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“Let Me Be Frank”: Kevin Spacey gambles with infringement

It’s not just bizarre, Kevin Spacey’s Christmas video where he appears ‘in character’ as House of Cards’ Frank Underwood may also infringe intellectual property rights if it was created without the blessing of Netflix.

McDonald’s loses Big Mac trademark after legal battle with Irish chain

Galway-based fast-food chain Supermac have persuaded the European Union Intellectual Property Office to cancel the Golden Arches’ use of a “Big Mac” trademark. As well as being a victory for small business, the move will allow the Irish chain to expand across Europe.

Netflix’s ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ leads to “Choose Your Own Adventure” trademark lawsuit

The children’s book publisher, Chooseco LLC, have filed a lawsuit against Netflix following an immersive episode of ‘Black Mirror’ which heavily used the phrase “Choose Your Own Adventure” both on screen and in connection with the episode in general.

Costco to pay Tiffany & Co. $25 Million for infringement of rings

The bulk retailor has been ordered by a U.S court to pay the luxury jewellery brand after selling unauthorized branded Tiffany diamond engagement rings, despite Costco’s claims that “Tiffany” referred to the generic setting for the ring.

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