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).
Tomorrow is the first day of the Chinese New Year. And 2017 is the Year of the Rooster! Nelligan O’Brien Payne’s Intellectual Property Group wishes you and your family health, happiness and prosperity in the year ahead.
When developing a brand that signifies the local character of an artisanal product, it is understandable that business owners try to draw upon the rich geographical heritage of the surrounding region. An Ottawa craft distillery recently found out that many of the iconic signs and symbols that we associate with our surroundings may not be simply free for the taking.
The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) has just announced changes to six industrial design office practices based on various feedback from stakeholders. The changes include the following: