with Video Games: DMCA Takedowns and You: https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/getting-creative-with-video-games-dmca-44513/;
  7. Apple Lawsuit 2019: Tim Cook’s Firm Faces Lawsuit Over AirPods Patents: https://www.ibtimes.com/apple-lawsuit-2019-tim-cooks-firm-faces-lawsuit-over-airpods-patents-2831311;
  8. India: Faking It In Fashion: http://www.mondaq.com/india/x/845644/Trademark/Faking+It+In+Fashion;
  9. Plagiarism, Copyright and Toxic Fandoms: https://www.plagiarismtoday.com/2019/09/23/plagiarism-copyright-and-toxic-fandoms/;
  10. Italian police investigate newspaper piracy on Telegram: https://www.worldipreview.com/news/italian-police-investigate-newspaper-piracy-on-telegram-18670
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09
09
19

OUR SELECTION OF #IPNEWS AND ARTICLES OF THE WEEK

  1. Curbing cultural appropriation in the fashion industry with intellectual property
  1. Patagonia Does Not Want its Products - Even Authentic Ones - Sold on Amazon
  1. Teqball: the challenges associated with developing this new sport, the role played by intellectual property (IP) in furthering the company’s ambitions to promote the sport globally and, ultimately, for it to become an Olympic sport.
  1. The issue of fake replica football kits is growing in the UK and Ireland
  1. Drake sued for copyright infringement of a beat
  1. The Katy Perry decision demonstrates that American copyright law is "out of tune in several ways".
  1. How to Protect Your Trademarks on the Top 6 Social Media Platforms
  1. YouTube takes copyright law into their own hands with new policy on music infringement
  1. Some of the reasons why there is now a growing trend for applicants to submit their Chinese trademark through the CNIPA rather than the WIPO.
  1. The facepalm trademark case in China
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29
08
19

OUR SELECTION OF #IPNEWS AND ARTICLES OF THE WEEK

1. Parmigiano Reggiano sues Kraft food

 

2. Supermac revoked another McDonald’s trademark in the EU

 

3. Global Innovation Index 2019 published

 

4. Yosemite Gets its Trademarks back in Settlement Agreement

 

5. New Balance Wants to Shut Down Nautica's Use of a "Block Letter 'N'" in New Lawsuit

 

6. Australia mulls ‘offensive marks’ to protect indigenous knowledge

 

7. Canada signed the Patent Law Treaty

 

8.  Apple chip supplier to ‘vigorously defend’ lawsuits

 

9. Book publishers sue Audible over new ‘Captions’ feature

 

10.  “BLACK FRIDAY” Italian Guardia di Finanza Operation

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20
08
19

OUR SELECTION OF #IPNEWS AND ARTICLES OF THE WEEK

  1. BMW Patents Electrically Supercharged Motorcycle Based On S1000RR, Images Leaked
  1. Honda stops car-repair company’s trademark at UKIPO
  1. Photographer sues Alexander Wang over Dua Lipa snap
  1. How to Trademark Hashtags in Australia
  1. Singapore and WIPO Center Collaborate to Reduce Copyright Dispute Mediation Costs for Creative Community
  1. YouTube Combats Copyright Trolls With Content ID Policy Changes
  1. N. Korea establishes institution in charge of intellectual property
  1. Nigeria: How We're Checking Music Copyright Infringement – MCSN
  1. Walmart files patent for blockchain-powered drone comms
  1. France becomes first EU nation to adopt Copyright Directive

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14
08
19

OUR SELECTION OF #IPNEWS AND ARTICLES OF THE WEEK

  1. From Gigi Hadid and Nicki Minaj to Versace and Marc Jacobs: A Running List of Paparazzi Copyright Suits
  1. Message from WIPO DG Gurry on International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
  1. Steve Madden Says Rothy's Threats of Trade Dress, Patent Infringement Suit Have "Placed a Cloud" Over its Biz
  1. Olaplex Lands Nearly $100 Million Win in "David v. Goliath" Fight Against L'Oreal
  1. Levi's and Saint Laurent Have Made Peace Over the Fashion Brand's Allegedly Infringing Pocket Tabs
  1. Rolex files TM suit against jewellery store over its signage
  1. Guns N’ Roses settle trademark suit with brewery
  1. DJ names Cardi B and French Montana in copyright suit
  1. What Does a Fight Over the Protectability of Banana Costumes Mean for the Fashion Industry?
  1. Cyndi Lauper settles ‘Kinky Boots’ copyright suit
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06
08
19

OUR SELECTION OF #IPNEWS AND ARTICLES OF THE WEEK

  1. 50 years after the moon landing, protecting the space sector’s intellectual property is vital ǀ View:

 

  1. Huawei registers more trademarks: P600 to P1000:

 

  1. CBS Files Trademarks for ‘Star Trek: Section 31’ and ‘Star Trek: Prodigy’:

 

 

  1. Elementals Trademarks Go To War:

 

  1. How trademarks can work as assets for MSMEs:

 

  1. 90's Sweater Co. Coogi Says it Does Not Need Authorization to Promote Ties to Notorious B.I.G. in NBA Jersey Lawsuit:

 

  1. Ford Files Trademark For Bronco Outer Banks, Bronco Big Bend:

 

  1. Nokia v. Daimler: (anti-)anti suit injunctions and the Brussels I regime in global FRAND litigation:

 

  1. Huawei Threatens to Raise Patent Royalties on US Firms:

 

  1. Why Companies Should Seek Higher Damages for Counterfeiting:

 

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29
07
19

OUR SELECTION OF #IPNEWS AND ARTICLES OF THE WEEK

  1. The Legal Practice Service of EUIPO has published an overview of the Case-Law from the General Court and from the Court of Justice in connection with trademark and design matters. Check it out at the following link:

 

  1. UPDATE: Vogue's Parent Company is Still Fighting a Brand Called Black Vogue Over its Name

 

  1. NASA has one small portfolio of trademarks, one giant global identity for its brand

 

  1. The trademark question that never stops giving: when is there a material difference between the registered form and the form of actual use?

 

  1. Kawhi Leonard Sues Nike for Copyright Infringement of His Logo
  1. Copyright Infringement Confirmed, but No Damages for "Cordoba" Photographer

 

  1. Tiffany & Co. Asks Appeals Court to Uphold Lower Court's Decision, Despite Costco's "False Narrative" & "Mischaracterizations"

 

  1. Amazon Sued for Trademark Infringement by Prime Trucking Company

 

  1. The Italian Guardia di Finanza seizes 600 Yves Saint Laurent “Kate Tassel” bags in Brindisi

 

  1. The Italian Guardia di Finanza seizes numerous counterfeit products in Grosseto
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23
07
19

Our Selection of #IPNEWS and Articles of the Week

  1. Rome Court finds videosharing platform directly liable for content uploaded by users

 

  1. Gigi Hadid Victorious in Paparazzi Photo Copyright Case, as Court Cites Fourth Estate Decision

 

  1. Anastasia Beverly Hills' "Hard Candy" Highlighter Does Not Infringe Same-Named Beauty Brand

 

  1. Chinese Copycats Have Come for Muji, Which is Largely Without Recourse

 

  1. Has the Cat Got Your Copyright? The dilemma of animal-created works

 

  1. Guest post: YouTube shifts the burden: requires manual copyright claimants to timestamp the allegedly infringing material; simplifies the rectification process

 

  1. Red Bull sues rival F1 sponsor Rich Energy for trade mark infringement

 

  1. Amazon is Now the Subject of a Formal Antitrust Investigation by the European Commission

 

  1. House Hearing Highlights China, E-Commerce Contributions to Cluttering of U.S. Trademark Register

 

  1. A Look at Five Cases at the International Trade Commission: Apple v. Qualcomm, Jurisdiction Issues, and Overlap with the FDA
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15
07
19

Our Selection of #IPNEWS and Articles of the Week

1. Virgil Abloh's Off-White is Being Sued for Allegedly Hijacking the Name of Another Company Named OffWhite

 

2. Chanel’s ‘Double C’ trade mark loss in China – an unacceptable conclusion?

 

3. Facebook to be fined $5bn for Cambridge Analytica privacy violations – reports

 

4. Amazon Sued for Trademark Infringement by Prime Trucking Company

 

5. Freedom of expression transcends morality in US trademark registration

 

6. To love Y is not as to fly

 

7. Taiwan jurisdiction report: Amendments to Taiwan patent law

 

8.  Marriott to ‘contest’ £99m data breach fine

 

9. EU General Court sides with Audi in TM appeal

 

10.  Over 500 counterfeit clothing items seized by Italian Guardia di Finanza

              

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09
07
19

Our Selection of #IPNEWS and Articles of the Week

  1. Brazil Joins WIPO’s International Trademark System:

 

  1. BREIN shuts down illegal e-book sharing Facebook groups:

 

  1. Winning younger generations over to the value of copyright:

 

  1. Kim Kardashian wins $2.7m in Missguided TM suit:

 

  1. Intellectual Property Software Market: Growing Awareness of Companies to Protect their Rights Spikes Demand:

 

  1. 2019-2024 Semiconductor (Silicon) Intellectual Property Market Latest Research by Business Expansion Plans, Growth Rate, Industry Demand Status, Top Opportunities, and Forecast:

 

  1. China's trademark registration surges 68 pct in H1:

 

  1. How should enterprises manage trademarks?

 

  1. Mr. Justice Arnold finds Conversant patent infringed but invalid for added matter in Conversant v Huawei:

 

  1. Photographer sues Universal Music over Sun Ra photo:

 

  1. To Combat Rampant Piracy, a U.N. Organization Launches a Global Anti-Piracy Database:

 

  1. Progress stalls on EU plan for cost-cutting patent court:
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02
07
19

Our Selection of #IPNEWS and Articles of the Week

  1. Regeneron Seeks Associate Director, Patent Attorney in Portfolio Development:

 

  1. Hours, Clients, Millions of Dollars: Haute Couture by the Numbers:

 

  1. Lucky Brand and Marcel Fashions’ Nearly 20 Year-Long Fight to Go Before Supreme Court:

 

  1. Gigi Hadid, Smile for the Copyright:

 

  1. Britney Spears' Dad is Suing the Blogger Behind the "Defamatory" #FreeBritney Movement:

 

  1. Automotives: the next battlefield of SEP litigation?

 

  1. CIPA: IP in a post-Brexit world:

 

  1. SCOTUS to clarify rules on awarding TM profits; defence ‘preclusion’:

 

  1. Pattern trademarks do not consist exclusively of a shape whenever they are not indissociable from the product:

 

  1. The New Copyright Directive: Collective licensing as a way to strike a fair balance between creator and user interests in copyright legislation (Article 12):

 

  1. The Italian Guardia di Finanza seized more than 4 million of counterfeit cosmetic products manufactured in China:
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24
06
19

Our Selection of #IPNEWS and Articles of the Week

  1. Adidas loses three-stripe trademark battle in European court:

 

