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IP Review is a monthly round-up of what's going on in the world of IP, reporting on news regarding trademarks, patents, copyright, design rights and other forms of intellectual property from publications the world over.

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  1. Bentley Loses Trademark Battle Against Same-Named Clothing Company

    A trademark proceeding filed by the British luxury automaker (“Bentley Motors”) in 2015 against Manchester-based ‘Bentley clothing’. According to Bentley Motors trademark opposition, which was filed in September 2015, the goods asserted within Bentley Clothing’s trademark application were “confusingly similar” to an array of goods in which it maintained trademark rights at the time.

    March 23, 2017 ● The Fashion Law

  2. Apple Wins Patent for Sports Oriented AirPods with Biometrics & Noise Cancellation Features

    The US Patent & Trademark Office published a series of three patent applications all titled "Earbuds with Biometric Sensing." In Apple's patent filing they note that at least one of the biometric sensors within the earbud is configured to be pressed up against a portion of the ear known as the tragus that will allow the collection of biometric measurements.

    March 21, 2017 ● Patently Apple

  3. Invensas Wins German Patent Infringement Cases Against Broadcom

    Invensas Corporation announced they prevailed in two German patent infringement actions against Broadcom Ltd. 

    March 20, 2017 ● Business Wire

  4. Dentons takes Olswang team to launch UK patents practice

    Dentons is set to launch a UK patent prosecution and opposition practice with the hire of a team leaving Olswang ahead of its merger with CMS and Nabarro.

    March 16, 2017 ● Legal Week

  5. Sonos vs. Denon patent case will finally go to court

    The lawsuit began in 2014 when Sonos accused Denon of "merely copying its system" citing similarities including the lineup and naming system. A US court ruled against D&M Holdings, which had tried to get a number of patents in the case removed, and set a court date for October 2017. 

    March 15, 2017 ● Cnet

  6. Oxford Performance Materials granted patent for 3D printing customised bone implant method

    Advanced materials science specialist, Oxford Performance Materials (OPM) has announced it has been granted a patent from the European Patent Office (EPO) for its invention on a 'Customised Implant for Bone Replacement'.

    March 13, 2017 ● TCT Magazine

  7. Songwriters petition as streaming royalties are being set by the copyright board

    America’s Copyright Royalty Board are currently setting the standard streaming royalty rates for the next 5 years with songwriters and labels fighting services for an increase.

    March 09, 2017 ● Routenote

  8. Trump trademarks approved by China

    China has given US President Donald Trump the chance to expand his brand, after approving dozens of applications to register the Trump trademark.

    March 08, 2017 ● BBC News

  9. Sprint sprints off with $140m from Time Warner after VoIP patent battle

    Sprint has been awarded $139.8m in damages after a jury found that Time Warner Cable infringed on five of its patents related to voice-over-IP calling systems.

    March 06, 2017 ● The Register

  10. Forever 21 nails down spa in trademark suit

    Fashion retailer Forever 21 has sued a US-based nail spa for trademark infringement.

    March 02, 2017 ● World Intellectual Property Review

  11. Big Ten Conference Blasts B10XB Brand For Trademark Infringement

    The Big Ten Conference has filed a lawsuit against the company behind B10xB and its principal shareholder Cesar L. Rodriguez. It claims that the B10xB trademark, used as a domain name and in connection with merchandise, is infringing on The Big Ten Conference's trademarks and diluting The Big Ten Conference's brand.

    March 01, 2017 ● Forbes

  12. Patent owner infographic shows contrast between Apple, Google inventor's cultures

    A series of graphics generated by link text data analytics firm Periscopic, commissioned by Co.Design, has charted the last decade of patent filings by the pair of companies. Every patent filer has a single dot, which grows in correspondence with how many filings they have. A line links co-inventors of any given patent.

    February 28, 2017 ● appleinsider

  13. Disney sued by three brothers in wristband clash

    Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide and Disney Online have been sued by three US-based brothers over wristbands. The suit concerns US patent number 6,490,443, called “Communication and proximity authorisation systems”, which Disney is alleged to have infringed through the MagicBand.

    February 27, 2017 ● World Intellectual Property Review

  14. Nintendo sues go-kart service for copyright infringement

    A real life Mario Kart-themed attraction is facing legal action from Japanese video-game company Nintendo for alleged copyright obstructions. Tokyo-based company MariCar, as per the Japanese Times, has been accused of blatantly ripping ideas from one of Nintendo’s blockbuster game titles, “Mario Kart.”

    February 27, 2017 ● The Inquirer

  15. Google's Waymo sues Uber for reportedly stealing trade secrets and patent infringement

    Alphabet's autonomous vehicle company, Waymo - formerly Google's self-driving car division - is suing Uber and its subsidiary Otto, for allegedly stealing trade secrets and infringing patents.

    February 24, 2017 ● Wired