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Trademark Dilution - What it is, why it matters and how to prevent it!

A cruel ironyIt is the dream of any company for their product to become a household name – a product so popular that it deserves its own place in the English Dictionary, such as to ‘Google’ or to ‘Photoshop’. Yet, whilst these levels of popularity may conjure up images of bank vaults filled to the brim with money, they are in fact synonymous with the death of a brand, and the collapse…

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Pitbull Sued by Oskar for $3million over ‘Timber’ harmonica sample

“Live in hotels, swing on planes. Blessed to say, money ain’t a thing.” Despite these wise poetic words from Pitbull, it would appear money certainly is a thing when you’re faced with a $3million lawsuit.An infringement battle is brewing over Pitbull and Ke$ha’s 2013 hit ‘Timber’, as 3 songwriters, Lee Oskar, Keri Oskar and Greg Errico, are claiming that the harmonica melody is…

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The comic book community thinks it’s time to give Finger a hand

This year sees the 75th anniversary of Batman, and with the recent film franchise grossing approximately $2.5 billion, and a rare Batman comic selling at auction for $1,075,500 in 2010, there certainly seems to be cause for celebration. Yet, recent attention has not been on the well-known creator Bob Kane but his unaccredited partner, the seemingly ‘un-sung hero’ Bill Fingers.Lack…

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The low-down on the emergency data law, and what it means for you

assortment of headlines running from ‘snoopers charter’ to a ‘drama out of a non-existent crisis’. While the ‘privacy versus security’ discussion could be had until the cows come home, it’s important to understand what this new law is, why we have it, and what it means for you.What’s it all about, and why has it happened?Before we go into the legal part, let’s get our facts straight.…

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Learning lessons from Apple – An overview of Apple’s Intellectual Property courtroom battles.

With a value worth around $465 billion and as the most valuable company in the US, there are certainly many ‘lessons’ companies would like to learn from Apple. Yet, whilst the world has seen the rapid growth of Apple products (with a reported 47.8 million iPhones sold in just one quarter of 2013) this growth has not been without its legal battles. In the tech-focused era today,…

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