  1. Amazon wins ‘.amazon’ domain name, aggravating South American region and undermining digital commons:

 

  1. ‘The Walking Dead’ producer sues company for TM infringement:

 

 

  1. Amazon granted patent for surveillance drones service:

 

  1. Every invention you use has one thing in common:

 

  1. How Do You Solve a Problem Like Deepfakes?:

 

  1. IPOS, Lloyd's and Antares launch IP litigation insurance initiative:

 

  1. China introduces 'intent to use' to combat trade mark squatting in its recent law amendment:

 

  1. Huawei Threatens to Raise Patent Royalties on US Firms:

 

  1. Massive operation against counterfeit goods nets 30 suspects and millions of products:

 

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17
06
19

Our Selection of #IPNEWS and Articles of the Week

1. New Europol/EUIPO Threat Assessment Report confirms links between IP crime and organised crime in the EU 

 

2. Lego Files Lawsuit for Trademark Infringement

 

3. EUTM applications pass 2 million

 

4. Amid a Flurry of "Cultural Appropriation" Claims Aimed at Carolina Herrera, What is Going on (Legally)?

 

5. Apple wins 2 Design Patents for Apple Store Shelving Units and the Figurative Trademark for 'Apple Music UP NEXT'

 

6. Metallica to pay €7,000 for "Viva Colonia" cover

 

7. Brazil moves closer to Madrid accession

 

8.  La Liga fined €250,000 for breach of GDPR

 

9. Copyright dispute over Aboriginal flag sparks debate

 

10.  Over 2.000 fake “AirPods” seized by Italian Guardia di Finanza

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10
06
19

Our Selection of #IPNEWS and Articles of the Week

 

  1. EUIPO’s Christian Archambeau on Globalization, EUTM Trends, and Brexit
  1. In Search of Greater ROI, Counterfeiters Are "Incentivized" by Products with High Resale Values, Per New Report
  1. Why There Are More Counterfeit Rolexes Than Any Other Product in the World
  1. Sampling Mumbo Jumbo: Minecraft YouTuber receives copyright claims on hundreds of videos in a matter of hours
  1. Teen-Favored Retailer Brandy Melville is Suing Over Copycat Tees and Stickers
  1. Basketball Star Kawhi Leonard Claims Nike Stole His Design and Registered it with the Copyright Office
  1. Police call for YouTube influencers to stop using fake make up
  1. Annual loss of €56 billion across the EU due to counterfeits: report
  1. Restoring IP Rights After the Destructive, Unjust Antitrust Rendering in FTC v. Qualcomm
  1. The Pathway to Foreign Damages for Patent Infringement
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03
06
19

OUR SELECTION OF #IPNEWS AND ARTICLES OF THE WEEK

  1. Will Marvel Studios face copyright infringement claim for using Ghanaian kente designs in the Black Panther movie?

 

  1. What's in a Name? Chanel's Global Quest to Protect the Name of a Color

 

  1. Settlement Of Suit Over Tom Brady Photo Leaves Major Online Copyright Issue Unresolved

 

  1. Iron Maiden Sues 'Ion Maiden' Video Game Creators, Alleging Trademark Infringement

 

  1. Amazon is "Upending" the $250 Billion-Plus Licensed Merch Business

 

  1. Adidas seeks shut down of counterfeit sites

 

  1. Finnish Market Court rejects Harley Davidson appeal

 

  1. German Court Says Reseller's Use of Brand Names in Ads is Not Only Acceptable but "Necessary"

 

  1. Make Canada Great Again trademark dispute

 

  1. “Obituary piracy” and what it could mean for archival institutions
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27
05
19

Our Selection of #IPNEWS and Articles of the Week

  1. Eurythmics' Dave Stewart sells music catalogue to Hipgnosis: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/may/10/hipgnosis-buys-music-catalogue-eurythmics-dave-stewart;
  2. Pepe the Frog copyright suit to go to trial: https://www.worldipreview.com/news/pepe-the-frog-copyright-suit-to-go-to-trial-18064;
  3. EPO unveils European Inventor Award 2019 nominees: https://www.worldipreview.com/news/epo-unveils-european-inventor-award-2019-nominees-17995;
  4. US blacklists Huawei amid ongoing IP trade row: https://www.worldipreview.com/news/us-blacklists-huawei-amid-ongoing-ip-trade-row-18042;
  5. Alibaba VP hails anti-counterfeiting success: https://www.worldipreview.com/news/alibaba-vp-hails-anti-counterfeiting-success-18021;
  6. INTA President Calls on the Global Trademark Community to Join the Battle against Counterfeiting En Masse: http://www.ag-ip-news.com/news.aspx?id=51953&lang=en;
  7. Joint EPO-EUIPO Study Finds Strong Link between Growth of SMEs and their Use of IP: http://www.ag-ip-news.com/news.aspx?id=51954&lang=en;
  8. Bittersweet no more: Rolling Stones pass Verve royalties to Richard Ashcroft: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/may/23/bitter-sweet-symphony-royalties-richard-ashcroft-verve-royalties-novello;
  9. General Court dismisses TM appeal in win for Sky: https://www.worldipreview.com/news/general-court-dismisses-tm-appeal-in-win-for-sky-18098;
  10. How to keep your trademarks forever: https://www.ipwatchdog.com/2019/05/25/keep-trademarks-forever/id=109559/;
  11. Kim Kardashian Already Tried to Trademark 14-Day-Old Son Psalm West's Name: https://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/celebs/a27583309/kim-kardashian-trademark-psalm-west-name/;
  12. L.A. Crips trademark Nipsey Hussle’s slogan ‘The  marathon continues’ to provide community service: http://thesource.com/2019/05/26/nipsey-hussle-crip-tmc/
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21
05
19

Our Selection of #IPNEWS and Articles of the Week

1. Dutch Court of Appeal injuncts unwilling licensee in first post-Huawei v ZTE FRAND decision

 

2. "No Expense is Being Spared" in Alibaba's Fight Against Fakes

 

3. Ariana Grande, thank you, next: copyright infringement on Instagram

 

4. The first non-traditional trademark registrations have been granted in Mexico

 

5. CJEU cancels German asset management firm’s TM

 

6. Adidas Secures U.S. Copyright Protection for Kanye Yeezy Sneaker Designs

 

7. Diversity in Patent Drafting

 

8. Big data may drive IP enforcement, business reveal

 

9. Basketball Patents Over the Years

 

10. The Italian Guardia di Finanza and Brindisi Customs Authorities seized more than 15.000 counterfeit NIKE shoes

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13
05
19

Our Selection of #IPNEWS and Articles of the Week

1. Court of Justice: use of figurative signs may constitute unlawful evocation of a PDO

 

2. Prince's Estate Responds to Trademark Office's Refusal to Register Purple Trademark With a 430 Page Filing

 

3. EU General Court sides with Zara against EUIPO

 

4. Huawei accused of conspiring to steal tech from US lab

 

5. Cambodia registers first-ever geographical indication

 

6. Whether Don Quijote de la Mancha relates to a PDO cheese?

 

7. Does AIRBNB break the law in France?

 

8. Judge Tosses Out 2 Claims in Saint Laurent and Steve Madden Footwear Fight

 

9. Swatch prevailed over Apple in a trademark dispute

 

10. Italian Guardia di Finanza’s Extraordinary plan for anti-counterfeiting checks

               

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07
05
19

Our Selection of #IPNEWS and Articles of the Week

  1. Alibaba to pay $250 million to settle lawsuit over pre-IPO warning on counterfeiting:
  • https://www.reuters.com/article/us-alibaba-settlement/alibaba-pays-250-million-to-settle-lawsuit-over-pre-ipo-counterfeiting-warning-idUSKCN1S51DO;

 

  1. Why celebrities try to trademark their catchphrases and baby names:
  • https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2019/4/19/18507920/celebrity-trademark-history-baby-names-taylor-swift;

 

  1. Computer store drops trademark claim against Taylor Swift:
  • https://www.worldipreview.com/news/computer-store-drops-trademark-claim-against-taylor-swift-17926;

 

 

  1. Ford sues local dealership for breaching TM contract:

 

  1. Record-Breaking K-Pop Group BTS is Fighting Off an Explosion of Counterfeit Tour Merch:
  • http://www.thefashionlaw.com/home/k-pop-mega-stars-bts-is-fighting-off-an-explosion-of-counterfeit-tour-merch;

 

  1. EV battery maker LG Chem sues SK Innovation, alleges trade secret theft:

 

  1. Cybercriminals continue to target intellectual property, putting brand reputation at risk:
  • https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2019/05/02/cybercriminals-target-intellectual-property/;

 

  1. USA: dozens of crypto trademarks registered:
  • https://cryptonomist.ch/en/2019/05/01/usa-crypto-trademarks/;

 

  1. Global Semiconductor Intellectual Property Market 2019 By Competitive Measure – Cast Inc., Ceva Inc., eSilicon Corporation:
  • https://autodadz.com/global-semiconductor-intellectual-property-market-2019-by-competitive-measure-cast-inc-ceva-inc-esilicon-corporation/;

 

  1. Everything is awesome: Lego blocks “Lepin” trade mark registration:
  • http://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2019/05/everything-is-awesome-lego-blocks-lepin.html.

