Topshop loses appeal over Rihanna 'passing off' decision

Ruling raises prospect of celebrities mounting historical challenges to retailers over use of their image in 'specific circumstances'

Trademark, UK

End of the chapter for second hand e-book website?

Dutch court rules Tom Kabinet to cease trading or prove its online material is not pirated

Copyright, Licensing, Europe

Is DRM doomed? Publishers disagree over ditching rightholders’ ‘obsession’

QI researcher and Bloomsbury Publishing director at odds over future of technology that enforces rightholders’ usage rules

Copyright, Licensing, Europe

OHIM says ‘Je suis Charlie’ mark contrary to principles of morality

Office issues rare statement regarding future applications of the popular movement

Trademark, Europe

Screen scraping under threat due to Ryanair database ruling

CJEU holds that rightsholders of publicly accessible databases are free to determine by contract the conditions of use

Copyright, Licensing, Europe

Converse kicks off war with ‘toe cap’ competitors

Iconic US basketball shoe manufacturer seeks to prevent copycat designs in a high risk claim of trademark infringement

Trademark, US & Canada

UK and Germany reach Patent Box agreement

After mounting criticism, the UK has agreed a Patent Box system in tandem with Germany. David Cran explains what the changes mean in practice

Patent, Licensing, UK, Europe

Folding IP into enterprise risk management

Companies can better protect IP by using existing in-house resources, such as enterprise risk management, argues CREATe’s Pamela Passman.

Patent, Licensing, Strategy, US & Canada, Europe, China

Forging ahead

Lavoix’s Béatrice Daubin examines the important relationship between Community trademarks and other distinctive signs

Trademark, Europe

The new technology transfer block exemption: evolution, not revolution

Enforced 1 May 2014, the EU technology transfer block exemption's impact on parties negotiating licensing arrangements should not be under-estimated, says Norton Rose Fulbright's Caroline Thomas

Patent, Licensing, Europe

Common knowledge in the age of the internet

A case involving two pharma companies highlights the challenge of defining ‘common general knowledge’ in the information age, argue Scott Parker and Benjamin Thomas

Patent, UK

The Hub club

The vision for the Copyright Hub has moved on considerably since it was first mooted by Professor Ian Hargreaves. CEO of the hub Dominic Young gives Maura O’Malley an update on its new tech focus and how it hopes to give more control to online rights owners

Copyright, Licensing, UK

Winning over the crowd

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association’s Daniel Zohny explains to Catherine White how the organisation is helping to strengthen IP education, so fans not only love the World Cup but want to protect it too


Social media trademarks

As more companies look to protect their social media campaigns, Wynne-Jones IP’s Michelle Ward questions if it’s time for a new brand protection strategy

Trademark, UK

Protection of digital assets – the naked truth about cloud security

Time is of the essence when seeking English court injunctions against leaked photographs on the grounds of a privacy breach

Copyright, UK

Internet registrars on the radar

With a German internet registrar being found liable for copyright infringement, Nathalie Dreyfus assesses the risk to registrars elsewhere in Europe

Copyright, Europe

France to amend its IP and heritage codes

Bird & Bird’s Nathalie Ruffin and Vincent Robert review three new directives introduced under the country’s IP regime

Copyright, Europe