Posted: Author: Laura Trapnell

The IPO or not the IPO that is the question

We are pleased to hear that the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has launched legal action against a number of different individuals and organisations passing themselves off as the IPO (or connected with it). These organisations have been issuing official looking ‘renewal’ notices to holders of UK registered patents, designs and trade marks offering to renew… Read more »

Posted: Author: Laura Trapnell

Noriega in Black Ops II in court

Manuel Noriega, the former dictator of Panama, has taken proceedings in Los Angeles against the gaming company responsible for Call of Duty: Black Ops II. The game, released in 2012, features (so I am told, I cannot confess to playing it or having any other interest in it at all) a character bearing Noriega’s name and… Read more »

Posted: Author: Laura Trapnell

Kate Bush’s “no phones please” request

There is a legal copyright issue behind Kate Bush’s request for no phones or tablets — she is essentially trying to prevent copyright infringement of her work via unauthorised dissemination of images (photos) or music (video clips) through social media. Her music and the performance on stage is protected by copyright (under the Copyright Designs… Read more »