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UK businessman withdraws trademark applications related to Black Lives Matter following backlash

Manchester-based businessman Georgios Demetriou has dropped his efforts to attain registered trademark protection in terms related to the Black Lives Matter movement. The move follows threats being sent to Demetriou, and is a reminder of the backlash that can occur when filing applications for terms linked to social movements.

Apple smartglasses patent reveals gaze-driven recording of video and AR content with jitter reduction

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to their future smartglasses device that could record content including AR content with jitter reduction and more.

EU chides China and others for IP breaches

The biennial report from the European Commission ranked China as Europe’s “priority 1” worst offender due to the scale and persistence of its policies, practices and negligence, which all thwart EU trademark and patent owners’ goals.

Beyonce, Jay-Z sued for copyright infringement over monologue used in 2018 song ‘Black Effect’

Grammy award-winning artists Beyonce and Jay-Z have been accused of not giving another artist credit for her contribution on the couple’s 2018 single ‘Black Effect’. The couple is now facing a copyright infringement lawsuit in Los Angeles for allegedly using the monologue voiced by an uncredited Jamaican choreographer.

Harry and Meghan’s trademark application for new Archewell charity rejected

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s application to trademark their new charitable organisation has been initially rejected because they did not sign the paperwork or pay the correct fee.  It comes just a couple of months after the couple announced they ‘look forward’ to getting started with the foundation, named Archewell after their newborn son, which will replace their previous Sussex Royal brand.

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