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20 June 2019

IP Flow Links – Hit Show ‘Empire’ Slammed With $1.5B Copyright Infringement Suit

Mar. 9, 2016 (Mimesis Law) — Hi folks, your IP news update this week:

  • The producers of hit show ‘Empire’ and Fox have been slammed with a $1.5 billion copyright infringement suit brought by Timothy J Levi. Levi claims the show is heavily based on his book “Unity Incorporated: The Mastermind,” which was published in 2007 and alleges that the manuscript was circulated to the producers of ‘Empire’ some time before the show premiered in 2015.
  • Donald Trump threatened to sue electro-group FIGHT CLVB for the use of his name and likeness in their song and video. Read our take on it here.
  • Led Zeppelin are being sued by the Randy Craig Wolfe Trust claiming that the band plagiarized portions of songs including “Stairway To Heaven”. Led Zeppelin have moved for summary judgment.
  • Samantha Goldberg, a Manhattan-based teddy bear designer, has brought a copyright infringement lawsuit against Ralph Lauren Corp alleging the company copied her designs.
  • PK Music Performance is suing Justin Timberlake and Will.i.am for allegedly infringing on their copyright with JT’s song “Damn Girl” on his 2006 “FutureSex/LoveSounds” album. PK Music Performance state that the song is too similar to the disco track “A New Day Is Here At Last,” originally copyrighted in 1969 by Perry Kibble and performed by J.C. Davis, and to which PK now own the rights to.
  • Fitbit filed a counterclaim to the suit brought by Valencell in January alleging that the wearables company infringed on its patents with respect to Fitbit’s development of the Charge HR and Surge devices. In its counterclaim, Fitbit denies infringement and accuses Valencell of duplicating Fitbit technology for its sensors.
  • A jury in California is set to decide on the validity of Merck’s patents after a judge had previously found that Gilead had infringed on its patents for drugs Sovaldi and Harvoni.
  • IBM filed a patent infringement suit against Groupon claiming the tech company infringed on four of its patents. Two of the patents relate to an online service developed by IBM in the late 80s, Prodigy, a precursor to the internet.
  • Jeweler Jordann Weingartner, creator of the Magnolia Collection, is suing Reese Witherspoon’s fashion company for copyright infringement claiming it is using a near identical flower-shaped logo.
  • Adidas has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Athletic Propulsion Labs for selling footwear that bears bearing confusingly similar imitations of Adidas’s Three-Stripe Mark. In the lawsuit, Adidas is also alleging unfair competition, trademark dilution and deceptive trade practices.
  • “House of Cards” production company MRC is being sued for trademark infringement by D2 Holdings who claims it has rights to the names and is taking issues with a line of branded slot machines set to be unveiled later this year.
  • A UK Court held that the TV show “Glee” infringed upon the trademark of local comedy and music club of the same name owned by Comedy Enterprises.

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