 

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30
04
19

Our Selection of #IPNEWS and Articles of the Week

  1. The Trade Mark Adventures of Zara: Fashion Markets Moving Fast
  1. Intellectual Property 101: A Primer
  1. The Future of Patents on Genetically Modified Organisms in India
  1. The first non-traditional trademark registrations have been granted in Mexico
  1. China amends trade mark and unfair competition law to tackle trade mark squatting and enforcement issues
  1. Almost Anyone Can Use NASA’s Name and Logos, Just Don't Call it a Collaboration
  1. Kering is Reportedly Close to $1.5 to $1.6 Billion Settlement in Gucci Tax Case
  1. Personalized Media Communications Sues Google, Netflix and Akami Over Content Delivery Patents
  1. April 26: World IP Day Celebrations, Special 301 Report, and Amazon Helps Identify Patent Infringers
  1. Music industry takes aim at Fortnite over song royalties
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23
04
19

OUR SELECTION OF #IPNEWS AND ARTICLES OF THE WEEK

  1. The boot is on the other foot: French Supreme Court reconsiders the notion of informed user

 

  1. GoT season premiere pirated over 54 million times in first 24 hours

 

  1. O2 retrieves infringing .company domain

 

  1. IP plays a role in decolonising cultural heritage: over 100 experts warn France

 

  1. The French Government is Working on Legislation to Ban Destruction of Unsold Fashion

 

  1. Can the Fashion Industry Ever Really Be Sustainable?

 

  1. Gigi Hadid Sued for Posting a Photo on Instagram

 

  1. WTR’s round-up of news, developments and insights from across the trademark sphere

 

  1. Massive seizure of “Made in China” products in Brindisi
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15
04
19

Our Selection of #IPNEWS and Articles of the Week

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09
04
19

Our Selection of #IPNEWS and Articles of the Week

 

  1. IP and Sociology: the symbolism of IP

 

  1. Color or figurative trademarks – that’s the question

 

  1. Can I have a Big Mac – or should I now say “layered double cheeseburger”? Amid non-use and well-known facts

 

  1. Converse lost a dispute for a shoe sole in the EU

 

  1. Peppa Pig meets Tobbia – a tale of pigs and tapirs

 

 

  1. The report on ‘Competition policy for the digital era’ is out: why change the law if there is no evidence? And how?

 

  1. 5 Big Breakthroughs to Anticipate in 3D Printing

 

 

  1. Veja Alludes to Impending Lawsuit Against Primark, but Does it Have a Case?

 

  1. “You can’t sleep or you will fall behind”: exclusive look inside Alibaba’s fight against fakes

 

  1. The Italian Guardia di Finanza seized more than 200.000 counterfeit products (in Italian)

 

  1. “OFFSIDE COUNTERFEITING 2” mission (in Italian)

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01
04
19

Our Selection of #IPNEWS and Articles of the Week

  1. IACC says it disrupts counterfeit sales on iOffer:

 

  1. Fashion brand turns to crypto tokens to fight fakes:

 

  1. Battle of Supremes: How 'legal fakes' are challenging a $1B brand:

 

 

  1. DSM Directive Series #2: Is the press publishers' right waivable?:

 

  1. EU General Court rejects Converse TM appeal:

 

  1. What Brexit means for UK Intellectual Property rights:

 

  1. Rival sues Monster over its ‘knockoff’ Reign brand:

 

  1. ‘Just say it’ too similar to Nike’s ‘Just do it’, TTAB holds:

 

  1. Book Review: Non-Conventional Copyright, Do New and Atypical Works Deserve Protection?:

 

  1. Italian Guardia di Finanza has seized more than 7.000 counterfeit shoes in Brindisi:
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03
19

Our Selection of #IPNEWS and Articles of the Week

  1. Fake goods trade rises to €460bn: EUIPO and OECD

 

  1. CJEU applies Louboutin, clarifying notion of ‘shape, or another characteristic, which gives substantial value to the goods’
  • http://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2019/03/cjeu-applies-louboutin-clarifying.html;

 

  1. Italy’s top court rules in major Yahoo! takedown case

 

  1. Lego scores TM victory at UKIPO

 

  1. Peppa Pig creators win trademark invalidity claim

 

  1. One of the Most In-Demand Skill Sets in Fashion Right Now? Luxury Authentication:
  • http://www.thefashionlaw.com/home/one-of-the-most-in-demand-skill-sets-in-fashion-right-now-luxury-authentication;

 

  1. Jaguar wins landmark case against Chinese copy of Evoque model
  • https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/mar/22/jaguar-land-rover-wins-landmark-case-against-chinese-evoque-copycat;

 

  1. Bacardi won a case in Turkey for a trademark that has been never used there
  • https://intellectualpropertyplanet.wordpress.com/2019/03/22/bacardi-won-a-case-in-turkey-for-a-trademark-that-has-been-never-used-there/;

 

  1. Law Enforcement Busts $15 Million-Plus Counterfeiting Ring in Shanghai

 

  1. Operation “Golden Brand”: the Italian Guardia di Finanza seized products bearing counterfeit trademarks with a value of 10.000.000 euros
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18
03
19

Our Selection of #IPNEWS and Articles of the Week

  1. Apple infringed three Qualcomm patents, jury finds

 

  1. A brief introduction of the new Chinese Foreign Investment Law its protection for IPR

 

  1. Chinese Court Okays Single-Color Trademarks in Latest Louboutin Decision

 

  1. Marc Jacobs Asks Court to Dismiss Nirvana LLC's "Egregious" Smiley Face Case

 

  1. As Bad Faith Trademark Filings Continue to Target Western Brands, China Proposes a Fix

 

  1. Paris Tribunal strikes again and guts Google’s T&C’s…including its copyright clauses for user-generated content

 

  1. There is no such thing as too much Peruvian (and other) IP news from Latin America

 

  1. Adidas won a trademark opposition in Japan

 

  1. Danladi v Tiwalope Savage and another - (Nigerian) “Blurred Line” or “Shape of You”?

 

  1. During Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day the Italian Guardia di Finanza intensifies its activities against trade of counterfeit and unsafe products.
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12
03
19

OUR SELECTION OF #IPNEWS AND ARTICLES OF THE WEEK

  1. The Behind-the-Scenes Battles for the Lucrative Gig of Making Luxury Brands' Accessible Wares

 

  1. Disney ranked most intimate brand

 

  1. Patent infringement and recovery of profits in Italy: doctrine of equivalence and requirement of negligence

 

  1. An Inside Job: The Counterfeit Bust that Put Hermès' Own Employees Under the Microscope

 

  1. Apple's trade mark opposition goes pear shaped...

 

  1. MARRY ME is descriptive for online dating (even if you are really just dating)

 

  1. Netflix and Jerry Media are Being Sued for Allegedly Stealing Influencer's Video for Fyre Fest Documentary

 

  1. Monster Energy’s trademark opposition fails before UKIPO

 

  1. Swedish trade mark court sees its true colours shining through
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05
03
19

Our Selection of #IPNEWS and Articles of the Week

1.    Fashion designer accuses Janelle Monáe of plagiarism for Grammy performance: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/feb/12/fashion-designer-accuses-janelle-monae-of-plagiarism-for-grammy-performance


2.    Don’t Miss the Big Picture: What Companies Get Wrong When It Comes to IP Strategies: https://www.ipwatchdog.com/2019/02/22/dont-miss-big-picture-companies-get-wrong-comes-ip-strategies/id=106604/


3.    Pirate sites to be blocked in thousands of British schools: https://www.worldipreview.com/news/pirate-sites-to-be-blocked-in-thousands-of-british-schools-17565


4.    Amazon launches Project Zero to fight fakes: https://www.worldipreview.com/news/amazon-launches-project-zero-to-fight-fakes-17582 


5.    Japan Patent Office Case Examples on Artificial Intelligence Offer Guidance for Other Offices on Treating AI Inventions: https://www.ipwatchdog.com/2019/02/28/jpo-examples-on-artificial-intelligence-offer-guidance-for-other-offices/id=106835/


6.    Bolstering your armoury against trade mark squatters in China: https://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=38c27c82-f28c-4258-982d-ffe728afab8a


7.    Meet The Blockchain Companies Hoping to Disrupt the Publishing Industry: https://blockonomi.com/blockchain-disrupt-publishing-industry/


8.    Biker trademark cannot be part of criminal forfeiture, court rules: https://www.worldipreview.com/news/biker-trademark-cannot-be-part-of-criminal-forfeiture-court-rules-17589 


9.    Industry-led initiative to fight counterfeiting gets new boost: https://ec.europa.eu/growth/content/industry-led-initiative-fight-counterfeiting-gets-new-boost_en


10.    Musician claims Spike Lee and Prince copied the song for ‘Girl 6’: https://www.worldipreview.com/news/musician-claims-spike-lee-and-prince-copied-the-song-for-girl-6-17586


11.    Fyre Festival attendee takes Netflix to court: https://www.worldipreview.com/news/fyre-festival-attendee-takes-netflix-to-court-17585


12.    Tips for Protecting Cannabis Trademarks: https://www.ipwatchdog.com/2019/02/28/tips-protecting-cannabis-trademarks/id=106829/


13.    Examining the Truvada #BreakThePatent Debate: Gilead Response: https://www.ipwatchdog.com/2019/03/03/examining-truvada-breakthepatent-debate-gilead-responds/id=106906/ 


14.    Copyright directive a data protection hazard: data commissioner: https://www.worldipreview.com/news/copyright-directive-a-data-protection-hazard-data-commissioner-17590 

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26
02
19

Our selection of #IPNEWS and articles of the week

  1. Facebook found liable for hosting links to unlicensed content:

https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2017/10/19/467970.htm
 

  1. A few thoughts on the non-discriminatory prong of FRAND:

- https://trustinip.com/a-few-thoughts-on-the-non-discriminatory-prong-of-frand/

- A clear article on the ‘Most-favoured-licensee’ rule can be read at:

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1645878
 

  1. Alleged "Kimoji" Developer is Suing Kim Kardashian for "No Less Than $100 Million"

  1. Trademark exhaustion and cosmetics in Milan: further analysis and future perspective

  1. Can the name of a country and a year be a trademark?

  1. Marry Me, not in the EU: dating app’s appeal rejected by EU Court:

  1. The EU’s Digital Copyright Directive – where are we now?

  1. The Next Data-Driven Health-tech Revolution

  1. The Italian Guardia di Finanza seized more than 1,700 counterfeit memory cards

  1. More than 1.500.000 counterfeit clothes were seized in Rome, Naples, Brescia and Pescara

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22
02
19

Our selection of #IPNEWS and articles of the week

1. Further thoughts on Levola Hengelo v Smilde Foods and the taste of cheese: did the Court create a "validation" test?
http://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2019/02/further-thoughts-on-levola-hengelo-v.html

 

2. Drinking wine from a Pringles can: parody or trade mark infringement?
http://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2019/02/drinking-wine-from-pringles-can-parody.html


3. 'CHIARA FERRAGNI' not confusingly similar to 'CHIARA', rules EU General Court.
http://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2019/02/chiara-ferragni-not-confusingly-similar.html


4.Lush Sues Fragrance Subscription Co. Over "Lush Gold" Line
http://www.thefashionlaw.com/home/lush-sues-fragrance-subscription-co-over-lush-gold-line


5. Red Sole Diaries: another chapter
http://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2019/02/red-sole-diaries-another-chapter.html


6. Blockchain Could Help Put a Halt to the Gray Market, But Do Brands Actually Want That?
http://www.thefashionlaw.com/home/blockchain-could-help-put-a-halt-to-the-gray-market-but-do-brands-actually-want-that


7. Thai ‘special investigations’ unit to tackle high-value counterfeits
https://www.worldipreview.com/news/thai-special-investigations-unit-to-tackle-high-value-counterfeits-17506


8. United States of America Joins WIPO’s Marrakesh Treaty as 50th Member
http://www.ag-ip-news.com/news.aspx?id=50839&lang=en


9. Europe-wide initiative to tackle ads on pirate sites launches
https://www.worldipreview.com/news/europe-wide-initiative-to-tackle-ads-on-pirate-sites-launches-17500


10. European Cooperation: Sweden launches new online services for trade marks and designs
https://euipo.europa.eu/ohimportal/it/news?p_p_id=csnews_WAR_csnewsportlet&p_p_lifecycle=0&p_p_state=normal&p_p_mode=view&p_p_col_id=column1&p_p_col_count=2&journalId=4975075&journalRelatedId=manual/


