World of IP Round Up: November 2017 | Uber in Hot Water, Apple Strike Back at Qualcomm, Art Basel settle with Apple and China’s IP Promise

World of IP: November Image via Mark Warner on Flickr

World of IP: November Image via Mark Warner on Flickr

Whilst November has been a very busy month for Virtuoso Legal. The rest of the world of IP has not stopped either! Here are all of the month’s major updates from the world of IP.

World of IP Round Up: The Big Five

Witness in Waymo v Uber Case states that Uber had a secret Unit Tasked with Stealing Intellectual Property

The behemoth case between Waymo and Uber takes a very dramatic turn as a key witness states that Uber had set up a “unit” dedicated to acquiring trade secrets from other companies. This, alongside a range of other bizarre business practices reported of the transport giant – place the company at odds with prior statements of disclosure. Allegedly key to this was use of the ephemeral messaging platform “Wickr” which allows messages to be sent and deleted after they were seen.

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Apple Countersue Qualcomm in lawsuit over Smartphone Battery Patents

In another high-profile ongoing technology dispute – Apple have responded to Qualcomm’s suit against them by countersuing. Qualcomm had originally sued Apple in July for alleged use of Qualcomm technology used to save battery power. In rebuke Apple argued that Qualcomm is using it’s proprietary technology in their popular Snapdragon processors. Most notably, the current generation of Snapdragon processors are used in Samsung (and other competitors’) phones.

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Heroes and Villains of Comic-Con clash for supremacy! 

A new dispute has emerged concerning the use of the term “Comic-Con” to describe comic book based conventions. San Diego Comic-Con had asserted that Salt Lake Comic-Con had “hijacked” the name – which has since become widely used and synonymous with similar events. The dispute now hinges on whether the term has become generic for the popular events.

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Settlement Reached in Art Basel v adidas case

A prolonged case between Art Basel and adidas has been settled. Art Basel had complained at adidas; use of Art Basel’s trade mark on a run of shoes sold at the event. adidas had not, however, been authorised to use the mark – nor were they a licensed partner for the event. The case has now concluded with acquiescence on adidas’ part.

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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang announces commitment to improve protection of intellectual property rights in the country

In a bid to answer scepticism and reticence from international business lobbies – Chinese premier Li Keqiang has announced the cabinet’s desire to improve IP regulations and enforcement within the country. This reflects an ongoing effort from China to open its market to international brands, by increasing the protection they have there.

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World of IP Round Up: The Best of the Rest

Research Suggests Streaming Services Won’t Kill Piracy After All! Once a pirate, always a pirate!

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Singapore: Starbucks lose trade mark lawsuit to Morinaga milk over circular, Seattle referencing, logo: I can’t believe it’s not Starbucks! 

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New Google Patent hints at a Pixelbook with a screen that moves automatically: The future of computing? Or an oddity we’ll never see again…?

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Kylie Jenner registers two new trade marks; likely to bolster monolithic cosmetics brand: Kardashian-Jenners’ empires are built on IP

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The perils of “Typo Piracy”! How a single character slip can land you in a lot of bother

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3 Chinese nationals charged with hacking and stealing IP from US companies: Whilst China seeks to bolster protection of international IP  – some remnants of the old remain 

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US: “Empire” TV show’s title found not to be infringing trade mark of Empire Records: It’s a (w)rap!

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“Weird Al” Yankovic renews his eponymous trade mark – avoiding association with Franken: A weird situation to be in for veteran comedy performer

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Fisker patents electric car battery with 500 mile range on a minute’s charge: Big, (if true!)

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Puff Daddy/Diddy/P Diddy loses “Brother Love” name and trade mark race to Nashville Rocker: Legendary rapper and mogul will have to change name again

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Betty’s Tea Rooms enforces “Fat Rascals” trade mark against small cafe in Whitby: Identical trade mark infringement enforcement a “piece of cake”

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New trade marks including “Yeezy Sound” suggest Kanye West’s next steps: Kanye West streaming service / headphones in the offing?

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Self-driving cars off-road? Not what you’d normally want or expect. Ford’s new patent forges a new path: Don’t worry they know what they’re doing!

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New BMW trade mark registrations suggest expansion of hybrid and electric range: BMW goes electric 

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Science journal piracy site “Sci-hub” ordered to shut down: Screams heard at University campuses worldwide

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London black cab makers loses bid to trade mark their distinctive shape: Trade-markable taxis soon appearing on roads near you

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How IP Took a first-time inventor from the “Shark Tank” (US “Dragon’s Den”) to $30M in sales: This is how you do it!

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Israeli company sues Apple over phone camera patents: Corephotonics seeking it’s fair bite of the Apple

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La Croix, The Story of a Brand going from Zero to Unstoppable Millennial Sensation: Sometimes the drink is more about the can than the juice!

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Kodi users tricked into installing piracy monitoring software with 3rd party skins: Looking good whilst going down

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Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA Opposes Dog Walking Company’s trade mark application for “Woof-Tang Clan”: Ol’ Dirty Beagle said to be devastated

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Pablo Escobar’s Brother demands $1 Billion from Netflix for use of Escobar IP: Would not want to be Netflix right now.

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John Lewis Christmas ad Accused of plagiarising “Mr. Underbed”: If true, not in the Christmas spirit at all! 

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

We will see you for next month’s report – just in time for Christmas!

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