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Copyright

The Kluwer Copyright blog has a couple of posts this week. First up, a look at the case ofJohnson v. New Destiny Christian Center Church, Inc., USA in which the operator of a YouTube channel criticizing the pastor of a church was not entitled to punitive damages in a malicious prosecution case when the church relied on counsel in initiating a copyright infringement suit. Secondly, there was a summary of the aftermath of the verdict in C-166/15 Ranks (Microsoft).

Designs

IPTango has an interesting post on the objection raised by the Guna people against a limited edition Nike design that incorporated traditional ‘mola’ patterns. The shoes were to be a tribute to Puerto Rico but the Guna people, the second largest indigenous community in Panama, objected to the design.


This Kat approves of the design of these shoes, at least for use as a pillow
Patents

Kluwer Patent Blog has posted on a change in French law. The law change relates the French National Assembly definitively adopting the PACTE bill and the post looks at its impact on industrial property.

EPLaw has a summary of the NL case between Mobile Sanitary Solutions B.V. v. TWT Verhuur B.V at the court of Appeal in The Hague. There is also a look at the Opinion in TATA STEEL IJMUIDEN V. ARCELORMITTAL before the Dutch Supreme Court.

PATENTLYO provides a summary of Dodocase Vr, Inc. v. Merchsource, LLC (Fed. Cir. 2019), in particular whether a right to file an IPR petition can be contractually waived and if so, how? There is also a review of the Federal Circuit’s dismissal of AXV’s appeal in AVX Corp. v. Presidio Components, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2019) where it was held that the patent challenger lacked standing to appeal after losing on the merits in the Inter Partes Review (IPR).

Trademarks

Marques 46 has posted about the amendments to China’s trademark law which has recently passed and will come into effect on 1 November 2019.

General

IP Draughts has a somewhat light-hearted look at which UK Prime Minister they would want negotiating an IP agreement, with their own proposal of Margaret Thatcher.

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