Intellectual property

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Adidas loses four stripes court battle with designer Thom Browne
Sportswear company claimed fashion label’s motif was too similar to its trademark three-stripe logo

Lauren Cochrane

13, Jan, 2023 @4:15 PM

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Demand for Japanese manga bucks Australia’s downward piracy trend
With songs and movies readily available on streaming services, illegal downloads have moved to less-available media

Josh Taylor

07, Jan, 2023 @7:00 PM

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Something is afoot with copyright this Public Domain Day | John Naughton
On New Year’s Day, copyright in the US expires on a new clutch of artistic works. But shady legal shenanigans mean it’s a little overdue…

John Naughton

01, Jan, 2023 @9:00 AM

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Sharing TV streaming passwords is illegal, says UK copyright watchdog
Intellectual Property Office says people using services such as Netflix without paying could face prosecution

Mark Sweney

21, Dec, 2022 @5:14 PM

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Descendant of Doctor Zhivago author loses copyright court case
Anna Pasternak alleged Lara Prescott copied elements of her book about her great uncle Boris’s lover

Haroon Siddique Legal affairs correspondent

25, Oct, 2022 @4:56 PM

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The great podcast robbery? Sony and Spotify accused of stealing shows
The media giants have allegedly released ‘new’ podcasts mirroring those made by the likes of Gizzi Erskine and Pandora Sykes. So why is it so hard to make a case against them?

Danielle De Wolfe

21, Oct, 2022 @1:00 PM

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Lidl ordered to destroy its Lindt-like chocolate bunnies by Swiss court
Ruling on trademark case suggests German retailer could melt down and reuse the offending rabbits

Joanna Partridge

29, Sep, 2022 @12:40 PM

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UK teacher’s Word Windows literacy tool sparks Microsoft trademark dispute
Kate McKenzie from Northampton receives letter opposing name of device created for people with dyslexia

Jessica Murray Midlands correspondent

23, Aug, 2022 @3:57 PM

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Swedish gaming giant buys Lord of the Rings and Hobbit rights
Embracer buys Middle-earth Enterprises which controls intellectual property rights to Tolkien’s most famous works

Mark Sweney

18, Aug, 2022 @1:33 PM

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Johnny Depp and Jeff Beck to review claims they stole incarcerated man’s poem
Song from pair’s album 18 appears to take several lines from Hobo Ben by Slim Wilson without giving credit

Laura Snapes

05, Aug, 2022 @10:31 AM

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50 Chinese students leave UK in three years after spy chiefs’ warning
MI5 chief says Chinese communist party targeting intellectual property across west

Dan Sabbagh Defence and security editor

06, Jul, 2022 @4:10 PM

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The WTO faces a make or break week over vaccines | Larry Elliott
The ruling on whether or not to waive patent rules will this week show if the trade body is for the world or the west

Larry Elliott Economics editor

12, Jun, 2022 @10:04 AM

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