Keep up to date with the latest intellectual property news in our weekly round-up…

 

Microsoft gives 500 patents to startups

Microsoft announced a major expansion of its Azure IP Advantage programme, which provides its Azure users with protection against patent trolls. It also now provides customers with access to 10,000 patents to defend themselves against intellectual property lawsuits.

Cape Verde joins three international intellectual property treaties

Cape Verde is implementing some major changes in its approach to Intellectual Property protection. One of the latest developments is the adherence to three WIPO treaties.

Article 13: Memes exempt as EU backs controversial copyright law

Copyright laws which critics say could change the internet have been voted in by the European Parliament.

Lori Loughlin’s daughter Olivia Jade reportedly had trademark for beauty brand denied over poor punctuation

Olivia Jade Giannulli was told by the US Patent and Trademark Office that her application to trademark “Olivia Jade Beauty” could not be accepted due to poor punctuation. Her mother, Lori Loughlin, is currently under federal investigation after being accused of bribing USC officials to get her daughters into college.

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MEPs accidentally vote wrong way on copyright law

Several MEPs have said they accidentally voted the wrong way on a key amendment of a new European copyright directive, meaning that the most controversial aspects of the law might have been removed had they not erred.

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