Posted in IP Law

Heks’nkaas: an appetising copyright matter

A Dutch producer is trying to copyright the taste of its cheese. Is it even allowed? Lancome managed, some years ago, to have a scent copyrighted (thanks also to a weak defense of the opposant).

The matter is now forwarded to the ECJ, in particular regarding these questiosn:

  • can a taste be copyrighted?
  • what are the requirements for the applicabilit of copyright protection?
  • would such protection apply to taste fair-and-square or to the recipe by which these were produced?


Posted in IP Law, Start-ups

Uber boss Travis Kalanick knew of stolen Google files

Waymo (read Google) states that the proprietary information is clear within Uber’s project.

Uber admitted that when Lewandowsky started its new role at Uber, he had 5 disks of information from Google.

Uber admitted its CEO knew about Lewandowsky bringing proprietary information to Uber, but still denies responsibility and alleges that Uber asked the engineer to desist from bringing such proprietary information.

Lesson of the day: however you are doing in a lawsuit, always deny.


Posted in IP Law

Law à la Mode: INTA 2017 edition

Review from DLA Piper, treating:

Issues facing generic names and marks

The dangers of unused trademarks

Tips for navigating native advertising

Demonstrating reputation: a long and winding road for trademark owners

Hong kong retailers and 6 approaches to lowering the cost of rent

Brand intangibles getting it right for tax purposes

Unregistered designs and the fashion industry after brexit

Facing the legal challenges of open innovation in the fashion sector