11. Marry Me – not in the EU
https://intellectualpropertyplanet.wordpress.com/2019/02/15/marry-me-not-in-the-eu/


12. Monaco joins TMView
https://intellectualpropertyplanet.wordpress.com/2019/02/11/monaco-joins-tmview/


13. Fashion designer accuses Janelle Monáe of plagiarism for Grammy performance
https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/feb/12/fashion-designer-accuses-janelle-monae-of-plagiarism-for-grammy-performance

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12
02
19

Our selection of #IPNEWS and articles of the week

1.      Christian Louboutin wins bid to protect red sole TM

-      https://www.worldipreview.com/news/christian-louboutin-wins-bid-to-protect-red-sole-trademark-17472;

-      http://www.thefashionlaw.com/home/louboutin-lands-victory-in-long-running-dutch-red-sole-shoe-case;

2.      Glen sounds too Scottish

-      https://info.legal-patent.com/trademark-law/glen-sounds-scottish/;

-      For a previous analysis on geographical spirituous beverages designation: https://info.legal-patent.com/international-intellectual-property/geographical-word-mark-swabian-glen-whisky-anyone-thinking-scotland/;

3.      Two recent decisions on selective distribution and infringement of luxury trademarks from the Court of Milan

-      https://iplens.org/2019/02/06/two-recent-decisions-on-selective-distribution-and-infringement-of-luxury-trademarks-from-the-court-of-milan/

-      For the full decision in the l’Oreal case, see: https://www.dropbox.com/s/d0a35sgnmq4gwmx/milano19112018%20pdf.pdf?dl=0;

-      For the full decision in the Landoll case, see: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ewxqvbd73hdsuu6/milano18122018%20pdf.pdf?dl=0;

4.      Apple lost a lawsuit against Pear in the EU

-      https://intellectualpropertyplanet.wordpress.com/2019/02/06/apple-lost-a-lawsuit-against-pear-in-the-eu/;

-      For the General Court’s full decision (available in English and French): http://curia.europa.eu/juris/document/document.jsf?text=Pear%2BTechnologies%2BLtd&docid=210325&pageIndex=0&doclang=EN&mode=req&dir=&occ=first&part=1&cid=9699291#ctx1

5.      After Receiving Infringement Letters Over 4-Stripe Sneaker, Skechers is Suing adidas

-      http://www.thefashionlaw.com/home/skechers-is-suing-adidas;

6.      Austrian Patent Office implements e-filing for trademarks:

-      https://euipo.europa.eu/tunnel-web/secure/webdav/guest/document_library/contentPdfs/about_euipo/alicante_news/alicantenews_January_2019_en.pdf (page. 4 of the EUIPN Updates, January 2019);

7.      Musicians file class action copyright suit against Sony Music

-      https://www.worldipreview.com/news/musicians-file-class-action-copyright-suit-against-sony-music-17470

8.      U.S. State Wants to Adopt "Netflix" Model for Paying for Pharmaceuticals

-      http://www.ip.finance/2019/01/us-state-wants-to-adopt-netflix-model.html;

-      https://www.washingtonpost.com/gdpr-consent/?destination=%2fhealth%2f2019%2f01%2f10%2flouisiana-adopts-netflix-model-pay-hepatitis-c-drugs%2f%3fnoredirect%3don%26utm_term%3d.7a46df7cbdd3&noredirect=on&utm_term=.8c8ea29f5869;

-      https://www.ipimediaworld.com/louisiana-launching-netflix-model-medicaid-hep-c-drugs/;

9.      Beware of using photographs of Italian (cultural) beauties!

-      https://iplens.org/2019/02/07/beware-of-using-photographs-of-italian-cultural-beauties/;

-      For the Italian Code of Cultural Heritage and Landscape (Legislative Decree n. 42/2004), see: https://wipolex.wipo.int/en/legislation/details/2491;

10.   Domain infringement biggest problem for TM owners

-      https://www.intellectualpropertymagazine.com/trademark/domain-infringement-biggest-problem-for-tm-owners-133563.htm;

11.   The Italian Guardia di FInanza seized more than 15,000 luxury products in Pisa.

-      https://siac.gdf.it/notizie/Pagine/Sequestrati-oltre-15.000-prodotti-contraffatti.aspx.

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29
01
19

Our selection of #IPNEWS and articles of the week.

1.      The German press publishers’ right before the CJEU – will it survive? The AG’s opinion in VG Media/Google (C‑299/17) and some background from Germany

http://copyrightblog.kluweriplaw.com/2019/01/21/the-german-press-publishers-right-before-the-cjeu-will-it-survive-the-ags-opinion-in-vg-mediagoogle-c%E2%80%9129917-and-some-background-from-germany/

- The English translation of the German Act on Copyright and Related Rights (UrhG) is available at: http://www.gesetze-im-internet.de/englisch_urhg/englisch_urhg.html#p0659

- While the Opinion of the Advocate General can be found at: http://curia.europa.eu/juris/document/document.jsf;jsessionid=970DCF131004BF78F22250F0894A02A4?text=&docid=208982&pageIndex=0&doclang=EN&mode=req&dir=&occ=first&part=1&cid=1703696

- Further analysis of the Opinion are available at: http://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2018/12/ag-hogan-advises-cjeu-to-rule-that.html

2.      Unwaivable equitable remuneration rights for performers: disruption or balancing of interests?

http://copyrightblog.kluweriplaw.com/2019/01/20/unwaivable-equitable-remuneration-rights-for-performers-disruption-or-balancing-of-interests/

- The full article “‘We want Artists to be Fully and Fairly Paid for their Work’: Discourses on Fairness in the Neoliberal European Copyright Reform” can be found at: https://www.jipitec.eu/issues/jipitec-9-2-2018/4731

- The Study of the European Parliament on the balance of interests of Publishers, Authors and Performers can be examined here: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/STUD/2017/596810/IPOL_STU(2017)596810_EN.pdf

3.      The transpositions of the Trademark Directive are ongoing in:

- Poland: http://trademarkblog.kluweriplaw.com/2019/01/18/poland-eu-trademark-directive-transposition-almost-done/

- Greece: http://trademarkblog.kluweriplaw.com/2019/01/14/greece-new-trademark-law-draft-open-for-public-consultation/

- Austria: http://trademarkblog.kluweriplaw.com/2019/01/14/implementation-of-the-trademarks-directive-in-austria-noteworthy-amendments-and-other-novelties-of-interest/

- Lithuania: https://intellectualpropertyplanet.wordpress.com/2019/01/23/lithuania-introduced-some-important-changes-in-its-trademark-legislation/

- Czech Republic: https://intellectualpropertyplanet.wordpress.com/2019/01/18/important-amendments-in-the-czech-trademark-law-came-into-force/

- The full text of the Directive can be found at: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A32015L2436

4.      Is Article 8(3) EUTMR applicable only to identical marks?

http://trademarkblog.kluweriplaw.com/2019/01/10/is-article-83-eutmr-applicable-only-to-identical-marks-the-general-court-pitches-in-but-it-is-not-the-last-word-yet/

- hereby the full text of the General Court Judgment: http://curia.europa.eu/juris/document/document_print.jsf?docid=206789&text=&dir=&doclang=EN&part=1&occ=first&mode=lst&pageIndex=0&cid=10192471

5.      CHEESE for (cannabis) seeds not a valid trade mark, says EUIPO First Board of Appeal

http://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2019/01/cheese-for-cannabis-seeds-not-valid.html

- The interesting decision of the EUIPO First Board of Appeal:

https://oami.europa.eu/copla/trademark/data/013924139/download/CLW/APL/2018/EN/20181025_R2333_2017-1.pdf?app=caselaw&casenum=R2333/2017-1&trTypeDoc=NA

6.      Fresh updates on the Fortnite lawsuits

http://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2019/01/the-fortnite-lawsuits-why-performers.html

https://www.theverge.com/2019/1/23/18194912/blocboy-jb-fortnite-sues-epic-games-shoot-dance-emote-backpack-kid-2-milly

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/11/arts/fortnite-floss-dance-lawsuits.html

https://www.worldipreview.com/news/us-rapper-sues-fortnite-creator-over-dance-move-17412

- The lawsuits filed against Epic Games before the District Court of California are available at: http://patentarcade.com/tag/ribeiro-v-epic-games-inc

7.      PMI obtains a pan-EU interim injunction against an IQOS copycat

http://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2019/01/mr-justice-nugee-grants-philip-morris.html

https://www.designwrites.law/pmi-obtains-a-pan-eu-interim-injunction-against-an-iqos-copycat/

https://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=c287b531-fad0-44d7-8854-f79e3ad5425d

8.      The World’s Top 10 Science and Technology Hotspots

https://www.wipo.int/econ_stat/en/economics/news/2019/news_0001.html

https://www.theverge.com/2019/1/17/18187026/google-fossil-group-smartwatch-sale-40-million-wear-os-android

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/17/google-to-buy-fossil-smartwatch-tech-for-40-million.html

9.      Google buys Fossil Group’s smartwatch technology for $40m

https://www.worldipreview.com/news/google-buys-fossil-group-s-smartwatch-technology-for-40m-17386

10.  The Rise of a New Generation of AI Avatars

https://singularityhub.com/2019/01/15/the-rise-of-a-new-generation-of-ai-avatars/#sm.001m5w6zj1b5gfmqy7b10pma2apmp

11.  The Italian Guardia di Finanza implemented a raid action against manufacturers of counterfeit “Hogan” shoes

-  https://siac.gdf.it/notizie/Pagine/Scoperti-4-laboratori-e-3-depositi-di-scarpe-%E2%80%9CHogan%E2%80%9D-taroccate.aspx

12.  The operation “PIRATI” is at a tapping point

https://siac.gdf.it/notizie/Pagine/-Operazione-PIRATI.aspx

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23
01
19

Our selection of #IPNEWS and articles

1.    “Let Me Be Frank”: Kevin Spacey gambles with infringement

-         http://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2019/01/let-me-be-frank-kevin-spacey-gambles.html EU

2.    Netflix facing trademark suit over interactive ‘Black Mirror’ episode

-         https://www.worldipreview.com/news/netflix-facing-trademark-suit-over-interactive-black-mirror-episode-17237

3.    Donald Trump, Wedding Crasher, Becomes Copyright Infringement Case

-         https://www.intellectualpropertynews.com/copyright-news/donald-trump-wedding-crasher-becomes-copyright-infringement-case/

3.1 Media Companies Can’t Just Steal Your Social Media Photos: Judge

-         https://petapixel.com/2018/12/12/media-companies-cant-just-steal-your-social-media-photos-judge/

4.    McDonald's loses Big Mac trademark after legal battle with Irish chain

-         https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/jan/15/mcdonalds-loses-big-mac-trademark-legal-battle-supermacs

