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McDonald’s loses Big Mac trademark after legal battle with Irish chain

Galway-based fast-food chain Supermac have persuaded the European Union Intellectual Property Office to cancel the Golden Arches’ use of a “Big Mac” trademark. As well as being a victory for small business, the move will allow the Irish chain to expand across Europe.

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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.

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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