European Parliament demands ACTA transparency
The European Parliament has voted by an overwhelming majority to adopt a resolution demanding greater transparency in negotiations over the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.
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New York wrests control of ‘Tavern on the Green’ name UNITED STATES New York City has won the right to the name of the Tavern on the Green restaurant after a judge ruled that its former owner falsely trademarked the moniker in 1981. The..
Pubs in line for £20m refund following copyright ruling
Pubs, restaurants and hotels in England could share £20m in refunds after the High Court upheld a complaint from the British Beer and Pub Association and the British Retail Consortium which said they had being paying too much to play recorded music.
Cross-party approval rushes through Digital Economy Act
The UK Parliament has passed the controversial Digital Economy Act, after opposition Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs agreed not to vote against it.
French anti-piracy law fails to stem piracy
France’s strict new anti-piracy laws have failed to stem the rise of online copyright infringement, according to a recent study.
Google accuses Viacom of secret YouTube uploads
The drama continues to unfold in the billion-dollar copyright suit between Google’s YouTube and Viacom, with YouTube accusing Viacom executives of secretively uploading to the video-sharing site while publicly complaining about copyright infringement.
Trademark dispute sinks Cipriani restaurant
The Cipriani London restaurant, favourite eatery of celebrities such as Elton John and Naomi Campbell, has filed for administration after losing a costly trademark battle.
Google AdWords: Did Google really win?
Dr Alexander von Mühlendahl, JD, LLM, attorney-at-law/Rechtsanwalt, Bardehle Pagenberg, Munich, Germany
PepsiCo loses its Community design for ‘rappers’ in the first design case decided by the General Court of the European Union
Dr Alexander von Mühlendahl
Advocate general advises against Monsanto in DNA case
US biotech firm Monsanto cannot use its European patent on the DNA sequence of its Roundup Ready soybean seeds to block Argentinean imports of processed soybean meal into the EU, according the European Court of Justice advocate general.
EPO elects president fourth time round
After three failed attempts, the Administrative Council of the European Patent Office has elected Benoît Battistelli to become its next president.