1. SPN secures dynamic John Doe injunction to protect copyright of india’s upcoming series

A John Doe injunction order was secured by Sony Pictures Networks from the Delhi high Court to protect infringement rights of two of its upcoming international cricketing series, India – Sri Lanka Men’s International Series in July and India – England Men’s International Series in August and September 2021. SPN will be shielded from unlawful and unauthorised dissemination of IPs on the internet and other social media platforms by the John Doe injunction.

2. Demands of copyright trolls must be reasonable, EU’s top court rules

Europe’s top court said that Copyright trolls can turn to EU rules to demand compensation for infringed works on peer to peer networks, provided their requests are proportionate. As there are more individuals and companies pursuing compensation for infringement of their rights, claims by copyright trolls have been rising as well. The ruling was as a result of a suit between Cypriot company Mircom and internet provider Telenet for the identity of the users it alleges have shared its films via BitTorrent files.

3. Miley Cyrus can use name as trademark in Europe after long-running row

American popstar Miley Cyrus has finally won the right to use her name as a trademark in the European Union, after Europe’s top court recently annulled a decision by the EU patent office to limit the scope of her brand. The singer’s company, Smiley Miley Inc. is known to have applied for the trademark of MILEY CYRUS with the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) in 2014, for audio and video discs, mobile phone cases, and other goods. The application was however opposed by the British Virgin Island-based Cyrus Trademarks Ltd, which had registered the mark CYRUS in 2010. The application which was denied by the EUIPO, citing the likelihood of confusion between the two trademarks, was followed by a failed appeal from the Smiley Miley Inc. The case that was subsequently taken to the Luxembourg-based EU Court of Justice (CJEU) however overruled EUIPO’s decision, dismissing its arguments that the brands could be confused and stated that the name Miley Cyrus had no conceptual meaning.

4. Crocs seeks investigation into imported trademark-infringing products

American based footwear retailer, Crocs is reported to have asked the International Trade Commission (ITC) to stop the import of trademark infringing products in the country, and has filed a complaint to begin a probe into violations of its registered trademarks. Crocs, in its complaint is said to have asked for an order that will prevent importers from unlawfully infringing on its product and design trademarks, thereby safeguarding its brand. The action follows a similar complaint filed by the company in 2006, where 11 firms were accused of infringing on its utility and design patents.

5. CAFC Affirms Section 101 Invalidation of Digital Camera Claims Over Newman Dissent

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a precedential decision in Yu v. Apple Inc. in which the appellate court affirmed a decision by the Northern District of California to invalidate patent claims under Section 101 as directed to the abstract idea of taking two pictures and using those pictures to create an enhanced image. Circuit Judge Pauline Newman dissented, arguing that this camera is a mechanical and electronic device of defined structure and mechanism; it is not an ‘abstract idea’.

6. California Appellate Court Vacates Publicity Ruling for Heirs to Hansen’s Beverages

Associate Judge Richard D. Huffman of the California Court of Appeals, Fourth District, Division One, entered a ruling in Hansen v. Coca-Cola Company which vacated a California trial court ruling that heirs to juice and beverage proprietor Hubert Hansen, who developed a well-known line of Hansen’s beverages later purchased by Monster Energy, owned 90% of Hansen’s right to publicity after finding that the trial court had erred in resolving conflicts in extrinsic evidence to interpret a pair of asset transfer agreements by making credibility determinations from the bench that should have been made by a jury.

7. Venus Remedies  Wins Battle Against French Firm to Revoke Patent for Paracetemol

Venus Remedies Ltd, a research and development-driven pharmaceutical manufacturing company Thursday won a 10-year long legal battle that challenged patent claimed by French pharmaceutical firm SCR Pharmatop for producing the intravenous paracetamol solution in India. In a decision dated 4 June 2021, the Indian Patent Office decided in favour of Venus Remedies and upheld its decision for revocation of the Indian patent on the grounds that the process lacked any inventive step that made it superior to other existing solutions.

8. Apple iPhone 6S and Later Models Infringed on MIMO Wireless Tech Patent

Apple has just been hit with another lawsuit earlier this week. XR Communications filed a lawsuit against the company alleging that a number of its products infringed on its MIMO wireless technology patent. The firm filed a complaint with the US District Court for the Western District of Texas (Via AppleInsider) against the Cupertino based giant for infringing on a single patent granted in 2020. In the lawsuit, a number of products were mentioned, including the iPhone 6s and higher, every iPad model from the first generation, iPad Air and iPad mini 2, all Mac models launched since 2016, and the Apple TV 4K. XR Communication cited the infringement of US Patent No. 10,715,235 for ‘Directed wireless communication.’

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