Intellectual property news and updates

Not such a Happy Birthday for Warner–Chappell

Warner–Chappell claim ownership of copyright in the lyrics for the famous song Happy Birthday to You and have made a lucrative business in licensing its use in commercial enterprises such as films, stage productions, television shows, restaurants and greeting cards. That business has been estimated to be worth in the region of £1.3 million…

Apple protect their latest innovation right on time

In August 2014 Apple filed a design patent application in order to protect the basic appearance of the Apple Watch. This application has now been accepted by the United States Patent and Trade Mark office. This particular patent seeks to protect the overall look of the Apple Watch. Apple received a similar design patent for its iPad and iPhone…

Google wants to buy your patents (maybe)

A few days ago, Google announced its Patent Purchase Promotion. As part of the ‘experiment’, the tech giant is inviting patent owners to offer their patents for sale to Google at a fixed price. From May 8, 2015 through May 22, 2015, we’ll open a streamlined portal for patent holders to tell Google about patents they’re willing to sell…

Technology giants battle over patent license payments

Swedish telecom equipment maker, Ericsson, has been engaged in a battle over patent license payments with US technology giant, Apple, in the United States. This battle has now found its way into Europe with Ericsson claiming that, "Apple continues to profit from Ericsson's technology without having a valid license in place." Ericsson…


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