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Video Game Maker Sparks Outrage With Trademark of ‘Cyberpunk’

Video game fans have been anticipating the latest franchise from CD Projekt Red, Cyberpunk 2077, for years. But only recently did it come to light that the makers of The Witcher franchise had trademarked the term “Cyberpunk” and this week some fans cried foul. Now, the developer is insisting that everything is ok and they’ll never use their power for evil. Read More >>

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Trump Targets 17-Year-Old Girl’s Cat Site Because Everything is Stupid (Updated)

Update: We've done some digging and all the facts don't really add up. It's an easy story to fall for, given the Trump Organisation's track record, but we'll endeavour to do better in future Read More >>

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Blogger Reacts to the Popular YouTubers Who Want to Trademark the Word “React”

The Fine Brothers pissed off a lot whole lot of people when they announced a bold new scheme to trademark the word “react” last week. I’m one of those people, and I don’t even have any aspirations to be a YouTube star. I just hate greed. Read More >>

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DC Comics Thwacks Valencia FC With Attempted Batman Logo Ban

People who make heaps of money out of something love stopping others from doing the same. Of course, this is fairly clear cut when a knock-off market stall is flogging Bleats headphones with already-peeling-off capital Bs on the ears, but less so when the supposed infringer has been peddling your logo for 20 years longer than you have. Read More >>

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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 >>

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Google is Struggling to Trademark the Word ‘Glass’

It won't surprise you to hear that Google is desperately trying to trademark the word Glass—but it may raise a wry smile on your face when you find out that the US government is taking exception to the idea. Read More >>

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No, Apple, You Can’t Trademark ‘iPad Mini’

Apple might be famous for its ability to patent rounded corners and the letter 'i', but it looks like whole words are off-limits to it. The body that rules on patents in the US, the Patents and Trademarks Office, has finally got round to ruling on Apple's application to trademark 'iPad Mini', and they've put their foot down in a decidedly firm and anti-Apple way. Read More >>

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Apple Has Trademarked the Design of its Stores

Yes, you are looking at a technical drawing of an Apple store. And yes, it does form part of an approved trademark request which means nobody can imitate Apple's temples to tech. Read More >>

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Apple Forks Out £38m to Make Proview’s “iPad” Go Away

Apple's had quite a fight on its hands over the iPad in China. Trouble was, there was already an "iPad" in China made by a company called Proview. After several legal skirmishes getting nowhere fast, Apple's been forced to pay off Proview to the tune of £38 million. Ouch. Read More >>

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This Was Apple’s Trick to Snatch the iPad Trademark in China

Proview—the former owners of the iPad trademark in China—is suing Apple in California for "fraud by intentional misrepresentation, fraud by concealment, fraudulent inducement, and unfair competition." Are they right? This is how Apple tricked them. You be the judge: Read More >>