5.    INTA Brief to WTO Revives Plain Packaging Debate

-         https://www.ipwatchdog.com/2019/01/17/inta-brief-revives-plain-packaging-debate/id=105196/

6.    Cannabis and Trademarks in Canada: Yes it’s here

-         https://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/html5/reader/production/default.aspx?pubname=&pubid=8f450367-5863-4898-9c66-eb82480402b1&pnum=10

6.1 As cannabis patent filings increase, are food and beverage companies positioned to benefit?

-         https://www.ipwatchdog.com/2018/11/09/cannabis-patent-filings-increase/id=102898/

7.    Rihanna sues father over use of Fenty brand name

-         https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/jan/16/rihanna-sues-father-over-use-of-fenty-brand-name

8.    EU investigating Nike over IP licensing and tax structure

-         https://www.worldipreview.com/news/eu-investigating-nike-over-ip-licensing-and-tax-structure-17230

9.    Stan Lee: Writer, Creator, And Marketer Of Intellectual Property

-         http://www.ip-watch.org/2018/12/11/stan-lee-writer-creator-marketer-intellectual-property/

10. INTA Adopts Guidelines for Examination of Industrial Designs

-         http://www.ag-ip-news.com/news.aspx?id=50815&lang=en

11. Time to put a stop to the abuse of orphan drug regulation- the latest scandal

-         https://medicineslawandpolicy.org/2019/01/time-to-put-a-stop-to-the-abuse-of-orphan-drug-regulation-the-latest-scandal/

12. Oakley accuses safety glasses maker of design patent infringement

-         https://www.worldipreview.com/news/oakley-accuses-safety-glasses-maker-of-design-patent-infringement-17286

13. Deadline due for implementing EU trademark reforms

-         https://www.worldipreview.com/news/deadline-due-for-implementing-eu-trademark-reforms-17238

13.1.DIRECTIVE (EU) 2015/2436 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 16 December 2015 to approximate the laws of the Member States relating to trade marks

-         https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32015L2436&rid=5

14. EU court dismisses TM appeal based on missed deadline

-         https://www.worldipreview.com/news/eu-court-dismisses-tm-appeal-based-on-missed-deadline-17287

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Our selection of IPNEWS and articles

1.      Blockchain: a strategy for the protection of Made in Italy products

-         http://www.ipsoa.it/documents/impresa/contratti-dimpresa/quotidiano/2019/01/07/blockchain-strategy-for-the-protection-of-made-italy-products.

2.      New Proactiv Ambassador Kendall Jenner Might Not Use the Company's Products. Legally, That Matters

-         http://www.thefashionlaw.com/home/does-it-matter-if-new-proactiv-ambassador-kendall-jenner-doesnt-use-the-products.

3.      Beats secures trade mark victory with EUIPO Fourth Board of Appeal

-         http://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2018/12/beats-secures-trade-mark-victory-with_30.html;

-         https://intellectualpropertyplanet.wordpress.com/2019/01/09/beats-electronics-won-a-trademark-case-in-the-eu/.

4.      UK Wagamama wins trademark dispute

-         https://intellectualpropertyplanet.wordpress.com/2019/01/11/the-uk-wagamama-won-a-trademark-despite/;

-         https://www.lawdit.co.uk/reading-room/wagamama-wins-Wakayama-trade-mark-dispute.

5.      Costco Must Pay Tiffany & Co. $25 Million for Using its Name to Sell Diamond Rings

-         http://www.thefashionlaw.com/home/costco-has-to-pay-tiffany-amp-co-25-million-for-using-its-name-to-sell-diamond-rings;

-         https://www.worldipreview.com/news/costco-loses-bid-to-reverse-19m-win-for-tiffany-co-17217;

-         https://trademarklawyermagazine.com/costco-to-pay-tiffany-co-25-million-for-infringement-of-rings/.

6.      Storage of goods and copyright infringement – a European Court’s decision

-          https://intellectualpropertyplanet.wordpress.com/2019/01/07/storage-of-goods-and-copyright-infringement-a-european-courts-decision/;

-         For the full judgment of the Court, 19 December 2018: http://curia.europa.eu/juris/document/document.jsf?text=&docid=209343&pageIndex=0&doclang=EN&mode=req&dir=&occ=first&part=1&cid=3047019.

7.      Coffee Company Slapped With a $2.8 Million Fine for Infringing Bob Marley Trademarks

-         https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/01/10/ninth-circuit-jammin-java-v-hope-road/;

-         https://www.courthousenews.com/9th-circuit-panel-rules-coffee-company-infringed-bob-marley-trademark/.

8.      Extracts from TMView can be used in EUIPO proceedings

-         https://intellectualpropertyplanet.wordpress.com/2019/01/04/extracts-from-tmview-can-be-used-in-euipo-proceedings/;

-         https://euipo.europa.eu/ohimportal/it/news/-/action/view/4872597.

9.      Securing the Internet of Things

-         https://www.iptechblog.com/2018/12/securing-the-internet-of-things/.

10.  Sharp rise in patent applications for self-driving vehicles in Europe, new study finds

-         https://www.epo.org/news-issues/news/2018/20181106.html;

-         for the full study: http://documents.epo.org/projects/babylon/eponet.nsf/0/65910DF6D3F02057C125833C004DB1E6/$File/self_driving_vehicles_study_en.pdf;

-         for the study’s key findings: http://documents.epo.org/projects/babylon/eponet.nsf/0/65910DF6D3F02057C125833C004DB1E6/$File/self_driving_vehicles_study_key_findings_en.pdf.

11.  The Italian Guardia di Finanza carries out the “Made in Facebook” operation in Crotone

-         https://siac.gdf.it/notizie/Pagine/Operazione-MADE-IN-FACEBOOK.aspx.

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01
19

Our selection of IPNEWS and articles

1.      Let’s Get It On...Trial - Another Copyright Infringement Case for Ed Sheeran

-         http://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2019/01/lets-get-it-ontrial-another-copyright.html

-         https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/01/04/ed-sheeran-v-marvin-gaye-jury-trial/

-         https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-46754883

2.      3D printing and IP law: current challenges and future perspectives

-         https://www.wipo.int/wipo_magazine/en/2017/01/article_0006.html

-         https://3dprint.com/232377/3d-printing-and-gaps-in-ip-law/

-         https://all3dp.com/2/copyrighting-3d-models-how-can-i-protect-my-3d-printing-designs/

-         For an analysis of the impact on mass manufactory check out: http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/daveni-book-new-manufacturing-titans/

3.      Innovating for the whole world: IP’s role in development

-         https://www.wipo.int/wipo_magazine/en/2018/06/article_0003.html

4.      Trademark Industry Trends to Watch in 2019

-         https://www.trademarknow.com/blog/8-trademark-industry-trends-to-watch-in-2019

5.      BIC files infringement complaints for pocket lighters

-         https://trademarklawyermagazine.com/bic-files-infringement-complaints-for-pocket-lighters/

-         http://www.ipwatchdog.com/2018/12/20/bic-files-complaints-alleging-trademark-infringement-pocket-lighters/id=104139/

6.      Vans suing retailer Primark for “Intentional copies” of its trainers

-         https://trademarklawyermagazine.com/vans-suing-british-retailer-primark-for-inentional-copies-of-its-trainers/

-         https://www.retailgazette.co.uk/blog/2019/01/primark-set-defend-vans-lawsuit/

-         https://www.irishtimes.com/business/retail-and-services/primark-facing-us-lawsuit-over-knock-off-vans-skater-shoes-1.3746329

-         https://www.cosmopolitan.com/uk/fashion/a25722026/vans-suing-primark-copies-trainers

7.      Chinese Regime Establishes Supreme Court Body to Resolve Intellectual Property Disputes

-         https://www.theepochtimes.com/chinese-regime-establishes-supreme-court-body-to-resolve-intellectual-property-disputes_2756391.html

-         https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2179983/china-launches-appeal-court-intellectual-property-right

-         https://phys.org/news/2018-12-china-court-intellectual-property-appeals.html

-         https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-ipr/chinas-supreme-court-to-take-on-intellectual-property-cases-idUSKCN1OS0C5

8.      Legalizing Graffiti: Chilean Chamber of Deputies says YES!

-         http://iptango.blogspot.com/2018/10/legalizing-graffiti-chilean-chamber-of.html

9.      Hakuna Matata - can companies really trademark a phrase like that?

-         https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/international/business/hakuna-matata-can-companies-really-trademark-a-phrase-like-that/articleshow/67200230.cms

-         https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-46605515

-         https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/20/world/africa/hakuna-matata-disney-trademark.html

10.  For the First Time in 21 Years, Copyrighted Works Enter the Public Domain: ‘The drought is over’

-         https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/for-first-time-in-21-years-copyrighted-works-enter-public-domain/

-         https://www.theverge.com/2018/12/31/18162933/public-domain-day-2019-the-pilgrim-jacobs-room-charleston-copyright-expiration

-         https://www.latimes.com/books/la-et-jc-public-domain-additions-2019-20190103-story.html

11.  Japan protects artists with new 70 year Copyright laws

-         http://routenote.com/blog/japan-protects-artists-with-new-70-year-copyright-laws/

-         https://www.bananaip.com/ip-news-center/weekly-copyright-news-draft-intermediary-rules-japan-extends-copyright-protection-ubon-collaborates-with-yoyo-honey-singh-and-more/

-         https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/01/01/japan-extends-copyright-protection/

-         https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/8491759/japan-law-extending-copyright-protection-period

12.  A massive amount of counterfeit fireworks has been seized by the Italian Guardia di Finanza:

-         https://siac.gdf.it/notizie/Pagine/Individuati-ulteriori-due-quintali-di-fuochi-artificio.aspx

-         https://siac.gdf.it/notizie/Pagine/La-Finanza-sequestra-tre-quintali-di-botti-di-capodanno.aspx

-         https://siac.gdf.it/notizie/Pagine/Sequestrati-7-5-quintali-di-botti-illegali.aspx

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Influencer e diritto della proprietà intellettuale

Un uso consapevole dei social media non può prescindere dal tenere in considerazione la possibilità – peraltro piuttosto frequente – di pregiudicare gli altrui diritti d’autore e di proprietà intellettuale. Tale invito è rivolto tanto al pubblico medio degli utilizzatori delle varie piattaforme digitali che tutti conosciamo quanto, a maggior ragione, a quella più ristretta cerchia di soggetti (i c.d. influencers) che, costruendosi un’immagine ed una reputazione tra il pubblico dei social, sono in grado di sfruttare la notorietà da loro acquisita a fini commerciali e, in tal modo, creare una vera e propria realtà imprenditoriale.

 

Esaminiamo dunque, in questo breve articolo, gli strumenti giuridici a tutela degli influencers nonché i problemi in cui gli stessi, trovandosi spesso ad usare inconsapevolmente i social media, possono incorrere, con particolare riferimento alla violazione degli altrui diritti su marchi registrati.

