Smiley emoji earns over £100m for copyright holder

Iconic face has trademark protection in over 100 countries; registered in 1970’s after US insurance company failed to do so

Copyright, Licensing

Pirelli’s ‘simple’ tyre mark appeal screeches to a halt

Fifth Chamber holds position mark lacks distinction; urges for ‘legal certainty and sound administration’ for trademark applications

Trademark, Europe

Waymo ‘retreats’ after dropping patent claims in Uber dispute

Alphabet-owned self-driving car start-up abandons three out of four claims to focus on trade secret theft; trial set for October

Patent, US & Canada

Irish newspaper issues apology for copyright infringement

The Liberal agrees to pay damages and publish admission on Twitter and Facebook; ‘victory’ for journalists

Copyright, Licensing, Europe

London’s UPC central division under review

Pharma and life sciences court held in Aldgate to be examined; ‘unclear’ whether UK can continue to participate in unitary patent

Patent, UK, Europe

Trouble in patent troll paradise?

Recent Supreme Court decisions will likely curb actions by non-practising entities, say Marc J Rachman, and Devin A Kothari

Patent, Licensing, US & Canada

Protecting medical device integrity

David L De Bruin examines how SCOTUS’ patent exhaustion verdict in Lexmark will impact the healthcare sector

Patent, Licensing, US & Canada

IPM webinar: Beyond notice and takedown in fight against fakes

Panel discusses how brands could best utilise e-commerce platforms, social media, blacklistings and more to combat counterfeits

Trademark, Strategy, UK, US & Canada, Europe, China

Out of tune?

Tom Collins explores some of the key legal and commercial challenges faced by the music industry

Copyright, UK, US & Canada, Europe

The DSM’s impact on the UK music industry

Cross-border portability issues and licensing restrictions create significant consequences for the creative sector. Lance Phillips and William Smith examine


Determining a patent’s expiration date

Babak Tehranchi and Yang Tang provide a step-by-step procedure for determining the expiration date for most US utility patents

Patent, Strategy, US & Canada

For the public good

As INTA launches a programme to reach trademark pro bono clients, the scheme’s chair Megan K Bannigan explains how it benefits clients and lawyers alike

Trademark, UK, US & Canada, Europe, Features

The moderator paradox

A recent case examining online copyright liability poses a sticky problem for websites that host user-generated content, explain Tim Reynolds and Katie Green

Copyright, US & Canada

A big year for trademarks: part 1

In the first of a two-part series, Doug (Chip) Rettew and Yinfei Wu run down 2016’s key US trademark cases – the implications of which are still yet to be understood

Trademark, US & Canada

Narrowing the gulf in patent law

Patent system inconsistences in the region mean there is a desire for a unified court and a more harmonised approach. Jan Wrede and Abdullah Almazroa report

Patent, Middle East & Asia

Augmented reality legal issues are very real

What are the IP and privacy issues to consider surrounding AR and VR? Shannon Yavorsky and Kimberly Culp provide a run down


A delicate balance

Are the new ways of challenging patents under the America Invents Act disrupting the purpose of the Hatch-Waxman Act? Maura O’Malley reports

Patent, US & Canada