US Law Enforcement Preparing Trade Theft Case Against Chinese Tech Giant Huawei

Federal prosecutors “are pursuing a criminal investigation” of Chinese tech giant Huawei for allegedly stealing the trade secrets of U.S. firms, with the case in part based on allegations raised in civil lawsuits, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. Read More >>

New Cartoon Aims to Teach 7-Year-Olds About Copyright Infringement

There's a lot of things that kids need to learn, but I'm not sure copyright infringement would rate highly on the list. Some disagree though, as the Intellectual Property Office has come up with a series of short animated videos to teach kids about copyright and trademarking. Read More >>

An Insurance Company Just Trademarked the Name ‘Trumpcare’

Ever since Donald Trump announced his plan to run for president, random people have been filing for all kinds of trademarks that include the Trump name. Some are Trump supporters, while others are Trump resistors, but friend or foe, it’s a land grab for intellectual property rights. As you might expect, there are some tremendous entries out there—like the term Trumpcare. Read More >>

Everyone Involved in This £1.3 Million Grumpy Cat Lawsuit Sucks Except for the Cat

The value of internet celebrity is hard to assess, but a new motion filed by the owners of the animal star known as Grumpy Cat seeks to do just that. In it, the holders of the “GRUMPY CAT” trademark have asked a court to triple a requested $600,000 award (£450k) over alleged copyright infringement of a goddamn cat. Read More >>

Erm…iTunes is Now Illegal in the UK

Well, technically illegal, thanks to the High Court. Under pressure from members of the music industry, it has overturned existing copyright legislation, making the transferring of copyrighted works from one medium to another illegal. That includes ripping CDs to MP3 files, which would make using Apple's iTunes software against the law in the UK, thanks to its CD ripping capabilities. Read More >>

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3D Printed Katy Perry ‘Left Shark’ Cash-In Has Lawyers’ Jaws Snapping

Left Shark, the goofy Jaws-lookalike mascot who overshadowed Katy Perry during her halftime Super Bowl extravaganza by seemingly forgetting his dance moves, is courting controversy for a whole new reason. The "character" is at the centre of a legal battle concerning the creation and distribution of 3D printed blueprints and models. Read More >>

How Prisoners in China Get Out of Jail Early With Patents

China absolutely dominates the rest of the world when it comes to the number of patents it produces, thanks in part to a system of government rewards that encourage inventors with everything from cash to early release from prison. Wait, what? Read More >>

UK’s Copyright Police Intercepts and Replaces Ads on File-Sharing Sites

The IP department of the City of London Police has started running online advertising campaigns, but they're not the usual kind of ads. These run on piracy sites and warn users to think twice before queuing up 17 illegal film downloads before going to bed. Read More >>

Why Ikea Shutting Down its Most Popular Fan Site is a Giant Mistake

If you're like me, you've spent countless hours surfing IkeaHackers, where Ikea fans send in their mods and hacks. You've also probably spent money at Ikea thanks to the site, which has inspired a DIY fervour among its fans. Which is why Ikea shutting down IkeaHackers this weekend over trademark claims is beyond boneheaded. Read More >>

The Right to Record Movies From TV Came 30 Years Ago Yesterday

Today, DRM fears inspire a lot of jokes that reference George Orwell's 1984. But it was in that titular year, three decades ago today, that the US Supreme Court reached a decision that defined and protected the right to record copyrighted material: Sony Corp. of America v. Universal City Studios, Inc., or the Betamax case. Read More >>

Google vs. the Pirates: MPs Lay the Smackdown, But is it Google’s Problem?

Search giant Google has once again found itself at the centre of a row over what UK MPs perceive as the company's softly-softly approach to web pirates. But is the ongoing war on piracy really Google's problem? There's a bit of buck-passing going on here I think, with the real problems being overlooked... Read More >>

Watch Out Pirates, UK Chucking £2.5m at New Anti-Piracy Police Squad

The government is backing a new piracy crime division to the tune of £2.5m, with the rather oppressive-sounding Intellectual Property Crime Unit set to become fully operational by September. Read More >>

Amazon Has a Patent to Sell Used Ebooks

The problem with most ebooks is you can't exactly give them with a friends or pass them onto your children when you're done. But Amazon might actually address that with a new patent to sell used ebooks. Read More >>

Apple’s New Patent Adjusts an iPad’s Display Size Based on How Far Away You Are

If you like to hold your iPad right up by next to your eyeballs because you are basically blind, you might someday have some relief. Apple has a new patent that changes the size of the display based on the distance of your face from the screen. Read More >>