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Chanel Trademark Attempt Thwarted After Channel Island Objections
Friday June 7, 2013
A trademark application from ‘haute couture’ fashion house Chanel was recently refused on the grounds that their fragrance, Jersey, misleads customers to believe that the product is made on the Channel Island of the same name.
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ASA Rules Against Bogus Trade Mark Renewal Services
Thursday June 6, 2013
ASA Rules Against  Bogus Trade Mark Renewal Services
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The Maasai Brand: Can IP Laws protect a traditional culture?
Friday May 31, 2013
After years of exploitation with outsiders using and benefiting from their culture without permission, the Maasai are looking to protect what is theirs.
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Not just for the Big Boys: IP Law Defends Small Business over Infringement
Friday May 17, 2013
A recent case in the Patents County Court demonstrates that, for all the limelight shone on fights between giants such as Apple v Samsung, intellectual property law still serves to protect small businesses.
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Patent Privateers
Friday May 3, 2013
Last week, we reported on the increasing problems associated with patent trolls and their use of the excessive litigation as a way to benefit financially from weaknesses in the United States patent system. This week, we bring attention to the even more harmful and rising threat of a troll-related practice known as patent privateering.
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Pharmaceutical Patent Loophole to Close
Friday April 26, 2013

South Africa is looking to close a loophole in its patent law which allows drug companies to extend their patent protection through “ever-greening”. By slightly modifying an existing drug and passing it off as new, or “ever-greening” the drug, pharmaceutical companies extend their patent protection and continue to profit at the expense of the poorer population who is unable to afford the brand-name drugs.

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Patents used more for weapons than innovation
Friday April 19, 2013
In 2012, 56% of all intellectual property lawsuits were filed by patent trolls, a marked rise from 24% in 2007. Leading the research and analysis of such cases is Lex Machina, an IP litigation data and analytics company which has its roots in the Stanford University Law School.

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Urban Outfitters offends the Navajo Nation with offensive products
Friday April 12, 2013
Recently, Urban Outfitters has been on the “outs” with the Navajo Nation over its use of the Navajo name on products the Nation deems “derogatory and scandalous.” Problems began last year when Urban Outfitters launched a line of Navajo-branded accessories and clothing without the permission of the Navajo Nation (NN), the semi-autonomous Native American-governed territory. Specifically, it was the inclusion of underwear and a hip flask bearing the Navajo name that offended the tribe and prompted the writing of a cease and desist letter to Urban Outfitters.
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Facebook headed for trial
Friday April 5, 2013
Social networking giant, Facebook Inc., is headed to court this month over the use of a “Timeline” feature on its site. Confirmation of a jury trial is the latest development in an ongoing trade mark infringement dispute between Facebook and Timelines Inc., a small, Chicago-based company. In 2011, a week after Facebook (FB) announced its new “Timeline” app, the small online social-scrapbooking company sued the global networking site for infringement and unfair competition.
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A Smart “landing” phone
Friday March 29, 2013
Apple has been busy applying for patents. On 26 March, the United States Patent and Trademark Office published 35 newly granted patents for the company. One patent in particular has prompted much discussion in the news as the technology it has trademarked could transform the smart phone world.
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