1. EU top court hands win to YouTube in user copyright fight

Google’s YouTube and other online platforms are not liable for copyright-infringing works uploaded by users onto their platforms under certain conditions. The case marks the latest development in a long-running battle between Europe’s $1 trillion creative industry and online platforms, with the former seeking compensation or action from the latter for unauthorised works that are uploaded. “As currently stands, operators of online platforms do not, in principle, themselves make a communication to the public of copyright-protected content illegally posted online by users of those platforms,” the EU Court of Justice said.

2. Bombay High Court grants ad-interim relief in favour of “DR FIXIT” marks and labels of Pidilite Industries in Trademark infringement suit

The Bombay High Court recently granted ad-interim relief in favour of Pidilite Industries for the trademark and labels with respect to their Dr. Fixit range of products. Justice GS Patel injuncted O-Chem Sealers Private Ltd from adopting the marks, labels and the container shape registered by Pidilite Industries with respect to Dr. Fixit products. The Court saw no valid justification for O-Chem to have adopted the marks, use of the labels and the container shape. In view of this, he passed an order restraining O-Chem from manufacturing, marketing, selling, advertising, offering to sell or dealing in the impugned products or any similar goods or any other goods bearing the impugned marks LWC or URP or any marks incorporating them. The present suit was filed seeking to protect a number of marks namely LW/LW+, DR FIXIT and URP with its variant series, artistic works and a design from infringement and passing off.

3. Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty sued for Trademark Infringement by Lingerie Brand Adore Me

Pop icon Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty is being sued by fellow lingerie maker Adore Me for trademark infringement. In its complaint filed in the Federal Court of California on 24th June, 2021, Adore Me claims that Lavender Lingerie, a company that does business as Savage X Fenty, is “blatantly and willfully trading upon Adore Me’s goodwill and infringing Adore Me’s intellectual property, including through [its] unauthorized use of a mark or marks confusingly similar to Adore Me’s ‘ADORE ME’ trademark in connection with [its sale of] clothing products, such as lingerie and related online retail services.” Adore Me, who claims to consistently use the brand since its inception in 2011 also claims that it had sent a cease-and-desist letter to Savage on June 4 and a subsequent follow-up communication on June 8. While Adore Me alleges that it did not receive a response on either occasion, it claims that the infringing advertisements were removed on or about June 8. However, the relief was temporary, as the ads were again in use by Savage causing substantial damage and ongoing and irreparable harm to the company, Adore Me stated. 

4. Deity & Zaxcom Sign Patent Agreement Giving the BP-TRX Ability to Transmit & Record Audio Simultaneously

Zaxcom, a company dedicated to sound recording solutions for film and television productions and Deity Microphones have recently announced the signing of a license agreement for five patents. The agreement gives the new Deity BP-TRX units sold in the U.S the ability to transmit and record audio at the same time. This is the first time Zaxcom has allowed another company to use its patent. Zaxcom’s TRX900 Transmitter that was released in 2005 was awarded a patent for the ability to transmit and record timecode laced audio. Considered a first, it was recognized for a technical achievement award in 2016 by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences with an Emmy Award and in 2017 by the Motion Picture Academy. Deity Microphones have become the first brand ever to have licensed these patents from Zaxcom.

5. IT Minister RS Prasad Twitter account briefly locked under DMCA notice

IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad’s personal twitter account over violation of copyright laws. The account was later reinstated according to the minister. “Twitter denied access to my account for almost an hour on the alleged ground that there was a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of the USA and subsequently they allowed me to access the account,” Prasad tweeted. It is not clear as to which posts by prasad were flagged or removed under DMCA. However, he mentioned that the interview clips with news channels posted on Twitter “and its powerful impact, have clearly ruffled its feathers”.

6. Kangana moves HC against copyright infringement FIR

Challenging an FIR lodged against actor Kangana Ranaut and her brother Akshat Ranaut, they have approached the Bombay High Court. The FIR which was registered, in march this year, accuses them of copyright infringement and cheating on behalf of Ashish Kaul, the author of “didda: The Warrior Queen of Kashmir” This was followed by a magistrate’s court on an application filed by Kaul which was also challenged by the Kangana and Akshat.

7. Blocked by Eli Lilly, Bajaj Healthcare Moves Patent Office to Make Covid Drug Baricitinib

Drugmaker Bajaj Healthcare Limited (BHL) has requested the Indian patent office to grant a compulsory licence to it for manufacturing and supply of Baricitinib — one of the potential treatment options against Covid-19. The manufacturer of Covid drugs favipiravir and ivermectin, BHL has requested the patent office for the licence to manufacture both active pharmaceutical ingredients (raw materials) and formulation of Baricitinib. The Mumbai-based drugmaker approached the Office of the Controller General of Patents, Mumbai after its request for the grant of voluntary licence was turned down by the patentee Incyte Corporation and its exclusive licence holder, the American pharma giant Eli Lilly. BHL, which filed the application with the patent office on 26 May, is awaiting a response. “We have not received any response until now,” Anil Jain, managing director at BHL, told ThePrint.

8. Nokia Patents a Rotating Camera Which Follows the Audio Source

Most smartphones today look almost the same, and feature similar features like high refresh rate displays, with smartphone manufacturers trying to convince the market that it needs an Android device with an enormous 12GB of RAM when 8GB is more than enough. For mobile imaging, it is even worse. Camera choices became more gimmicky, and “the need” is no longer taken into consideration in exchange for the “Quad Camera” tagline that is so common these days. Trying to prove that it should never be the case, at least on paper, Nokia Corporation has filed a new patent for a type of camera setup we have never seen before — a 360° rotating camera which follows the direction of the audio source. The new patent, “Rotating Camera and Microphone Configurations” (Application Number 1919060.2), was filed by Nokia Corporation on December 15, 2020, but has only recently been published on the USPTO database.

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