 

Come è noto, la professione di influencer consiste essenzialmente nella creazione di contenuti digitali online, siano essi foto, post, stories o video, attraverso i quali prodotti e servizi di un determinato brand vengono sponsorizzati e pubblicizzati, “indirizzando” le preferenze di un numero considerevole di utenti, che, da semplici followers, diventano potenziali consumatori. L’immagine e la popolarità dell’influencer, insieme al contenuto digitale riconducibile allo stesso influencer, contribuiscono così a diffondere e rafforzare il marchio altrui, anche attraverso processi di product placement.

 

Ciò avviene, molto spesso, sulla base di un rapporto di natura contrattuale tra impresa e influencer (ad es. contratti di sponsorizzazione). Sarà, quindi, necessario prestare particolare attenzione all’oggetto di tale contratto, soprattutto al fine di individuare i limiti entro i quali la titolarità dei diritti sui contenuti commissionati dal brand sia da attribuirsi al “creatore” ovvero al committente del contenuto. Infatti, qualora non si sia stipulato un apposito accordo che regoli e disciplini la detta titolarità, risulterà applicabile la disciplina del diritto d’autore, in base alla quale l’ideatore dell’opera (di qualsiasi natura si tratti) può vantare diritti di utilizzazione esclusiva sin dal momento in cui l’opera stessa è stata creata.

 

Foto e video creati dal digital content creator (DCC), in quanto “sequenze di immagini in movimento” e “foto semplici” ai sensi degli artt. 78 ter e 87 Legge n. 633/1941 (c.d. Legge sul Diritto d’Autore) sono, senza dubbio, da considerarsi coperte dalla disciplina del copyright.

 

Quanto sopra è stato ribadito, anche recentemente, dalla giurisprudenza di merito, la quale ha affermato che il contenuto digitale creato dall’utente di un social network è tutelato dal diritto d’autore; con la conseguenza che esso non può essere arbitrariamente utilizzato, condiviso, modificato o distribuito senza che l’autore abbia dato una preventiva autorizzazione o senza che vi sia una esplicita attribuzione di paternità.

 

Appare, dunque, quanto mai chiaro perché la predisposizione di specifiche clausole in materia di proprietà intellettuale si renda necessaria per delineare concretamente i diritti di sfruttamento economico dei contenuti creati dall’influencer.

 

L’influencer, tuttavia, oltre a essere titolare di diritti d’autore sul contenuto di sua creazione – diritti che nascono nel momento stesso in cui è stato prodotto tale contenuto, senza necessità di adempimento alcuno  – può avere, altresì, interesse ad acquisire anche la titolarità di diritti per la cui costituzione si rendono invece necessari, al contrario di quanto accade per quelli menzionati precedentemente, ulteriori adempimenti attivi: è il caso, ad esempio, dei diritti di privativa su marchi e nomi a dominio.

 

Posto che l’influencer, al pari di qualsiasi brand, diviene riconoscibile ai suoi followers, agli utenti dei social network e ai brand attraverso i propri segni distintivi (i.e. nome o pseudonimo), appare strategicamente conveniente registrare il proprio nome o pseudonimo come marchio presso gli Uffici competenti.

 

La registrazione del proprio nome, infatti, non solo rappresenta un investimento e un vantaggio competitivo irrinunciabile, ma conferisce anche al titolare del segno diritti esclusivi di utilizzo, dando la possibilità di avviare azioni difensive rapide ed economiche avverso chiunque tenti di registrare marchi identici e/o confondibilmente simili ai propri direttamente avanti agli Uffici Marchi competenti (si pensi, ad esempio, alle procedure di opposizione).

 

Contestualmente alla registrazione del proprio marchio è, poi, opportuno procedere anche alla registrazione del corrispondente nome a dominio nei registri di interesse. Così come il marchio, infatti, anche il nome a dominio rappresenta un punto di riferimento per gli utenti del web.

 

Avendo, seppur brevemente, accennato agli strumenti giuridici atti a tutelare l’influencer, possiamo adesso passare ad analizzare quali siano, tra le condotte poste in essere dagli influencer, quelle che più frequentemente violano i diritti di proprietà intellettuale altrui.

 

Senza dubbio, sul punto viene in mente – in primo luogo – l’ipotesi in cui l’influencer pubblicizzi determinati prodotti tramite una fotografia nella quale compaiano, in piena evidenza, anche marchi ulteriori rispetto a quelli oggetto di sponsorizzazione (ossia quelli oggetto di un contratto tra il titolare del marchio sponsorizzato e l’influencer). In una simile evenienza, tenendo a mente che i prodotti da sponsorizzare sono pubblicizzati mediante il loro inserimento in contesti di normale vita quotidiana, ci si rende conto di come la possibilità che si verifichi un rischio di confusione, per il pubblico dei consumatori e per i “seguaci” virtuali dell’influencer, relativamente alla provenienza di determinati beni o servizi assuma una preoccupante concretezza; con la conseguenza, quindi, di poter qualificare come illecito, ex art. 20 del codice della proprietà industriale, un tale uso di segni o marchi fatto, appunto, senza il preventivo consenso del soggetto che ne abbia la titolarità.

 

In secondo luogo, un’ulteriore ipotesi in cui l’attività degli influencer sui social media può interferire con i diritti di privativa altrui è rappresentata dall’uso – non autorizzato – dei c.d. hashtag, ossia di quelle parole chiave aventi la funzione di attirare la visualizzazione da parte del pubblico dei contenuti sui quali tali hashtag vengano apposti, canalizzando l’attenzione dello stesso pubblico grazie ad un determinato trend topic. A tal proposito bisogna tenere a mente che, ai sensi dell’art. 7 del codice della proprietà industriale, possono costituire oggetto di protezione come marchio registrato “tutti i segni suscettibili di essere rappresentati graficamente […] compresi i nomi di persone, i disegni, le lettere, le cifre…”; ciò porta con sé la conseguenza che, nel caso in cui oggetto di protezione sia una determinata parola, lettera o combinazione di queste, l’uso delle stesse precedute dall’hashtag e nel contesto di un messaggio di natura pubblicitaria potrà costituire violazione dei diritti del titolare del marchio registrato rivendicante protezione sul segno (ossia sulla parola, lettera o combinazione di queste) illecitamente riprodotto come hashtag.

 

È, infine, necessario evidenziare che uno degli ulteriori rischi cui l’influencer può andare incontro è quello di porre in essere forme di pubblicità occulta. A tal proposito l’Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato si è pronunciata una prima volta nel 2017, invitando gli operatori coinvolti a vario titolo nel fenomeno dell’influencer marketing a conformarsi alle disposizioni del Codice del Consumo, nonché fornendo indicazioni circa la natura pubblicitaria di un contenuto realizzato in esecuzione di un accordo commerciale. Successivamente, nel 2018, la stessa Autorità è intervenuta con una seconda moral suasion, richiamando anche gli influencer con un numero meno elevato di followers, i quali sono anch’essi, comunque, tenuti a rendere riconoscibile l’intento promozionale dei contenuti diffusi tramite social media (inserendo apposite avvertenze come #pubblicità, #sponsorizzato, #advertising, #inserzioneapagamento).

 

Anche nell’ambito dell’attività di influencer, vale, quindi, senz’altro la pena rivolgersi ad uno studio legale qualificato per difendere i propri diritti di proprietà intellettuale, sia mediante la redazione di contratti ad hoc sia mediante il deposito di una o più domande di marchio avanti agli Uffici competenti.

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Our selection of IPNEWS and articles

1.      Cloud Service Providers and the active role in communicating online digital contents

-         https://iplens.org/

2.      May #hashtags safely rely on trademark protection?

-         https://indianceo.in/business/social-media-marketing-can-trademark-hashtag/

-         https://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=085cde98-c26a-44aa-90a7-97280d27265e

-         https://www.socialmedialawbulletin.com/2016/07/can-you-trademark-a-hashtag/

-         https://iplens.org/2017/11/30/legal-protection-to-hashtags/

-         http://www.mondaq.com/canada/x/751984/Trademark/Hashmarks+Can+a+Hashtag+be+a+Trademark

3.      I know what I like and I know when I taste it. Cheese flavour cannot be “copyrighted” (nor registered as a trademark)

-         http://trademarkblog.kluweriplaw.com/2018/12/10/i-know-what-i-like-and-i-know-when-i-taste-it-cheese-flavour-cannot-be-copyrighted-nor-registered-as-a-trademark/

-         http://copyrightblog.kluweriplaw.com/2018/12/05/hommage-au-fromage-or-how-the-cjeu-said-farewell-to-heksnkaas-by-excluding-copyright-protection-for-works-of-taste/

For a review of the AG Opinion take a look at: http://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2018/07/the-ag-opinion-in-levola-hengelo-more.html

4.      EU court reverses Heineken trademark decision

-         https://www.worldipreview.com/news/eu-court-reverses-heineken-trademark-decision-17119

5.      Levi Strauss Fights for Trademark on Pocket TabSamsung convinces EUIPO to invalidate ‘smart’ TM

-         https://www.intellectualpropertynews.com/

-         https://www.forbes.com/sites/michellefabio/2018/11/20/levi-strauss-sues-yves-saint-laurent-over-trademarked-pocket-tab/

-         https://www.worldipreview.com/news/levi-strauss-accuses-ysl-of-trademark-infringement-16994

-         https://www.apparelnews.net/news/2018/nov/21/levis-sues-yves-saint-laurent-america-trademark-in/

6.      Trademarks: the limits to a MONSTER’s reach in Singapore

-         http://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2018/12/trade-marks-limits-to-monsters-reach-in.html

-         http://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2018/12/trade-marks-limits-to-monsters-reach-in.html

7.      Whole visible surface or predominant colour? Cadbury's plays spot the series mark

-         http://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2018/12/whole-visible-surface-or-predominant.html

-         https://www.confectionerynews.com/Article/2018/12/07/UK-Court-of-Appeal-rules-against-Cadbury-in-color-purple-trademark-dispute

-         https://www.thedrum.com/news/2018/12/05/cadbury-purple-trademark-battle-isnt-over-yet

-         https://www.chinalawblog.com/2018/12/china-trademarks-the-color-of-money.html

8.      Building a Long Term Brand Protection solution - the Lego story [Part 3]

-         http://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2018/12/building-long-term-brand-protection.html

On the “Lego saga”, check out the case “Best-Lock”:

-         http://curia.europa.eu/juris/document/document.jsf?text=&docid=165051&pageIndex=0&doclang=EN&mode=req&dir=&occ=first&part=1&cid=407012

And its related comments:

-         http://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2015/06/lego-3d-manikin-mark-valid-says-general.html

-         http://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2009/07/bad-news-for-lego-in-germany.html

9.       Are Trademark Licensees Protected in A Licensor Bankruptcy?

-         https://www.iptechblog.com/2018/12/are-trademark-licensees-protected-in-a-licensor-bankruptcy/

