World of IP Round Up: September | New “Threats” Provision, Amazon’s Lapsed Patent and Intriguing New Registrations

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World of IP: September (feat. Taylor Swift)

In a new monthly series of blogs, Virtuoso will keep you all up to date with the latest and greatest news in the world of IP.

Without further ado, here are the big stories from September.

World of IP Round Up: The Big Three

New IP “threats” law enters into force:

When you enter into an intellectual property dispute, you have to be very careful when if and when you contact the other side. Key to this is not making “groundless threats”; as any threat that is made falsely, can result in a counterclaim. Recent changes have come into play which address a number of common concerns that the consensus had agreed were unfair.
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Amazon’s patent for 1-click checkout expired this month, e-tailers rejoice:

Amazon are a company that has revolutionised the world of shopping, since being founded in 1994. A critical component of this is how easy Amazon have made it for people to see items they want, and buy instantly. It’s no surprise that e-tailers are rejoicing this month as Amazon’s patent for “1-Click” checkout has lapsed – allowing them to get in on the game.
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Ford Trade Mark applications hints at a new model on the horizon:
The registration of trade marks and patents are an interesting way to peer into a future that is just around the corner. (Last month, people were able to predict the names of Beyonce’s twins before they were announced to the world). Whilst IP registrations do not always confirm what’s going to happen – when Ford trade mark the name “Nautilus”, people pay attention.
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World of IP Round Up: The Best of the Rest

Conor McGregor registers three trade marks to protect his growing brand: “The Notorious” Conor McGregor seeks to secure his notoriety with three trade marks across several classes.
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Taylor Swift trade marks lyrics off her new album: Likely a merchandising move, lyrics from Taylor Swift’s new album have been registered as trade marks.
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Taylor Swift also sued for copyright infringement for mega-hit “Shake It Off” lyrics: In other news, Taylor Swift is being sued for copyright infringement for lyrics off her previous album.
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36 New patents from Apple suggest what the future holds beyond the iPhone X: Apple announced it’s latest and greatest in the form of the iPhone X (pronounced “ten”, apparently). But what’s next? 36 new patents suggest what the future holds.
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A UK couple were found selling counterfeit perfume that was laced with methanol: Counterfeiting can be very damaging for businesses, as customers receive off-brand and inferior goods. But sometimes it can be dangerous. Note the case of the counterfeit perfume.
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US Man sentenced for hijacking a company’s domain name and holding it to ransom: Domain names are a big part of business’ online identity these days, and can be enforced through intellectual property rights. This month, an ex-employee, who had ransomed their previous company for $10,000 was sentenced.
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The Pirate Bay was found to be utilising computers active on it’s data sharing network to mine digital coins: The Pirate Bay were found to be using computing power on their infamous sharing network to mine digital coins.
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Business of Fashion talks about the value of logos as branding evolves in 2017: In the world of online brands – the way that businesses: create, utilise and deploy their brand assets is changing. The Business of Fashion review what this means for logos in 2017, moving into the future.
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Nikon patents suggest the company will release full-frame mirrorless cameras soon: Another set of patent applications predict that Nikon will make a much anticipated move into mirror-less digital camera technology.
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A new study into internet culture posits who own online public works: Creativity online makes it harder and harder to discern who owns what. A recent study suggests that in certain circumstances these creations should be considered public works.
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Gene Simmons admits he would trade mark “the air you breathe”, if he could: Gene Simmons is a man who knows the value of IP. After a recent high-profile retreat in trade marking the “devil’s horns” gesture – he discusses his perspective on IP and why he would trade mark “the air your breathe”, if it were possible  
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Cyber-squatters are targeting luxury brands: Finally, cyber-squatters have been found to be targeting luxury brands in particular. A warning to those with powerful brands to sure up their online security.
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And that’s it for September!

We will see you for next month’s report, at the end of October.

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