Topshop trade mark
Clothing retailer Topshop’s plans to expand
into Australia may be
delayed due to trade mark issues, reports WA Today. A
woman’s boutique has been doing business in Perth
as Topshop Fashions for nearly 40 years, and its owner Robyn
Swayn has initiated opposition proceedings against her much
larger competitor for the name. Topshop’s parent
company Arcadia Group has reportedly made an offer of a few
thousand dollars to buy the mark, but Swayn said the amount is
Despite her holdout, Swayn sounds resigned to eventually
dropping her opposition. She explained that all she wants is
enough money for new signs and advertising to notify her
customers of the change, and a "little bit toward the goodwill
that I paid for, to recoup some of my costs".
"I don't want to stop them coming here because I know most
of the women in Perth would hunt me down and stone me," she
Is there a design patent on your ear?
Ars Technica reports that
scientists from Princeton and Johns Hopkins have created a
living human ear using among other things a 3D printer. In
addition to the printed sections, the ear has grown cartilage
and implanted electronics to pick up the actual sound wave. At
this time, the ear must be hooked to an audio processing device
such as a computer.
The ear is not yet ready for mass use and given that
additional manufacturing steps are needed, won’t
raise the same IP concerns brought about by other uses of 3D
printing. However, as the technology advances, patent rights or
even design rights may be implicated when companies start
designing aesthetically forward thinking ears to replace the
plain ones that we were born with.
Digital music licensing in Nigeria
The Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) and the Nigerian
Music Industry Coalition are hosting the country’s
Digital Music Licensing Summit in Ikeja next Monday. Its
objective is Working Together to Maximise Legal Digital Music
Exploitation Gains in Nigeria and it will bring together
sellers and buyers of digital music. Nigeria has a large and
diverse music industry, and its movie industry (known as
Nollywood) is the second largest in the world.
Who is your unsung hero?
IPEG blog, Severin de Wit takes various publications
(including Managing IP) to task over our fondness for
rankings, highlighting our recent list of the
50 most influential people in IP. He also notes that such
lists neglect the unsung heroes – "the IP attorney in
Belgium defending a trademark case successfully before a
Belgian court ... the member of parliament in Lithuania who
spoke knowledgably about IP and made a difference in
Lithuania’s IP laws". That gave us an idea for a
new ranking – the IP unsung heroes. We’ve
started a debate on
Facebook where you can nominate someone who has made a
difference in the past year. Please tell us their name, and
explain in up to 100 words why you chose them. As always,
please don’t nominate yourself.