DC Comics and pop star Rihanna
are squaring off in a battle over an application for a trade
mark for the word "Robyn",
according to The Independent.
The singer’s full
name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty. Her company Roraj Trade filed an
application for a trade mark on the name in 2014, with the aim
of using it for a fashion and cosmetics franchise.
However, DC Comics objects to
the application, saying that it is too similar to
Batman’s sidekick Robin. It says the name Robyn is
"identical and/or highly related" to its Robin and "is likely
to cause confusion, cause mistake, or to deceive the public"
into thinking there is a connection between the two.
Lycos patent portfolio up for sale
some that it still existed, internet search pioneer Lycos
has put its patent portfolio up for sale. Lycos has decided to
sell some of its technologies in advance of launching a suite
of hard good products in the coming weeks.
The company is best known
for its search engine pioneered concepts and technology. "Lycos
products are still relevant and utilised by industries like
online advertising, ad keywords, SEO, robust databases and even
online multi-player gaming," the company
said in a press release.
Stayko Staykov of The
Propeller(y) said in the release: "Some of the assets have
forwards citations in the hundreds and all describe
technologies that are critically relevant for the online and
mobile industries, while having applications in emerging fields
such as Internet of Things."
Lycos was sold for $12.5 billion
in 2000, and was bought by Ybrandt Digital or $36 million in
2010. It previously sold eight patents to I/P Engine in
Envision IP examined the US
patent portfolio now owned by Lycos, and identified 22 in-force
US patents and one expired US patent. The in-force patents have
an average remaining term of about eight years.
"None of the current Lycos-owned
patents have been asserted in district court litigation, nor do
any of them have a history of post-grant proceeding at the
PTAB, such as a re-examination, post-grant review, or inter
said Envision IP in a blog post. "The company appears to
have continued to seek patent protection on its proprietary
technology over the years, with its most recent issued patent
granted last month on April 21 2015. Many of the Lycos patents
are in US classes 707, 709, 715, and 726, which relate to data
processing, information security, and data transfer methods and
like a Rockstar
The maker of Grand Theft Auto is
suing the BBC to ensure its "trade marks are not misused" in a
film called Game Changer.
The drama features Daniel
Radcliffe as Sam Houser, co-founder of Rockstar Games, and
centres on the clash between Rockstar and US lawyer Jack
Thompson, who tried to stop the violent games being played by
children because he thought there was a link between violent
video games and violent crimes.
told the IGN website it has had no involvement with this
"Our goal is to ensure that our trade marks are not misused
in the BBC's pursuit of an unofficial depiction of purported
events related to Rockstar Games. We have attempted multiple
times to resolve this matter with the BBC without any
meaningful resolution. It is our obligation to protect our
intellectual property and unfortunately in this case litigation
Is Happy Birthday to you still covered by copyright?
A district court judge has enquired whether the
schoolteacher credited with writing the tune to Happy Birthday
to You had abandoned the copyright to the lyrics,
according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Warner/Chappell say that Patty
Smith Hill and her sister Mildred composed the first version of
the tune in 1889, and that is was then called "Good Morning to
All". Details are sketchy about what happened after that. The
sisters sold their interest to Clayton Summy, who later
registered copyrights for the melody in 1893, for lyrics
appearing in a songbook in 1924 and for a piano arrangement in
The plaintiffs in a class action
lawsuit claim the melody has been in the public domain for more
than 65 years and that no one knows who wrote the Happy
Birthday lyrics. The plaintiffs say the public has sung the
familiar lyrics since the early 1900s so the song had become a
Warner/Chappell counter that the
fact that others sung the lyrics to Happy Birthday to You
before the 1935 registration does not displace the copyright
that Warner/Chappell now owns.
"So long as the Hill Sisters had
not copied the lyrics from someone else the work remains
original to them, and thus fully eligible for copyright
protection," Warner/Chappell said.
Judge George King wants to hear
more details on the abandonment issue, saying "the Parties
would do well to bear in mind the analytical distinction
between abandonment and loss of a copyright due to the failure
to follow statutory formalities."
renews action against Alibaba
Kering, which owns Gucci, Yves
Saint Laurent, Puma and other brands, has sued Chinese online
marketplace Alibaba, claiming it allows US shoppers to order
counterfeit goods in bulk from its various websites, reports the
The company originally sued
Alibaba last July but then agreed to discuss possible
anti-counterfeiting measures with Alibaba. These talks have
broken down and Kering has filed a new complaint.
Kering claims: "These
specifically identifiable counterfeit products could not be
sold without their assistance, but instead of shutting down the
counterfeiters, the Alibaba defendants seek to profit from the
counterfeiters' blatant violations."
Alibaba said in a statement: "We
continue to work in partnership with numerous brands to help
them protect their intellectual property, and we have a strong
track record of doing so."
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