Disney accused of ‘blatant’ Zootopia infringement

Writer and producer states Hollywood studio copied plot, characters and dialogue from motion picture franchise

Copyright, Licensing, US & Canada

SCOTUS reviews ‘long and tortured’ patent exhaustion doctrine

Oral hearings begin in Lexmark; high court reversal of earlier CAFC ruling could upset hundreds of business models

Patent, Licensing, US & Canada

Young people’s appetite for counterfeits increasing, reveals EUIPO

Results of major study show educational efforts failing; ‘price and availability’ from legal online sources is a key driver for European piracy

Trademark, Copyright, Patent, Design, Licensing, Europe

Reaction: SCOTUS’ Varsity ruling will ‘haunt the courts’

Varsity Brands wins cheerleading copyright suit; lawyer claims court has ‘broken key limitation’ on copyright protection

Copyright, Licensing, US & Canada

Patent laches defence reduced in SCA Hygiene

SCOTUS applies Petrella in ruling; Breyer J dissents stating majority opens a new ‘gap’ in the patent law

Patent, Licensing, US & Canada

IP and trade deals: is CETA the last of its kind?

Ratification of Canadian-EU deal seems to be on track, but could the pact be one of the last trade agreements to multilaterally bind countries?

Patent, US & Canada

Cross-border battle

Why did a plaintiff file Canadian and US lawsuits coinciding with SnapChat’s recent IPO? Marek Nitoslawski and Michael Shortt discuss

Patent

Is there a legislative fix for biotech patents?

Section 101 under the US Patent Act is in urgent need of clarification, say Matthew Kreeger and Christopher Jamieson Kendall

Patent, Licensing, US & Canada

Cure found for poisonous divisionals

Marks & Clerk’s Julian Asquith and Susan Bradley unpick the EPO’s recent decision that resolves concerns around ‘poisonous divisionals’

Patent, Licensing, US & Canada

Lessons in design

With a raft of major design cases passing through US courts last year, Steven L Wood and Alison Karmelek Jimerson highlight the key takeaways

Patent, Design, US & Canada

Brexit and the UPC

There are several issues that may affect the UPC post-Brexit – CJEU supremacy, the court’s location and UK participation are to name but a few. Michael Colledge expands

Patent, Europe

Twisting and turning in the themed entertainment sector

Eddie Powell explains how as theme park attractions become more complex and character-driven, the IP in them becomes increasingly valuable

Patent

UPC update as Italy ratifies

Now the UK has indicated that it will ratify the UPC Agreement, the question on everyone’s minds is no longer ‘will we or won’t we’, but ‘when will the UPC start’ and ‘what will happen when the UK leaves the EU?’ Richard Pinckney reviews

Patent, Europe

UK’s industrial strategy and IP

Promoting growth and long-term prosperity is the aim of the PM’s green paper but what role will IP play? Clare Jackman examines

Patent, UK, Europe

A new direction?

With its chair position in flux, Susan M Natland, Jacob R Rosenbaum and Jessica C Sganga examine what data privacy and security route the powerful FTC might take in future

Trademark, Copyright, Patent, Design, Strategy, US & Canada

Brexit and association agreements

In response to the UK government’s Brexit white paper, Chris Leigh of pro-leave Scientists for Britain believes that UK-EU research collaboration could still thrive

Patent, Strategy

A question of ‘integrity’

Perkins Coie’s John P Halski examines whether the USPTO has opened a back door to undoing the presumption of validity on the principal register

Trademark, Patent, US & Canada