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Copycat products: ‘living dangerously’ with intellectual property
“Lookalike” products from brands such as Aldi raise question about where the line blurs between flattery and fair competition and outright intellectual property infringement, says senior food law lecturer.
California judge accuses Disney of “copyright misuse” in its bid to prevent film rental company Redbox from reselling the download codes for its films.
Luxembourg-based General Court supports EU Intellectual Property Office ruling to allow the shoe brand to oppose a Belgian company’s attempts to trademark an Adidas-esque two-stripe mark.
Countries should break IP rules to ensure growth, says report
Gowling WLG report suggests that countries such as China and India should break rigid US and European IP rules to avoid protectionist measures and remain “powerhouses of global growth”. (Disclaimer: IP Careers does not endorse IP rule breaking).
And finally, some of the world’s most inspired or simply downright lazy rip-off fast food chains. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, after all…