Keep up to date and in the know on all things intellectual property related with our weekly round up of the most interesting and eye catching stories and developments…

 

Jay-Z cites racial discrimination in trademark infringement case

The hip hop star, who is currently involved in a trademark case with the brand management company who bought the Rocawear label in 2007, has brought a new development to the case in calling a halt to court proceeding as he alleges the American Arbitration Association lacks diversity.

Gucci, Forever 21 settle battle over stripes

Following the fast fashion chain’s filing of a trademark lawsuit against the luxury Italian brand in 2017 for claims that Gucci had threatened to Forever 21 for use of their registered trademarks, the two have now managed to settle their dispute after a California court deemed the stripe designs too generic to trademark.

Leicester City score win against Leeds in trademark dispute, but misfires in bad faith claim

The Premier League champions have successfully won their trademark opposition against the lower league, non-professional side Leeds City FC’s use of ‘LCFC’ in their newly designed badge. However, Leicester City lost their bad faith claim that the lower side had deliberately cashed in on Leicester’s recent success.

Infringing ‘pornhob’ domain transferred to Pornhub owner

Licensing IP International, who own registered trademarks for porn sharing website Pornhub, have had a domain that infringed their trademark transferred back to them. The firm claimed that there was ‘no way’ that pornhob.com could never have heard of them…

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A lawsuit by rapper Big Freedia raises the question again: can dance be copyrighted?

The New Orleans rapper has filed a lawsuit against her former choreographer, throwing out claims that she should continue to pay him for using dances that he worked on.

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