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Trump to tell Davos he won’t tolerate trade abuses, IP theft

President Donald Trump is set to announce that his administration will not tolerate intellectual property theft. He will make the main closing address to the World Economic Forum in Davos today (26th January)

Grump Cat wins $710,000 payout in copyright lawsuit

The internet sensation Grumpy Cat has been awarded $710,000 by a California federal court. Grumpy Cat Limited sued US coffee company Grenade for exceeding their rights to the cat’s image.

#metoo trademark application withdrawn

A cosmetics company, Hard Candy, has withdrawn its trademark application for ‘#metoo’ after public backlash. The company were accused of trying to profit from a campaign bringing attention to sexual assault.

The Eagles settle lawsuit against Hotel California

The Eagles have settled a lawsuit regarding a Mexico hotel using the name ‘Hotel California’ after the hotel owners withdrew their application to trademark the name in the US.

New IP Minister announced

Sam Gyimah MP has been confirmed as the new Intellectual Property Minister. This comes after a government re-shuffle, and the minister has taken over the role from Jo Johnson.

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