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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. Burns like hell: Sazerac files TM infringement suit over Fireball

    US-based distillery Sazerac Brands has filed a trademark infringement and trade dress lawsuit against an alcohol manufacturer. The alcohol business said trade dress and trademarks for its Fireball brand of whisky had been infringed and diluted by Caribbean Distillers.

    February 20, 2017 ● World Intellectual Property Review

  2. ISP to Pay $8.4 Million for Copyright Infringement

    Cox Communications, a cable and internet company in Virginia, has been ordered to pay $8.4 million in legal fees to BMG Rights Management for copyright infringement. The record company sued Cox for copyright infringement because the ISP’s customers were sharing pirated content. 

    February 16, 2017 ● A Journal Of Musical Things

  3. Sony files patent for Vive-style PSVR tracking device

    Sony is experimenting with its own Vive-style VR tracking device, according to a patent filing from June. The document hints at a tracker working similarly to HTC's current virtual realityy tech. Functioning as an external projector, the device would use lights and mirrors to map the player's real world movements straight into PSVR.

    February 15, 2017 ● engadget

  4. Google to cough up $20m after Chrome rips off anti-malware patents

    Google has been ordered to pay $20m damages after its Chrome browser was found to have infringed four anti-malware patents.

    February 13, 2017 ● The Register

  5. Beyoncé tangled up in $20m copyright claim

    Pop star Beyoncé is tangled up in a $20 million copyright claim centring on a sampling in her song and video “Formation”.

    February 09, 2017 ● World Intellectual Property Review

  6. Adidas is Attempting to Block Tesla from Registering its Own 3-Stripe Trademark

    Adidas has initiated a trademark opposition with automaker Tesla. The German sportswear giant initiated an opposition proceeding with the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeals Board to block the automaker from federally registering the logo for its Model 3 sedan. 

    February 08, 2017 ● The Fashion Law

  7. Kylie Minogue defeats Kylie Jenner’s attempt to trademark their shared name

    It’s a legal battle that has been intense since April 2014, when Kylie Jenner applied to trademark the single name “Kylie”.

    February 05, 2017 ● The Telegraph

  8. Monster Energy files TM infringement suit

    US-based energy drink manufacturer Monster Energy has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against two businesses based in the country.

    February 01, 2017 ● World Intellectual Property Review

  9. Judge rejects McAfee injunction against Intel

    Antivirus software pioneer John McAfee saw his plea for an injunction against Intel fail when a US federal judge rejected the request. McAfee requested the injunction in December last year during an ongoing trademark battle between him and the technology company.

    January 30, 2017 ● World Intellectual Property Review

  10. Forever 21 Files Copyright Infringement Suit, Accuses Other Retailers of Copying

    Forever 21 has filed suit, accusing multiple other retailers of copying its designs. The design at argument is a pair of ‘Ikat’ printed harem, which were ‘designed by Forever 21 in-house’ and the pattern for which has been protected by a federal copyright registration since 2013.

    January 26, 2017 ● The Fashion Law

  11. Tesco faces fresh lawsuit over past accounting irregularities

    Tesco is facing new legal action over historical accounting irregularities. The British supermarket prepares to defend a separate lawsuit filed by investors who say they lost £100m in the scandal.

    January 24, 2017 ● Financial Times

  12. Sir Paul McCartney sues Sony/ATV to reclaim copyrights to Beatles music

    Former Beatle Paul McCartney has litigated Sony's music publishing arm to regain ownership of many of the songs he wrote with fellow Beatle John Lennon including ‘Love Me Do’ and ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’.

    January 19, 2017 ● ABC News

  13. Heineken faces website patent infringement claims

    Texas-based company Guyzar has sued Heineken for patent infringement centring on the brewing company’s website.

    January 18, 2017 ● World Intellectual Property Review

  14. Estate of Marilyn Monroe sues intimate apparel company for trademark infringement

    On November 9, 2016, Estate of Marilyn Monroe filed a lawsuit against defendant Fashion Central in the Southern District Court of New York for trademark infringement. The Estate of Marilyn Monroe is a brand development and licensing company that owns various trademark rights relating to the deceased, iconic celebrity, Marilyn Monroe. 

    January 16, 2017 ● IPWatchdog

  15. Australia’s Treasury Wine in China trademark victory

    One of Australia’s oldest wine brands, Treasury Wine Estates, has won a victory against ‘Trademark Squatters’ in China after a court revoked a mark registered using the Chinese name of its premium Penfolds brand. 

    January 13, 2017 ● Financial Times