10.  Ex Machina, Ex Auctore? Machines that create and how EU copyright law views them

-         http://copyrightblog.kluweriplaw.com/2018/11/12/ex-machina-ex-auctore-machines-that-create-and-how-eu-copyright-law-views-them/

-         https://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=d1833743-90ae-47f7-98a1-82d76c3338a1

11.  More than one milion of counterfeit contact lens have been seized by the Italian Guardia di Finanza

-        https://siac.gdf.it/notizie/Pagine/Sequestrato-oltre-1.000.000-di-lenti-a-contatto.aspx

12.  Around 5 quintals of fireworks have been found in a deposit close to Naples

-         https://siac.gdf.it/notizie/Pagine/Avellino.-Sequestrati.aspxv

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Our selection of IPNEWS and articles

1.      Marrakesh Treaty is no paper tiger: EU Commission sues 17 countries for non-compliance

-         http://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2018/11/marrakesh-treaty-is-no-paper-tiger-eu.html

-         https://www.worldipreview.com/news/eu-commission-targets-17-states-over-marrakesh-treaty-non-compliance-17062

-         The summary of the Marrakesh Treaty can be found here: https://www.wipo.int/treaties/en/ip/marrakesh/summary_marrakesh.html

-         For a general overview of the topic please visit: http://infojustice.org/archives/40626

2.      UK intellectual property minister quits over Brexit deal

-         http://www.ippropatents.com/ippropatentsnews/article.php?article_id=6202

-         http://www.ipprotheinternet.com/

3.      Digital platforms will be challenged by article 13 of EU Copyright Directive

-         http://themoorlander.co.uk/article-13-the-death-of-the-internet/

-         http://www.ipprotheinternet.com/ipprotheinternetnews/article.php?article_id=6342

-         https://variety.com/2018/biz/news/youtube-fact-free-fear-mongering-slammed-european-music-1203034859/

4.      INTA launches brand new IP podcast

-         http://www.ippromagazine.com/ippromagazinenews/article.php?article_id=6263

-         https://www.prweb.com/releases/international_trademark_association_unveils_unique_podcast_focusing_on_innovation_and_intellectual_property/prweb15931699.htm

5.      James Pooley words on how “stupidity” may lead to serious leak of confidential information

-         http://www.ipwatchdog.com/2018/12/02/role-stupidity-trade-secrets/id=103461/

6.      Counterfeit trade via Instagram, current cases and the state of art

-         http://www.thefashionlaw.com/home/is-instagram-doing-enough-to-rid-its-sponsored-posts-of-counterfeit-goods

-         https://www.securingindustry.com/clothing-and-accessories/designer-names-and-shames-counterfeit-buyers/s107/a8773/#.XARQnGhKhPY

-         https://montreal.eater.com/2018/11/6/18066108/marc-jacobs-ava-nirui-collaboration-st-viateur-bagel-montreal-logo

7.       A general overview on the EU link tax proposal, pros and cons

-         https://creativecommons.org/2018/11/07/eus-proposed-link-tax-would-still-harm-creative-commons-licensors/

-         https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/nov/18/google-news-may-shut-over-eu-plans-to-charge-tax-for-links

-         https://www.foxbusiness.com/technology/google-could-shutter-news-operations-in-eu-over-link-tax-what-to-know

-         https://channels.theinnovationenterprise.com/articles/proposed-link-tax-may-see-google-news-close-in-eu

-         https://www.digitalinformationworld.com/2018/11/google-may-shutter-google-news-in-eu-over-link-tax-laws.html

-         France races to save EU digital tax proposal

-         https://www.forbes.com/sites/anagarciavaldivia/2018/11/23/is-the-internet-under-threat-interview-with-saveyourinternet-member-on-eus-copyright-directive/#6d4183f6219a

8.      Italy moves the unitary patent a step closer

-          https://hsfnotes.com/ip/

-         https://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=31e9651b-2b03-4586-823a-ae8d0713e702

-         For a clear overview on the topic: https://www.epo.org/news-issues/news/2015/20150910.html

9.      Fight Over Amazon: ACTO Countries Cancel Meeting with ICANN CEO

-         http://www.ip-watch.org/2018/11/29/fight-amazon-acto-countries-cancel-meeting-icann-ceo/

10.  The Italian Guardia di Finanza intercepted more than 400 football counterfeit t-shirts

-         https://siac.gdf.it/notizie/Pagine/Sequestrate-oltre-400-magliette-dei-pi%C3%B9-importanti-calciatori.aspx

11.  The latest update from the counterfeit operation PRINT STOP

-         https://siac.gdf.it/notizie/Pagine/Operazopne-PRINT-STOP.aspx

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Our selection of #IPNEWS and articles

1.      On the 26th of October the Italian National Competition Authority confirmed SIAE’s abuse of dominant position in the market for collective management of copyright

-         Official press release (only available in Italian): http://www.agcm.it/media/dettaglio?id=80110151-3bc1-4273-9e5b-92b2feddf306&parent=Comunicati%20stampa&parentUrl=/media/comunicati-stampa

2.      AG Szpunar advises CJEU to rule that copyright cannot subsist in military report in important fundamental rights case:

-         http://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2018/10/ag-szpunar-advises-cjeu-to-rule-that.html

-         For the full AG Opinion: http://curia.europa.eu/juris/document/document.jsf?text=&docid=207024&pageIndex=0&doclang=en&mode=req&dir=&occ=first&part=1&cid=2486799

3.      The "markedly different" infringement approach finds application in Actavis v Eli Lilly in Icescape v Ice-World:

-         http://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2018/10/lord-kitchin-applies-markedly-different.html

-         https://intellectualpropertyblog.fieldfisher.com/2018/court-of-appeal-grapples-with-actavis-in-patent-infringement-case-icescape-v-ice-world

-         http://www.mondaq.com/uk/x/749034/Patent/Court+of+Appeal+keep+their+cool+over+Actavis

-         For the full text of the Judgment: https://www.bailii.org/cgi-bin/format.cgi?doc=/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/2018/2219.html

4.      The General Court stated that the “Cooking Chef Gourmet” cannot be a trademark:

-         https://intellectualpropertyplanet.wordpress.com/2018/10/24/cooking-chef-gourmet-cannot-be-a-trademark-according-to-the-eu-general-court/

-         https://www.worldipreview.com/news/de-longhi-fails-to-convince-eu-court-in-tm-case-16803?utm_source=World+IP+Review&utm_campaign=ef81b10e64-WIPR_Digital_Newsletter_12092018_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d76dcadc01-ef81b10e64-27263061

-         For the full text of the Judgment: http://curia.europa.eu/juris/document/document.jsf;jsessionid=778E2C3F934076D3FDC253FF87573883?text=&docid=206582&pageIndex=0&doclang=EN&mode=lst&dir=&occ=first&part=1&cid=2791121

5.      Prince's Estate is Seeking Federal Trademark Protection for His Purple Pantone Hue:

-       http://www.thefashionlaw.com/home/princes-estate-is-seeking-federal-trademark-protection-for-his-purple-pantone-hue

-       Further deepen the topic at: http://time.com/5055141/prince-inspires-ultra-violet-pantone-color-of-the-year-2018/

6.      UK Government response to the call for views regarding illicit IPTV streaming devices:

-         https://www.iptechblog.com/2018/10/block-party-uk-government-considers-new-ways-of-clamping-down-on-illegal-streaming/

-         https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pressure-grows-on-producers-of-illegal-streaming-devices-and-thieves-of-paid-for-content

-         https://www.digitaltveurope.com/2018/10/23/uk-government-outlines-new-measures-in-piracy-clampdown/

-         The full text of the Intellectual Property Office’s report at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/750177/Gov-Response-call-for-views-Illicit-IPTV.pdf

7.      Unwired Planet vs Huawei: the Appeal:

-         https://trustinip.com/unwired-planet-vs-huawei-the-appeal/

-         https://www.worldipreview.com/news/english-court-of-appeal-set-to-rule-on-unwired-planet-v-huawei-16853

8.      Wondering how to plan the IP aspects of your new start-up?

-         Copyrights: Intellectual Property Considerations for Start-Ups

-         https://www.ipwatchdog.com/2018/10/24/copyrights-intellectual-property-start-ups/id=102441/

-         https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/322248

-         https://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=8c6b5ac0-7f50-4258-9632-c0c7bc62143a

-         https://www.forbes.com/consent/?toURL=https://www.forbes.com/sites/maryjuetten/2018/10/11/intellectual-property-the-hard-way-part-iv-early-ip-disclosure/

-         https://www.natlawreview.com/article/what-start-ups-need-to-know-about-intellectual-property

9.      On the impact of Blockchain technology on the IP field:

-         https://trustinip.com/can-blockchain-be-a-reasonable-step-to-keep-trade-secrets-safe/

-         https://www.zdnet.com/article/sony-explores-the-blockchain-to-create-drm-intellectual-property-protection-tech/

-         https://www.asiacryptotoday.com/how-blockchain-can-shake-up-the-future-of-intellectual-property/

-         http://www.ipwatchdog.com/2018/10/12/expansion-blocking-patent-doctrine-trading-logic-gremlins/id=102260/

10.  The Court of Luxembourg rules against wind turbine company in colour TM appeal:

-         https://www.worldipreview.com/news/cjeu-rules-against-wind-turbine-company-in-colour-tm-appeal-16885

-         Find out the full text of the Judgment at: http://curia.europa.eu/juris/document/document.jsf?text=&docid=207025&pageIndex=0&doclang=EN&mode=req&dir=&occ=first&part=1&cid=2741811

11.  The Judgment of Lazio Regional Administrative Court let the issue of parallel imports stand out again, sheding new lights on it:

-         http://trademarkblog.kluweriplaw.com/2018/10/22/parallel-imports-pharmaceuticals-rebranding-not-rebranding/

-         https://www.limegreenipnews.com/2018/09/italy-parallel-imports-when-a-name-change-is-a-game-changer/

12.  AI keeps on inflaming public debate between scholars and practitioners, hereby some articles:

-          http://www.wipo.int/wipo_magazine/en/2018/05/article_0001.html

-         https://singularityhub.com/2018/10/19/why-we-should-stop-conflating-human-and-machine-intelligence/#sm.0000118lfuxss0d74zfv99oiwq2mm

-         http://www.wipo.int/wipo_magazine/en/2018/05/article_0003.html

-         http://digitalhealthage.com/success-of-ai-driven-healthcare-depends-on-robust-ip-strategies/

-         http://www.techinsights.com/about-techinsights/overview/blog/microsoft-azure-artifical-intelligence/

13.  Nintendo won a copyright lawsuit against a go-kart operator in Tokyo:

-       https://intellectualpropertyplanet.wordpress.com/2018/10/08/nintendo-won-a-copyright-lawsuit-against-a-go-kart-operator-in-tokio/

