Today, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision on the “Facebook case”, Douez v. Facebook, Inc.. The case was brought by Deborah Douez, a resident of British Columbia. She objected to her name and photos being used in “Sponsored Stories” (one of Facebook’s advertising products), in contravention of section 3(2) of British Columbia’s Privacy Act, and sought to file a class action against Facebook.
Shock-rock icon Gene Simmons, celebrity entrepreneur and vocalist/bassist with the group KISS, has recently applied for a US trademark based on the famous “Sign of the Horns” hand gesture. The application is directed to services in the nature of “live musical performances”, and Simmons claims trademark rights back to November 1974.
The latest fad to hit the market are fidgets-spinners, hand-held spinning devices that have become hugely popular with school kids over the last few months. Naturally, when a gadget like this appears to come out of nowhere, people often wonder who invented it.
In a more caffeinated retelling of the David and Goliath story, Seattle-based coffee giant Starbucks Corp. is being sued in US court by a small Brooklyn coffee shop, for allegedly appropriating the name “Unicorn Frappuccino” for use in connection with its colourful and limited-edition drink.
Can something I have created be copyrighted so that not even I can reproduce it? How much control do I have over my licenced and copyrighted material? The worlds of celebrity and IP rights collided in a similar manner this week as television personality Khloe Kardashian was reportedly sued in California Court for posting an image to her Instagram account that had been previously licensed to the UK’s The Daily Mail tabloid.
In the world of popular music, who should get the credit for melodies, lyrics and rhythms that may have been “inspired” (either intentionally or not) by the body of work that predated this latest hit song?
Members of Nelligan O’Brien Payne’s Business Law and Intellectual Property groups will be attending the 2017 Fundica Roadshow in Ottawa on March 24 2017.
Members of Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP’s Intellectual Property Group are looking forward to attending the 139th Annual INTA Meeting in beautiful Barcelona, Spain.
As reported by many news outlets, including the CBC, a recent decision in the US concerning ownership of gene-editing technology will be of great interest to IP professionals. In The Broad Institute Inc v. Regents of the University of California, the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) confirmed that the Broad Institute is the rightful owner of the patents.
We wish Happy Setsubun to all our Japanese friends and family! February 3rd was Setsubun festival in Japan, celebrated a day before the start of Spring (in the Japanese lunar calendar).