1. Chris Brown Sued For Copyright Infringement By UK Music Publisher

Superstar singer Chris Brown has been sued for copyright infringement over his track Privacy, released in March 2017 and taken from his album Heartbreak on a Full Moon. A UK-based music publishing company called Greensleeves Publishing Ltd, which also has a US HQ in New York, alleges that Brown ripped off a 1997 dancehall track called Tight Up Skirt to create his track. Tight Up Skirt, performed by Jamaican Dancehall star Red Rat, was released in 1997, first in the UK and later around the world on the album Oh No… It’s Red Rat. In Greensleeves’ lawsuit, the company argues that in Tight Up Skirt, Phrase A “is the hook and dominates the chorus sections, occurring a total of 18 times throughout the song. This includes both the initial lyrics which occur a total of six times and the lyric variations”.

2. Amazon’s IP Accelerator launches in India

Amazon has launched its IP Accelerator initiative in India, making it easier for sellers on the platform to register marks and access legal services. The IP Accelerator first launched in the US in 2019 and has since expanded to Europe, Japan, Canada, Mexico, and now India. So far, six the IP Accelerator program launched following mounting pressure from brands across the world to crack down on counterfeit items on the Amazon storefront. As a result,  the company managed to block 10 billion counterfeits prior to listing.

3. Nokia sues OPPO over patent infringement, Chinese brand hits back

Finnish telecommunications giant Nokia has filed numerous patent infringement complaints against Chinese smartphone brand OPPO regarding standard-essential patent (SEP) and non-SEP patents. These patents reportedly are about connectivity, interface and security features and the complaints are filed in European and Asian markets. OPPO and Nokia had signed a multi-year licensing agreement back in 2018 and allegations have appeared post the contract period. Nokia put out an official statement on the matter alleging that OPPO has rejected the offer of renewing the contract, making the company take legal actions against them due to Oppo’s continued usage of the patents. Media reports state Oppo found Nokia’s action “shocking” and accused it of dishonouring the patent licensing under fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms.

4. Fizzy drink sound not a trademark, EU court rules

The sound of drinks can open followed by several seconds of fizzing cannot be considered as a trademark, ruled an EU court ruled recently in a case brought by a German company, Ardagh Metal Beverage Holdings. The company had applied to the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) to register the noise made by its fizzy drinks cans, which turned out unsuccessful after being rejected for not being “distinctive” enough. The European General Court, who heard Ardagh’s appeal from the EUIPO was of the view that the sound of a drink can opening followed by around nine seconds of fizzing does not qualify as a so-called sound mark. “A sound mark must have a certain resonance which enables the target consumer to perceive it as a trademark and not as a functional element or as an indicator without any inherent characteristic,” stated the court. 

5. Bhupesh Baghel Targets BJP: “Nobody Can Claim Copyright On Lord Ram”

Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel today said nobody can claim copyright on Lord Ram as he belongs to everyone, as he hits out at the BJP. “BJP raised the Ram Janambhoomi issue in the 80s and they did not know Shri Ram before. Our leader Mahatma Gandhi used to sing the hymn ”Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram” before Independence… Ram hamare hai aur rahenge (Ram is ours and will remain ours forever)… BJP uses this according to their political calculations. Ramayana has been recited in villages for hundreds of years,” which is what he told the reporters responding to a question about the Chhattisgarh government organising a competition among Ramayana singing troupes.

6. Delhi High Court creates Intellectual Property division to deal with intellectual property rights matters

An Intellectual Property Division has been created by the Delhi High Court to deal with all matters related to intellectual property rights. Promulgated by the President of India, The Tribunals Reform Ordinance, 2021 was notified on Apr 4, 2021In order to have a streamlined and comprehensive review of the manner in which a large quantum of IPR cases ought to be dealt with, the Chief Justice of the High Court of Delhi, Justice D.N. Patel constituted a committee of Justice Prathiba M. Singh and Justice Sanjeev Narula.

7. Huawei Patents a Smartphone with Under Display Selfie Camera

ZTE is currently the only company that is commercially selling a smartphone with а selfie camera hidden under the display and it’s about to release its second generation any moment now. We expect the Samsung Galaxy Fold3 to also adopt the tech, Oppo has also been working on a solution, and now Huawei is on its way to join them after patenting a smartphone with a UPC. The image suggests this phone is likely to be a midranger. It looks a lot like the Honor X20 SE with its camera island and overall design, but of course patent drawings don’t have to reflect the actual upcoming products, so it may be something else entirely. The actual patent was filed with the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA), which is little surprise as China is Huawei’s only major market when it comes to smartphones these days.

8. Amul Wins its First Trademark Violation Case Outside India

Canada has recognised ‘The Taste of India’. The Intellectual Property Appellate Board of Canada recently accorded trademark status to India’s homegrown dairy giant Amul. The country’s largest co-operative will also be awarded damages to the tune of Canadian dollar (CAD) 32,733 after it won a trademark violation case filed in the Federal Court of Canada. It is the first such case that Amul had filed against any company on foreign soil. The Kaira District Cooperative Milk Producers Union Limited (popularly known as Amul Dairy) and the Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) that markets brand Amul had moved the Federal Court of Canada against Amul Canada and four others — Mohit Rana, Akash Ghosh, Chandu Das and Patel (The first name not know). In January 2020, Amul learnt that the group had blatantly copied the trademark ‘Amul’ and the logo of ‘Amul-The Taste of India’ and created a fake profile on social media platform LinkedIn.

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