IP In The News – 26 March 2015

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Summary: Our regular update on developments in the world of IP, this week featuring the $7.4m US jury award to Marvin Gaye’s children in relation to the copyright in the music copied in the form of the Robin Thicke/Pharrell Williams hit single “Blurred Lines”, a Government consultation has found little use of grace periods for patent applications in the US and pop star Taylor Swift has decided to beat the cybersquatters at their own game by applying for new top level domain names.

Music and copyright


Following the $7.4m US jury award to Marvin Gaye’s children in relation to the copyright in the music copied in the form of the Robin Thicke/Pharrell Williams hit single “Blurred Lines”, the children are now seeking to stop all future sales of the song until Marvin Gaye is credited as a co-writer of the song (written some 28 years after he died).

Grace periods and patents


A Government consultation has unsurprisingly found little use of grace periods for patent applications in the US, given that the lack of grace periods in Europe would render invalid any EU patent applications due to the prior disclosure in the US.

Brands and new domain names


Pop star Taylor Swift has decided to beat the cybersquatters at their own game by applying for the new top level domain names taylorswift.adult and taylorswift.porn. New top level domains continue to be issued on a regular basis – if you want to be alerted to someone filing a new application featuring one of your brands we can set up a watch service for you.

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