EPO sees record number of applications
In Europe, the EPO
revealed this week that it received more patent
applications last year than ever before. More than 265,000
applications passed its examiners’ desks, a 2.8%
rise on 2012. Of these, just over one-third originated from the
EPO’s 38 member states, almost one-quarter came
from the US and one-fifth came from Japan. Applications from
China and Korea made up the bulk of the rest, and are growing
sharply: applications from these two countries rose by more
than 15% last year.
The EPO granted 66,700 patents last year, an increase
of 1.7% on the previous year.
Cronut name gets trade mark
The Cronut – the half-croissant,
half-doughnut hybrid – this week
received a trade mark from the USPTO.
The Cronut is the creation of New York-based chef Dominique
Ansel, who unveiled it last May. It has since attained a cult
following among New York locals, who wait for hours to get
their hands on some.
Ansel’s bakery previously said it decided to
trade mark the name "as a protective measure against the type
of bullying that is taking place now" and alluded to "malicious
attacks against our chef". A number of similarly named baked
goods have appeared since its launch.
The bakery applied for the trade mark in May last year, and
this week Cronut appeared on
a USPTO registration certificate.
Marvin Gaye’s estate in Blurred Lines
A copyright dispute over one of the biggest hits of last summer
was settled this week when Marvin Gaye’s
estate and Sony/ATV reached an agreement. A Los Angeles judge
granted dismissal of legal action brought by
Gaye’s estate, which claimed Robin
Lines had similarities to Gaye’s Got To Give
It Up. The terms of the settlement were not revealed.
That is not the end of the matter, however. The case will
now specifically include Thicke and publishing company EMI
April, owned by Sony. EMI manages the copyrights on both
Last year Thicke and co-writers Pharrell Williams and TI
preemptively sued Gaye’s estate claiming their
song is "starkly different’ from
Gaye’s and seeking declaratory relief.
Gaye’s estate counter-sued, claiming EMI had not
protected Gaye’s music.
Blur bassist applies for Britpop trade mark
Two decade on from Britpop being coined as a term to describe a
new wave of music bands in the UK, a member of one of the
movements biggest groups is looking to trade mark the term.
Alex James, bass player with Blur, has
applied with the UK IPO for the trade mark. The application
is for alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. James was legendary
his boozing and drug intake at the height of
Blur’s popularity. He now lives on a farm in
Oxfordshire and runs a cheese business. He already owns a
number of trade marks for his cheeses including Little Wallop,
Figgy Pudding and Goddess.
Largest LA counterfeiting judgement secured
The Los Angeles city attorney’s office had a big
win this week against a downtown merchant who had committed
1,586 trade mark violations since at least 2009. The
$3.9 million judgement and permanent injunction was the
largest the city has secured in a counterfeiting case.
Maria Luisa Sanchez was fined $2,500 for each of the
counterfeit items she had sold or had for sale, including
clothing, jewellery and handbags.
"This judgment is
testament to how seriously our Office and the Courts view
counterfeiting," said Los Angeles City Attorney