Appeal filed in Led Zeppelin copyright row

Plaintiff seeks to dismiss June verdict; motion comes after jury held no ‘substantial similarity’ between ‘Stairway to heaven’ and ‘Taurus’.

Copyright, Licensing, US & Canada

Blow for cannabis industry as TTAB rejects ‘unlawful’ mark

Trademarks registered with non-cannabis products face refusal if the mark has previously been associated with marijuana

Trademark, US & Canada

Crocs snaps at Toys ‘R’ Us for infringement

Clogs manufacturer claims toy store is copying ‘breathable footwear’; seeks treble damages

Patent, Design, US & Canada

‘Pay me’ designer demands after accusing Zara of infringement

Indie artist slams Spanish retailer’s ‘business plan to steal designs’; high street chain hits back that work is generic

Trademark, Design, US & Canada

Brexit High Court challenge scheduled for October

Article 50 can’t be invoked without parliamentary consensus action claims; case expected to reach Supreme Court by December

Patent, UK, Europe

Caught in the middle: ISPs face blocking orders after Cartier case

The Court of Appeal has affirmed website-blocking to combat trademark infringement in Cartier v BskyB, explain Nicola Dagg, Neville Cordell and Jin Ooi

Trademark, UK

Shock, loss and law: diary of a Brexit

It has been an emotional rollercoaster since the ‘leave’ vote, but Annsley Merelle Ward says the IP community is ready to tackle whatever comes next

Trademark, Copyright, Patent

From obscurity to ubiquity?

A once obscure piece of legislation for seeking discovery, is now being used to obtain discovery from US entities involved in cross-border disputes. Kenneth Adamo, Eugene Goryunov and Brian Verbus discuss

Patent, US & Canada

Expanding horizon of Section 337 jurisdiction

Parties involved in cross-border disputes should recognise that the scope of the ITC’s § 337 jurisdiction is much broader than just patents, says Teague I Donahey

Patent, Licensing, US & Canada

Patent procedures in India take shape

Under Narendra Modi’s leadership the Indian government has taken a pro-business stance, which has included reforming the country’s IP regime. Kshitij Malhotra discusses

Patent, Middle East & Asia

Five readily available programmes to expedite US patent prosecution

With the USPTO on track with its plan to improve the process for patent prosecution, Rory P Pheiffer examines how it can be expedited in the meantime

Patent, US & Canada

Restoration of IP rights in Japan

The Japan Patent Office recently revised the rules relating to restoration of IP rights. Kazuya Sekiguchi discusses the implications.

Patent, Middle East & Asia

China’s evolution from manufacturing to innovation

Erick Robinson examines how patents and the Anti-Monopoly Law are changing the rules in China and how companies can protect themselves

Patent, China

Promoting innovation among employees

Entrepreneurs are at the vanguard of innovation, but not all have to be one-man bands, says Steve Edkins

Patent, Strategy

Google Books story comes to the end

By declining to review an earlier decision regarding Google Books, the US Supreme Court has agreed that the copying of 4m books is fair use, says Ernest V Linek

Copyright, US & Canada

A practical guide to music licensing

Copyrighted music can generate a significant income for rights owners, but they have to secure two different licences first, says Burgundy Morgan

Copyright, Licensing, US & Canada

Protecting trade secrets but suppressing whistleblowers?

Some country-specific trade secret laws have proved unfit for purpose but, ask Sarah Turner and Matthew Ives, will the new EU directive be any better?

Patent, US & Canada, Europe