The Batmobile, A Monkey Selfie and the Lindt Gold Bear – Today’s Interesting IP 

 September 24, 2015

By  Trademark Ninja


Ok, so the BIG news over the last 24 hours has been the ruling relating to Data Protection, Facebook, Ireland and the Safe Harbour Rules – See HERE

There was more big news yesterday when Happy Birthday hit the headlines again! I’ve posted about this a few times recently, but the decision was handed down yesterday, and you can now sing Happy Birthday to your hearts content! http://www.managingip.com/Article/3491102/Judge-rules-WarnerChappell-doesnt-hold-rights-to-Happy-Birthday.html

In other news:

Sean Penn is suing for defamation for $10m – http://www.irishexaminer.com/world/sean-penn-files-10m-defamation-lawsuit-355598.html

To the Batmobile! To the Copyright Depository! To the Courts! The batmobile is the subject of a copyright claim – http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/sep/23/judge-rules-to-batmobile-copyright-protection-case

Bat Mobile. Special Presentation of Cars Used in Movie's and Television. Friday, May 30th, 2003 in New York. Photo by Jennifer Graylock
Photo by Jennifer Graylock

Remember the monkey selfie? Well PETA are now suing on behalf of the monkey (yes seriously) claiming that it owns copyright in the image. http://edition.cnn.com/2015/09/23/world/monkey-selfie-peta-lawsuit/


There was  2,272 IP crimes reported to Crimestopper last year – http://www.cityam.com/225055/intellectual-property-crime-falling-uk-social-media-has-soared-become-major-market

How Data Protection is hampering the Red Cross – http://www.irishtimes.com/business/technology/irish-red-cross-needs-help-with-list-of-pledges-for-refugees-1.2363881

Former Employees and your IP – Smule sues – http://techcrunch.com/2015/09/23/about-that-smule-lawsuit/?ncid=rss

Your lindt Gold Bears are safe! Haribo sued them, but they lost – http://www.cityam.com/224996/lindt-wins-sweet-justice-battle-haribo and http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/sep/23/haribo-legal-battle-lindt-gummy-bears-chocolate and http://www.rte.ie/news/business/2015/0923/729785-gummy-bears/


Trademark Ninja

I'm A Ninja. You know, Ninja Stars, Ninja Nunchucks, all that sort of good stuff. I'm dispensing truth and justice Ninja Style.....in a very civilised and non-litigious kind of way. Unless you make the Ninja angry, then KARATE-CHOP! Fine, fine. I'm not a Ninja. I'm Brian Conroy, Trademark Agent and Solicitor in Dublin Ireland. Find me (in non Ninja form) at www.brianconroy.com

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