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Oh Yoko !

To paraphrase a “Lennonism”   …. In the middle of a dream In the middle of a dream I call your name, Oh Yoko, Oh Yoko That’s obviously what a Polish soft drinks were doing, dreaming, if they thought they could get this one past Yoko. Rolling Stone reports. Yoko Ono pressured a Polish beverage company into changing the … Read more

Blockchain & The Law: Round Up 21 September 2017

This week   Title:  Token Alliance Launches To Promote Best Practices For ICOs Author:   Forbes Date:  18 September 2017 URL:   https://www.forbes.com/sites/laurashin/2017/09/18/token-alliance-launches-to-promote-best-practices-for-icos/#541671a847c8 Extract: “Our goal is to come up with best practices for those companies interested in ICOs,” said Dr. Newsome, adding that it will meet regularly with SEC staff and commissioners. “What we’ll do initially is provide … Read more

Kluwer JV With Aistemos To Integrate AI Into IP Product Suite

Here’s the press release that went out yesterday…Wolters Kluwer Announces Strategic Alliance to Bring AI-Powered Analytics Technology to Market for IP Professionals. Collaboration with intellectual property analytics provider Aistemos further strengthens Wolters Kluwer’s intellectual property solutions   NEW YORK, Sept. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S. today announced plans to bolster its market-leading … Read more

Blockchain & The Law Roundup: 14 September 2017

The latest in the high speed world of blockchain development includes the rush towards regulation, Canada’s first in-house blockchain attorney. The $1Billion blockchain lawsuit.   Title:  Professor Urges New Zealand Government to Develop Bitcoin Regulations Author:  Bitcoin.com Date: 9 September 2017 URL:  https://news.bitcoin.com/professor-urges-new-zealand-government-to-develop-bitcoin-regulations/ Extract: Head of Auckland University’s Commercial Law Department, Associate Professor Alex Sims, has urged the New … Read more

Trademark Law Update 14 September 2017

Another week another round of trademark stories for you. News includes, Myanmar updating their trademark legislation. Oman ratifies IP laws. Somebody has decided to trademark “Brexit” and Asian American rock band ( from Portland, of course!) the Slants celebrate their Supreme Court win.   Title:  Myanmar Update: Prepare Now for the New Trademark Law Author:  Spruson … Read more

Trademark Your Band Name As Quickly As Possible Says Nevada Lawyer

Interesting piece published in IP Watchdog recently recommending that bands and musical acts trademark and record name use as early as possible in their career. The outlet  recently spoke to Craig Newby  a partner at McDonald Carano Wilson LLC in Nevada,  to discuss the importance of trademarking a rock band’s name. Here’s a taste of the … Read more

Blockchain & The Law Roundup: Update 8 September 2017

Blockchain may be more popular than fidget spinners at the moment. Here are a few select things that we think might be of interest.     Title:  Legal Technology and Smart Contracts: Blockchain & Smart Contracts (Part IV) Author: Forbes Date:  6 September 2017 URL:  https://www.forbes.com/sites/maryjuetten/2017/09/06/legal-technology-and-smart-contracts-blockchain-smart-contracts-part-iv/#2d0ee3876a5f Extract:  Much has been written on blockchain recently, even in legal. We continue … Read more

Trademark Law Roundup: Update 8 September 2017

A number of interesting developments and articles have come in at the end of the week so we thought it would be worth registering the most relevant for you.   Title: Bacardi Sues Feds for Records About Disputed ‘Havana Club’ Trademark Author: National Law Journal Date: 7 September 2017 URL:  http://www.nationallawjournal.com/id=1202797451178/Bacardi-Sues-Feds-for-Records-About-Disputed-Havana-Club-Trademark mcode=1202615432818&curindex=1&slreturn=20170808174305 Extract:  Bacardi has taken new legal action in … Read more

120 Year Old European IP Firm Launches China Patent Practice

The Asian arm of European intellectual property firm Awapatent, AWA Asia, is extending the 120-year-old firm’s patent practice to China reports  Global Legal Post. The firm has recruited two senior patent lawyers.  Xiaofan Chen joins as a partner and Yuanyuan Chu as senior patent attorney in Beijing. Xiaofan Chen previously worked at Liu Shen and … Read more