-       https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/09/28/national/crime-legal/popular-go-kart-company-maricar-loses-court-battle-street-kart-business/#.W8DMe2gzbIU

 

14.  Not strictly IP LAW, still intriguing issue: Amazon’s business model is currently under severe scrutiny of both scholars and antitrust institutions:

-       Does Amazon comply with EU competition law? Some initial thoughts on the new Commission investigation

     https://trustinip.com/does-amazons-business-model-comply-with-eu-competition-law-some-thoughts-on-the-new-big-antitrust-probe/

-       Amazon faces a probe from EU's competition watchdog over sales data

https://www.technologyreview.com/the-download/612179/amazon-facing-probe-from-eus-competition-watchdog-over-sales-data/

-       On the Amazon probe: neutrality everywhere (or the rise of common carrier antitrust)

https://chillingcompetition.com/2018/09/25/on-the-amazon-probe-neutrality-everywhere-or-the-rise-of-common-carrier-antitrust/

-    [Still on time for this must-read (Author entry)] Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox

https://www.yalelawjournal.org/note/amazons-antitrust-paradox

15.  The Italian Guardia di Finanza strategy to face counterfeit Hallowen products:

-       https://siac.gdf.it/Notizie/Pagine/Controlli-per-un-Halloween-sicuro--.aspx

16.  The operation "Falsicchio": protecting trademark rights of food products:

-     https://siac.gdf.it/notizie/Pagine/Operazione-Falsicchio.aspx

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Our selection of #IPNEWS and articles

1.      Landlords Beware: Michael Kors Takes on "Revolving Door of Counterfeiters" in New York City

 

2.      Italian Supreme Court holds that an unauthorized derivative work may be both infringing and protectable

 

3.      It’s not all about the shape: the strange case of the pink chocolate bar

 

4.      Intellectual property and e-commerce: Alibaba’s perspective

 

5.      eBay is Suing Amazon Over its “Illegal” & “Clandestine” Scheme to Poach Sellers

 

6.      Rihanna, Puma & Fenty Corp. Are Being Sued Over "FU" Garments and Accessories

 

7.      The Evolution of Walmart and its Quest to Become an e-commerce Powerhouse

 

8.      CJEU weighs on liability of owner of internet connection used to infringe copyright

 

9.      World Food Day! Patentable foods: The "Impossible" and the eggless

 

10.  When AI can be protected by patents?

 

11.  General Court: mere fact that goods are different makes it possible to rule out any likelihood of confusion

 

12.   The Italian Guardia di Finanza seized about 15,000 fake “Made in Italy” products in Torino

 

13.   The Italian Guardia di Finanza seized more than 310,000 products in Salerno

 

14.  Almost 3 million products seized by the Italian Guardia di Finanza in Cagliari

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REPORT ON THE EU CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS: RESULTS AT THE EU BORDER, 2017

The enforcement of intellectual property rights (hereinafter, “IPR”) by Customs is recognized as being a commonly investigated issue of the European policy initiatives. In the words of the Commission, “it is important to provide right-owners with the certainty that the fruits of their inventions will be protected. The competitiveness of European businesses depends on it”. In this regard, the past decade has seen a further boost in the European Customs administration, indeed, already known for its high enforcement ratio and effectiveness.

 

In light of the above, the present Report is an overview of the detentions carried out under Customs procedures in 2017. The topic is examined via statistics on the description, quantities and values of the goods seized, as well as on their provenience, the means of transportation and the type of IPR presumably infringed. In fact, thanks to Regulation (EU) No 608/2013, bulk of data concerning Customs enforcements of IPR are transmitted on a daily basis by the Member States to the Commission. Once elaborated and recapped, these information allowed to shed new lights on the performance and current trends of the enforcement actions.

 

Within this framework, the enforcement procedure ordinarily takes origin from the right-holder’s application for action. Specifically, the right-holder is entailed to request Customs, on a national or European basis, to act if there is the suspect that his IPR right has been violated. The 2017 “Report on the EU Customs enforcement of Intellectual property rights” shows that 2’776 national and 1’271 Union applications were lodged by right-holders. On the other hand, also the EU Customs have the power to autonomously undertake an action for detention. In such cases, the first step of the procedure consists in identification of the right-holder. Then, a national application has to be submitted within 4 working days to permit the Customs to continue the detention or suspension of the release of the goods. However, the past year has seen these officio procedures playing a rather limited role, adding up to 2% of the total.

 

As mentioned above, two of the most relevant information concern the number of seizures by the Customs and the number of articles detained. With reference to the first, it can be observed a decrease by 9% in 2017 of the air freights, sea transport and post modes. Appreciably, the latter almost halved.  On the contrary, the interceptions in express courier and road transport witnessed a slight increase compared to the 2016 records.  

 

In relation to the quantity of articles detained, each interception may amount to different volume of products, ranging from few to millions of unities. The total number of articles detained shows a decrease in the amount of 24% compared to the previous year: 34 million of articles were detained in 2017 vis-à-vis the 41 million of the precedent year. Interestingly, a decrease of approximately 50% marks out perfumes and cosmetics, clothing accessories, ink cartridges and toners, toys, cigarettes, lighters and packaging materials. Among these categories, the most significant decrease in absolute terms pertains to the cigarettes, with 7 million packages being less detained, representing 70% of the total decrease in articles. With reference to the domestic records, Lithuania excels in terms of number of articles detained, with more than 6 million of units, while Finland surged up of 2’185%, stepping from 18’191 to 415’728 units in the last year.

 

Following the detention by the Customs, more than two-third of the products have been destroyed following one of the two procedures depicted in Regulation (EU) No 608/2013. First, goods have been destroyed, under the ‘standard procedure’ pursuant to article 23 of Regulation (EU) No 608/2013, after a confirmation from the right-holder and an agreement from the holder of the goods. Second, Article 26 provides the applicant with the possibility of requesting the destruction of goods transported in a small consignment without the need to notify the right-holder of every shipment. Not surprisingly, this procedure led to a significant reduction in the administrative burden for both custom authorities and the right-holders, while, at the same time, it positively affected the counter-action towards counterfeit products transported by post and express couriers. This conclusion is further confirmed by the abovementioned decrease in these two transport modalities (i.e. post transport, as said, halved). In less than 10% of the detentions, goods appeared to be non-infringing original goods, or goods in relation to which the right-holder did not take any action. Similarly, one case of detention out of ten ended up with a legal action before the Court initiated by the right-holder in order to determine the infringement.

 

A global perspective of the countries of provenance shows that China is still the main source country of detained goods (73%). Moreover, and confirming the last decade trend, together with a group of eastern countries, China leads the rank of the so called “top exporters”: China, Hong Kong, Turkey, Vietnam and India export in Europe more than 90% of the total amount of detained products. Focusing on the value of the detained products, the trade from Hong-Kong is at the top of the rank in relation to the luxury segment. The reason lies on the detentions of high-value luxury goods.

 

Finally, as already examined in the past decade, approximately nine out of ten detained goods, both in terms of value and in terms of quantity, presumably violated an EU, International or National trademark.

 

In conclusion, while the numbers are slowly decreasing, illicit importations of counterfeit products are still a huge issue that may irreparably harm many EU business. Numbers show clearly that the system in place work, but it’s still a great burden on IP right holders and Customs authorities in order to keep up with the amount of infringements.

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EU controversial #Copyright #Directive approved

With the approval of the new Copyright Directive, the European Parliament has clearly shown its determination to grant right-holders an effective protection. Indeed, the Directive was passed in Strasbourg with 438 votes in its favor, 226 against and 39 abstentions. Now it is up to the Council to decide whether to keep the Directive in its present state or to modify the articles, and to vote its final version.

 

The approved text has been partially amended from the previously rejected proposal. In the words of the European Parliament, the amendments put in place are aimed at “[bringing] tangible benefits for EU citizens, researchers, educators, writers, artists, press and cultural heritage institutions and to open up the potential for more creativity and content by clarifying the rules and making them fit for the digital world”. Concurrently, online platforms, like YouTube and Facebook, and news aggregator, such as Google News, will have to enforce a higher online protection standard and adequately remunerate all authors for their creations.

 

The European position backs up the Commission proposal, aimed at strengthening the online platforms’ liability with regards to the infringements of copyright law. The Directive requires all information society service providers, who store and provide to the public user-generated content, to cooperate with right-holders and implement adequate and proportionate measures, in order to enforce copyright protection. These include the adoption of effective content recognition technologies, violation reporting procedures and clear terms of service, in order to swiftly flag and remove infringing contents.

 

Furthermore, the new boundaries of liability will impose to online platforms and news aggregators to remunerate who holds rights over the copyrighted material they publish online. Media outlets are now entitled to fair compensation for the digital use and publication of their work on third party websites. The new copyright discipline expressly allows journalists themselves, and not only the publishing houses they work for, to benefit from the remuneration stemming from said obligation. With a specific intent to encourage the growth of start-ups and consequently innovation in a broader sense, the text explicitly excludes from its field of application small and micro online-companies.

 

Mindful of some of the criticisms raised in July, the new Directive specifically states that the upload of contents on non-profit online encyclopedias, such as Wikipedia, or open source sharing platforms, like GitHub, will be automatically exempt from compliance to the obligations set out by the new European dispositions.

 

Finally, the Parliament opted to strengthen the contractual position of authors and artists. First, they will be allowed to demand additional remuneration from their licensees, whenever the agreed fees are deemed to be “disproportionately” low compared to the earnings and benefits deriving from the exploitation of their creations. Second, they will be entitled to revoke or put an end to the exclusivity of a license, if it appears that the counterparty is not making use the licensed work.

 

For European and foreign copyright holders, this decision of the European Parliament is an exceptional victory and a stepping stone towards a full recognition of the work of many creators and businesses, but this is not the end of the journey and we will make sure to keep a close eye upon the work of the European legislator.

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Our selection of #IPNEWS

The role of IP rights in the fashion business: a US perspective

 

Louis Vuitton, Prada Targeted by Fake Stores in Chinese Cities

 

Burberry ends its product destruction policy

 

Anti-counterfeiting pharma packaging market to grow by 12 percent by 2024

 

YouTube chief warns EU Copyright Directive could ‘undermine’ the creative economy

 

EUIPO Study: Specialised IP Rights Jurisdictions in the Member States

 

What does a no deal Brexit mean for trade marks and designs?

 

China’s new e-commerce law positive for IP protection, say lawyers

 

CJEU back in ‘Hot Water’ – when are infringing goods being ‘offered’?

 

Emojis and intellectual property law

CJEU dismisses TM appeal over German castle name

 

Prince’s estate takes on European network over ‘bootleg’ music

 

More than 3 million dangerous products seized by the Italian Guardia di Finanza in Brescia

 

More than 26 million products seized by the Italian Guarda di Finanza in Torino, including almost 1.5 million clothing accessories

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