China Confirms “Merchandising Rights” as “Earlier Rights” under Trade Mark Law

Submitted by editor on Mon, 05/06/2017 - 11:01

Further to the groundbreaking Kung Fu Panda case (discussed in our previous article), in which the Beijing Higher People’s Court recognised DreamWorks Animation’s ownership of merchandising rights in the title of its popular film Kung Fu Panda, the Supreme People’s Court (SPC) of China has now confirmed, in a new judicial interpretation, that the title of a work, or the name of the character in a copyright work, that enjoys a relatively high level of recognition and reputation shall be protected as an “earlier interest” under the Trade Mark Law.

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The Revolution Will Be Blockchained: Blockchains and the Future of Digital Music

Submitted by editor on Mon, 05/06/2017 - 10:49

Some technological revolutions come suddenly, others come slowly, but this one is coming in regimented ten minute updates to a distributed public ledger. Heralded as the next great step forward for the Internet, blockchain technology is already turning heads in the finance world, [1] and is attracting major investment interest around the globe.

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Protecting Trade Secrets When Employees Depart

Submitted by editor on Mon, 05/06/2017 - 10:43

Several recent court cases in the United States focus on trade secret misappropriation by employees departing technology companies. These high profile American cases are a reminder that Canadian companies face the same issues.

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Arabic Transliteration of Trademarks

Submitted by editor on Mon, 05/06/2017 - 09:50

Sarmad Hasan Manto of UTPS explains the necessity and legalities involved in the registration and protection of trademarks in Arabic language in the Middle Eastern countries.

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Copyright Law - How Does the UAE Compare with Common Law Jurisdictions?

Submitted by editor on Mon, 05/06/2017 - 09:36

Civil law and common law traditions exert divergent influences on certain features of national copyright laws, which results in major differences between copyright law in civil law jurisdictions and in common law jurisdictions...

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Will Our Partner Steal Our IP?

Submitted by editor on Mon, 05/06/2017 - 09:04

HBR’s fictionalized case studies present dilemmas faced by leaders in real companies and offer solutions from experts. This one is based on research by Willy C. Shih and Jyun-Cheng Wang.

One person wasn’t smiling.

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The Weird Rules Governing What We Download

Submitted by editor on Mon, 05/06/2017 - 08:49

It had been a great day: dinner with friends, raucous stories, cold beer, lots of laughter. And now, a movie to cap it all off—some new, Oscar-buzzworthy flick. There’s no Blockbuster in my town (what few brick-and-mortar video stores remain feel like stubborn holdouts from an era past). For better or worse, media—movies, books, music—exist in the digital world now. A few clicks on a mouse are all that stood between me and a new release.

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‘E-Commerce Offers Opportunities, but Many Challenges to SMEs’

Submitted by editor on Sun, 04/06/2017 - 09:29

E-commerce represents the micro and the massive in business.
It offers tremendous potential for business enterprises to access global markets and is there for organisations such as sole traders through small and medium outlets to global giants such as Alibaba and Amazon.

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Virtual Reality Creates Potentially Real Legal Issues

Submitted by editor on Sun, 04/06/2017 - 09:22

The next technological wave is bringing with it legal implications for its users, service operators, and platforms. New and upcoming virtual reality ("VR") products are increasingly garnering excitement and attention, and they are stirring up legal issues for individuals using VR ("Users") as well as the service providers and platforms providing VR (collectively, "Platforms").

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Is it Illegal to Download YouTube Video for Personal Use?

Submitted by editor on Sun, 04/06/2017 - 08:18

Is it illegal to download YouTube video for personal use? Many people would answer that question by suggesting it's something of a 'grey' area. Actually it's pretty black and white.

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