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WeWork CEO returns $5.9 million the company paid him for the ‘We’ trademark

WeWork CEO Adam Neumann has returned about $5.9 million worth of stock that was originally paid to him to acquire the trademark ‘We’.

Patagonia clears hurdle in trademark case against Anheuser-Busch

Sportswear maker Patagonia has cleared an early hurdle in a trademark infringement case it brought accusing beer company Anheuser-Busch of copying its name and logo for a new brand of beer called Cerveza Patagonia.

Apple patents Watch band that could ID you from your wrist skin

In creepier news, Apple was granted a patent that describes a sensor built into the Watch or the watch’s band that could use infrared to build a thermal image of your wrist and its identifying traits to identify who is wearing it.

Criminal domain activity sees year-on-year increase

The online environment of counterfeiting and piracy figures by Nominet showed the suspension of 32,813 domains for criminal activity, marking a year-on-year increase of 97%, according to the latest UKIPO IP Crime and Enforcement Report for 2018 and 2019.

China implements ‘stricter’ trademark infringement system 

China will begin implementation of a “stricter punitive compensation system” against trademark infringement, according to the director of the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA).

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