Apr 7, 2016
IP Flow Links – “Feyoncé”: Beyoncé Slaps a Lawsuit On It
Apr. 7, 2016 (Mimesis Law) — Hi folks, your IP news update this week:
- Beyoncé has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against knock-off brand “Feyoncé” which sells clothing and other products with featuring that term. Queen Bey claims that the similarity between her brand and “Feyoncé” is causing her irreparable harm; she pointed particularly to a mug which has the phrase “Feyoncé: He put a ring on it” – a clear nod to Beyoncé’s hit single “Single Ladies”.
- A Texas court overturned a $85 million patent infringement judgment against Google. The suit was brought by SimpleAir who claimed that Google’s Cloud Message service infringed upon their patent for “push notifications”.
- Rovi filed a suit against Comcast alleging infringement on 14 of its patents, as the companies failed to reach a licensing deal. Upon announcement of the lawsuit, Rovi’s shares fell 14%.
- David Burchard, illegal drug dealer on dark web marketplaces such as Silk Road, was arrested by police after he attempted to trademark his “brand”. Read our take on it here.
- Deadmau5 filed a trademark infringement suit against West Coast Vape Supply alleging that their brand “Deadmodz” is too similar to his own.
- A NM federal judge has cleared the way for Native American tribe Navajo Nation to pursue their trademark infringement suit against Urban Outfitters for their use and appropriation of the term “Navajo” on their products since 2001.
- Cirque du Soleil is suing Justin Timberlake for copyright infringement claiming that the singer sampled a portion of the company’s song “Steel Dream” in his track “Don’t Hold The Wall” without permission, and is seeking $800,000 in damages.
- EA forced Donald Trump to take down a tweet featuring a parody of the video game Mass Effect claiming it infringed on their copyright. The tweet featured a video parodying the well known Mass Effect but renamed it “Trump Effect”.
- Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, announced it believes the US Copyright Office should introduce statutory damages to discourage fraudulent take down requests.
- Dozens of musicians have come together to urge the US government to revise the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) because tech companies who host illegal content continue to derive huge profits from material that is illegally hosted.
- Advocate General Melchior Wathelet, a lawyer at the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU), issued an opinion stating that linking to pirated material does not in itself constitute copyright infringement. While the opinion is not binding, it usually gives an insight into how the CJEU may rule. The case involved the posting of links to a website of unauthorized copies of photographs.
- A Swedish court ruled against Wikimedia in a copyright infringement suit with the Visual Copyright Society in Sweden. The Society sued Wikimedia for making freely available photographs of artists’ artworks without their consent on their database.
- India’s trademark office announced last week the abandonment of tens of thousands of applications. This caused concern as reports emerged that a large proportion of the files had been abandoned incorrectly. Applicants now have until April 30 to contest the abandonment of their application.