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Kickass Torrents (KAT) is one of the largest file sharing websites in the world that has allowed people to copy and distribute more than $1 billion worth of media. Since its inception in 2008, KAT has provided a directory that allows users to download TV shows, music, movies, videogames and other types of media. It is estimated that the aggregation of media that has circulated the website to be wo...
ARM Holdings, a Cambridge-based internet technology company that designs chips and holds the title as the UK’s only global-scale tech company and is also listed in the FTSE 100 has accepted a takeover offer by the Japanese tech conglomerate SoftBank for $31.4 billion.
ARM’s technology is present in virtually every mobile device, tablet and smartphone. The phone designs chips, but do...
A court battle between Apple and Network-1 from 2008 had a recent development. It all started when a company named Mirror Worlds filed a lawsuit against Apple, due to an infringement of patents describing streams of information in a computer system. A similar functionality is found in Apple’s Time Machine and Cover Flow.
In 2010, a preliminary jury trial, concerning four of those patents...
Following several months of uncertainty and speculation, the trans-Atlantic agreement between the European Union and the United States of America has been officially adopted on Tuesday the 12th of July, 2016.
The agreement, known as ‘Privacy Shield’ intends to protect data between the EU and the US, two regions that have distinct regulations concerning data security. It establishes...
Abstract: Djibouti becomes the 150th PCT Member-state
Djibouti has become the 150th Member State to join the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), it filed its instrument of accession on the 23rd of June, 2016 and the treaty is expected to be enforceable from the 23rd of September, 2016. The law in Djibouti is due to be amended in order to cater for PCT international applications.
Abstract: The UK has voted to leave the EU – what are the consequences for IP Rights?
The surprise came on the morning of Friday, the 24th of June: Voters in the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. Apart from all of the other economic and political issues, this event has created a chorus of concerns among IP stakeholders.
As a member of the European Union, The United King...
Abstract: BUDWEISER will use the trademark AMERICA but will not place an application for registration
With the US Presidential elections and the 4th of July celebrations stealing the spotlight, Budweiser, in a purely marketing campaign and trying to make the most out of the situation, has changed the name of its beer products from the standard Budweiser, into “AMERICA”.
It is not...
Past April 20th, 2016 the Rwandan government has released an Official Gazette Special.
This important document, drafted in Kinyarwanda, French and English, makes effective recently promulgated laws and modifies various IP laws. The main changes are the following:
Law No. 005 of 05/04/2016 governing Seeds and Plant Varieties in Rwanda
The Rwandan government, with the support of ARIPO...
Since the 8th of June, 2016, the Industrial Property Office of Kosovo, one of the youngest countries in the world, has tighten its requirements for filing applications for protection of trademarks, designs, patents and other intellectual property rights.
So far it was possible for applicants to submit a scanned copy of the Power of Attorney to the PTO as proof of representation. However, as of...
A Chinese court has ruled against Apple in a case over the use of the ‘iPhone’ trademark claiming that the Californian company failed to prove the term was “familiar to the public and widely known” at the time of registration. The trademark ‘iPhone’ was registered by the Chinese company Xintong Tiandi Technology Co. in 2007 on the same year the iPhone was launch...
It is official, as from today, (27/05/16) José Mourinho is officially Manchester United’s new manager. An announcement such as this would normally call for a celebration for “sealing the deal”, but for the executives responsible for the transfer there is still unsettled issues that need to be pondered and addressed.
Chelsea F.C. still owns Mourinho’s image rights...
The concept of keeping things as ‘simple and concise’ as possible in business and commercial affairs is frequently endorsed by marketing strategists as being the sure proof path to gaining visibility and the attention of the public. However, said strategy also carries an amount of risk when it comes to obtaining a trademark registration.
The Dutch travel site known as ‘Booking...
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