Make sure you keep your finger firmly on the intellectual property pulse, with our round-up of the week’s most interesting and most eye-catching IP news and opinions…

 

The Royal Wedding and Intellectual Property Rights… Relax!

To mark Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s upcoming wedding, usual rules around royal image rights have been relaxed so they can be used for souvenirs to commemorate the occasion.

Stan Lee, 95, Sues for $1 Billion Claiming Ex-Business Partners Preyed ‘on his infirmities’

In a move that wouldn’t seem out of place in an action movie, as Stan Lee files a whopping $1 billion lawsuit against his ex-business partners, claiming they tricked him into signing over the rights to his name, image and likeness.

Cryptocurrency at centre of trademark infringement claim

Telegram Messenger, a UK-based instant messaging service, have filed a trademark infringement claim against a US-based blockchain company over their use of the service trademark “Gram”.

Toys ‘R’ Us to sell Geoffrey the Giraffe, and sex-toys-r-us.com

The bankrupt chain is selling its intellectual property in a bid to raise money to repay creditors, including their brand name and all registered web domains. Anyone fancy chipping in a fiver for burgers-r-us.com…?

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