Billionaire Richard Branson and Copyright – International Intellectual Property Law – Case Study #8

A copyright is a right to prevent others from using your originally authored work. To protect their creative ingenuity, as well as to ensure that they are the only ones who can make use of and profit from their material, authors of artistic or intellectual works have their material copyrighted. Those who have copyrighted material have many exclusive rights, such as the right to reproduce the work, distribute copies to the public for sale, and perform the work. Since anything you create can be copyrighted, copyrights can protect endless types of creative work. Some examples are recorded music, books, software codes, video games, paintings, plays, or sculptures.

What You Need to Know About Tariffs and International Trade

By Eliana Rocchi | amdlawgroup.com
Tariffs have been a touchy issue in global economics for hundreds of years. Simply, tariffs are taxes on imported goods. If the United States taxed coffee beans coming in from Colombia, that tax would be a tariff. They are mainly a device to protect domestic industries so as to encourage companies to purchase goods between each other, helping the national economy grow without giving any business to foreign enterprises.

Norwegian Men’s Underwear Company Trademark Too “Vulgar”?

The brand under investigation “Comfyballs”, established in Scandinavia in 2013 has been since expanding in Australia, New Zealand and UK. “Comfyballs” uses a design called PackageFront, which is supposed to reduce heat transfer and enable freer movements. The Norwegian brand was planning to release its product onto the US market this year but the USPTO has denied the company’s application to register the trademark in the US judging the name “vulgar”.

People must LIKE to sue Facebook

For the umpteenth time, Facebook is facing copyright infringement charges this week. After a Dutch family realized Facebook had very similar features to the invention made by their deceased kin, a lawsuit was issued. A Dutch programmer by the name of Jos Van Der Meer made a program that was much like a “social diary” and linked content from third party sites. He was also granted a patent for this feature in 1998, long before Facebook was even thought about. Facebook’s “like” button has this same feature allowing users to like different companies and/or products in the advertising bar on the side of the site.

Apple doesn’t make the same mistake twice (Kathleen Melhorn, Staff Writer)

Instead of facing infringement charges or risking winding up in court again, Apple filed seven trademarks this week. The patents Apple filed would protect the application icons in the new iPod Nano device coming out soon. A website called “Patently Apple” which focuses solely around Apple’s inventions, breaks down the entire file for the trademarks. Viewers are able to see all details down to the colors that they would like to own for the application icons.

McDonald’s Brings a Super Sized Objection to Supermac’s Trademark Registration Attempts

McDonald’s Brings a Super Sized Objection to Supermac’s Trademark Registration Attempts

Contrary to popular belief, it is not always the big companies that win intellectual property lawsuits. Even with excessive amounts of money at their disposal and employees to rigorously seek out potential infringement on their behalf, the big chains of the world sometimes lose to the little guy. In fact, this is exactly what happened in a fairly recent case in which McDonald’s sued McCurry, a restaurant in Malaysia that serves Indian food, and seems to be the direction a more recent case is headed in which McDonald’s is suing Supermac’s.

Kuwait Under Fire Over Copyright issues

Kuwait is now subject to heightened scrutiny from the US Trade Representative as the country failed to implement better standards to improve its intellectual property regulation. The United States on Monday raised Kuwait higher on the list of countries to watch regarding potential breach of US trademark, copyright and intellectual property rights.

A War Over Speakers

Originally posted 2013-03-18 18:31:37. By Tasha Schmidt | amdlawgroup.com THX Ltd., a company founded by the producer of “Star Wars,” George Lucas is suing Apple for patent infringement. The company claims that Apple stole their speaker system. This speaker system is currently being used in iPhones, iPads, and iMac Apple products. According to a complaint […]