World of IP Round Up: October 2017 | Certifications Marks, Animoji, Game Boys and Judges who Code

World of IP Review: October

World of IP Review: October (Above, a very animated emoji…)

October has been a big month in the world of IP!

World of IP Round Up: The Big Four

 

New Certification Marks now registrable in the EU

A game changer for food and drinks producers. Champagne? Stilton? Cognac? All products that can be made elsewhere – but cannot be called the same thing – if they areChampagne made in England using exactly the same method is not “champagne” – but “sparkling wine”. This geographic-based certification has proven to be very valuable to producers of these products – and it’s something that the EUIPO have paid attention to!

Now in the EU if you have a bespoke good, created in a unique way, you can register this as a certification mark. This means that (regardless of geographic origin) if you register a product made in a unique and special way others would have to license use of your certification mark to describe their equivalent goods using the same name. This theoretically will create incredible new opportunities for producers.

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Apple are being sued over the use of “Animoji” Trade Mark

Apple are the most well-known technology company in the world. Not only that, but it was recently confirmed that the company have a cash reserve of $256.8bn. However, this doesn’t stop the company from making some high profile mistakes when it comes to their IP!

Case in point, in conjunction with the iPhone X Apple announced “Animoji” as a new feature. Using facial detection, this allows iPhone users to send animated emoji to each other that mimic the users’ facial expressions. The problem is, an existing company had Animoji registered as a trade mark (and app..!)

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Trade mark filing in Japan suggests that Nintendo may have a Game Boy “Mini” on the way!

Nintendo’s star is on the rise again! Alongside the popular release of the company’s “Switch” console, the historic games company has been leveraging nostalgia through the re-release of historic consoles including the NES and SNES in it’s “mini” series.

Fans will rejoice as it appears that a trade mark registered by the company in Japan suggests that a Game Boy mini could be on the way!

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From Across the Pond: can code be copyrightable? The increasing importance of code education in IP litigation

When it comes to certain things in IP – things work differently across the pond in the US. One of the big emerging trends is litigation between the giants of tech in relation to the ownership of code. The only problem is that, in these increasingly complicated cases concerning intricate code – few judges and jurors are able to understand what’s at stake.

In this long-form piece, The Verge look at the exception to this rule, a Judge who (on account of a hobbyist background in coding) has become the “go-to” guy in technological litigation.

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World of IP Round Up: The Best of the Rest

The Kardashians hit the bakery … with a trade mark infringement suit that is! It can be difficult to keep up with the Kardashians’ IP matters...

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“Innocent Foods” cafe in New Zealand finds itself up against Coca-Cola in trade mark dispute: Drinks giant views cafe as guilty of IP infringement. 

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The (Legal) History of Nike vs. adidas: Relentless competition between shoe manufacturers rooted in intellectual property: 

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42% Piracy drop for The Walking Dead season 9 premiere sees hoardes of illegal down-loaders go elsewhere: Streaming services aim shotgun at piracy’s head… 

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Toblerone and Poundland reach amicable agreement over “Twin Peaks” Toblerone-alike:  

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Netflix is OK with you sharing your password, but it’s going after piracy and streaming: Media pirates not advised to “Netflix and Chill”… 

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The dark side of counterfeiting. Fake goods worth £2m seized and ‘modern slavery victims’ rescued: Not a victim-less crime: counterfeiting is more serious than misspelled goods. 

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Emerging trend of trademark litigation in China: China shows signs of embracing IP protection – very good news for big brand exporters. 

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Disney clamps down on unlicensed characters for hire at birthdays: The farce is strong in this one… 

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Swiss drug-maker Roche earnings concern as key patents set to lapse in 2018: Drug patents are incredibly valuable for pharma companies.

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How To Use Your Early-Stage Intellectual Property To Raise More Money: IP is not *just* for big brands and business. 

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Drones that recharge your car? Amazon patent looks to the future: Patent suggests a bizarre future for the motorway…

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Russia increases its Intellectual Property official fees: Trend of fees increasing evidenced in Moscow. 

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UKIP faces copyright battle with Premier League over similar lion logo: Political party’s lion appears as confused as we are… 

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Brands offered “unique opportunity” to engage with Cambodian and help shape country’s IP system: Involvement signals a desire from Cambodian government to jump-start it’s IP. 

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Trade secrets in the news! Uber apparently Knew Its Self-Driving Guru Had Taken Google Trade Secrets: Trade secrets at the heart of suit that may topple transport disruptor. 

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We recognise the name, but what do they mean? The meaning behind 21 famous trade marks: More than just a logo … 

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7 Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing a Product Brand Name:

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And that’s it for October’s World of IP review.

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

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