Keep up to date with the week’s most interesting, eye-catching and thought-provoking news from the intellectual property profession…

 

Rihanna suing father over Fenty trademark

The popstar, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, has filed a lawsuit against her father amid claims that the name of his entertainment company infringes on her existing “Fenty” trademark. Rihanna also claims that this is an attempt on her father’s part to profit from the success of her Fenty make up line, which launched in 2012.

Google asks U.S Supreme Court to end Oracle copyright case

Following a case that has been ongoing since 2010, the tech giant has urged the U.S high court to reverse a March 2018 ruling on a billion-dollar copyright case brought forward by Oracle Corp and concerning the two systems’ programming language.

Nintendo eye-tracking patent hints at 3D gaming on the Switch

A patent application published by the United States Patent and Trademark office earlier this month (January 2019) has revealed that the gaming company and manufacturer are looking to develop eye-tracking technology. Could this be to further enable their moves into 3D gaming in the future?

Apple’s new gas detection patent hints at an apocalypse-ready iPhone

Worried about the end of the world as we know it? Don’t worry, soon there might be an app for that. Or, at the very least, a mobile device that will be able to detect poisonous gases, if a new patent filed by Apple is to be believed correctly.

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