Canadian court finds Subway’s trademark rights infringed by cannabis retailer that adopted “Budway” parody mark

Sounds reasonable. I would say there is an obvious risk of confusing consumers who might thing that Subway is just growing their business 🤷‍♀️

💊 Russia: The first ever case of challenging a compulsory license is considered. The Supreme Court rejected the claim of the US company Gilead, the owner of the patent for remdesivir.

Germany rejects US-backed proposal to waive vaccine :
"the protection of intellectual property is a source of innovation and must remain so".

Well, yep. However, as article 14(2) of German Basic Law states: "Property entails obligations. Its use shall also serve the public good".

That is what me and my colleagues have talked many times: corporations serving big social systems become new quasi-jurisdictions in image of archaic institutes. Significance of corporate quasi- is high as significance of corporations decisions at all - especially for and protection.

Believe me, blocking of social web pages under an administration's decision may be more effective than taking a action. And this practice must be researched.

The day before 2021, the Russian Government obliged two US companies to issue licenses to their patents for Remdesivir (antiviral medication used to treat ) to the Russian company. This is the 1st time in history when the Government used this opportunity under the art. 1360 of the Russian Civil Code.

On April 1, these US companies filed a claim against the Russian Government. The hearing will be held on May 27.

Brand Fallen Victim to World War

Rights for Aspirin were transferred to the winners of the war according to the peace treaty… but was it actually?

Recording a podcast in the Academic Council Hall and discussing Facebook as a quasi-jurisdiction with young law students is extremely exciting!

As much as this is obvious for me, as a lawyer of continental law, that law texts are not protected by copyright, as much this strikes me that in The Commonwealth the laws are protected by Crown and Parliamentary copyright and may be freely used under the Open Government License.

When people tell me robots cannot be copyright holders of works they created because robots are not persons, I just notice that the rivers became legal persons in India. Rivers! That's right, rivers can have rights.

And it's ok.
Law is just an instrument to make the world a better place. We can imagine and establish any legal institutes we want. So if it is useful to grant rivers, robots or even spoons with rights, we can just do it.

Zettelkasten is a perfect way to organize my collection of case law! I've finally built an easy system where no any noted case won't be lost 😊

Some time I used to work with , but a few days ago I moved to the system of markdown files that can be viewed and edited with and .

To prevent spreading of Russian arbitrazh courts (spesialized state for economic disputes) got the opportunity to make online hearings. However, there is no any regulating this. So some courts do such online hearings regularly, but others don't, just because they don't want.🤷
In result, there is no effective measures against the as well as no rule of .

I like how Multics License was intended not only to give everyone permission to use the software free, but also to care about brands of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and BULL HN Information Systems Inc. It seems to be a quite underestimated way of trademark protection!

Last week I wrote about , the last star of "Gone with the Wind" (1939).

The really important thing you should know is that one of key cases of history is named after her.

De Havilland Law is a precedent of 1943 that allows actors to star in films of another film company, even if their contract with current company forbid it. Olivia's legal struggles have given other actors more freedom.

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COVID-19: save lives with open intellectual-property licences

I'm proud of being an associate at the company that supports Open COVID Pledge. We help right holders to share their intellecual property. I'm sure this will make the world better, and I'm happy to be the part of this movement.

Neil Young sues Donald Trump campaign for using his music. The musician claims that Rockin’ in the Free World and Devil’s Sidewalk were played at the president’s recent rally in Tulsa without a license.

It's really funny, because 5 years ago Trump campaign manager promised they will stop using Young's music. Moreover, the used song was the same.


Who do you think is the owner of the Dogbook social network?

If you think about Facebook, then it really makes sence for Facebook to file an opposition before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board against applicant Daniel Stallard’s DOGBOOK trademark application over the likelihood of confusion and dilution of FACEBOOK trademark.

But if not... Daniel Stallard has to fight for its brand protection.


"The best way out is always through" — Eastern District of Texas Judge Rodney Gilstrap on Tuesday shot down Apple's request to postpone an in-person jury trial in a patent lawsuit over 4G LTE technology, quoting poet Robert Frost in his reasoning why the trial should begin in two weeks despite the pandemic.

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