Keep up to date with the latest intellectual property news in our weekly round-up…


Japan extends its copyright protection to 70 years

Under pressure from entertainment companies, Japan has just extended its copyright protection term to 70 years after the creator’s death.

Indian scientists welcome Monsanto’s patent victory

India’s Supreme Court ruled this week that seed maker Monsanto can claim patents on its genetically modified cotton seeds, a victory not only for the American firm, but for the research community, scientists claim.

EU to investigate Nike over IP licensing and tax structure

The European Commission has announced it is investigating Nike for an IP licensing arrangement which may have helped it avoid tax in the Netherlands.

Beelines cycle network must change name over trademark conflict

The name Beelines cannot be used for Greater Manchester’s £500m walking and cycling network after a copyright conflict with a company based in London.


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Heineken applies for ‘Official Beer of Soccer’ trademark as North American World Cup looms

Major League Soccer partner Heineken has made a bold trademark application to become the ‘Official Beer of Soccer’ in the US.

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