Nov 4, 2015
Mimesis IP Links – Jawbone Files Counterclaim in ‘Frivolous’ Suit Brought By Fitbit
Nov. 4, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — Good morning, here is your IP update for this week:
- Jawbone has filed a counterclaim in a patent infringement case brought by Fitbit. Jawbone denies all infringement allegations, claiming the suit is frivolous and merely an attempt on the part of Fitbit to misuse its patents in order to maintain its market share.
- High end clothes brand Moschino was sued for copyright infringement by street artist Rime for using one of his designs without permission on a dress worn by Katy Perry to the Met Gala. Moschino in response filed a motion based on SLAPP law of California which essentially means that Moschino must convince a judge that the dress is an example of the label’s right to free speech.
- The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) shut down popular pirate streaming sites YTS and Popcorn Time. The MPAA was granted an injunction against three individuals involved with Popcorn Time in Canada and an interim injunction in New Zealand.
- German soccer player Bastian Schweinsteiger is set to take legal action against a Hong Kong company producing Nazi-themed dolls bearing his likeness.
- A Seattle jury found that Amazon is not liable for patent, copyright or trademark infringement when a third-party retailer uses its platform to sell counterfeit goods, in a case involving knockoff pillowcases.
- Jessie Braham filed a copyright infringement suit against Taylor Swift, claiming he copyrighted the phrase “Haters gonna hate” which features prominently in Swift’s song. Braham is seeking $42million from Swift and her label, Sony.
- A US judge denied Rick Ross copyright over the phrase “Everyday I’m Hustlin'” in a dispute with LMFAO over the use of the phrase “Everyday I’m Shufflin'” in songs and merchandise.