By Brandon Potomak on February 27, 2024
As of February 2, 2024, Costco is now involved in their second legal dispute involving major golf companies. Back in 2017, Acushnet, the owner of Titleist, sued Costco for patent infringement and false advertising concerning Kirkland’s Signature golf balls. However, the parties resolved all claims out of court the following year. Despite this, Costco finds […]
By Maddie Thomas on February 13, 2024
Jazwares, the company behind Squishmallows (which was acquired by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway in 2022), is suing Build-a-Bear over its new Skoosherz plush line for trade dress and copyright infringement. Squishmallows were launched in 2017, exploded in popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic, and have built a cult following of both children and adults. Social media […]
By Stacie Wiebe on February 6, 2024
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/regina-woodworking-business-website-stolen-ornament-design-1.7082661 A Regina business is offering a cautionary tale about shopping on discount websites after finding a cheap replica of one of its designs for sale. Sticks and Doodles is a hand-crafted woodworking and ornament store in Regina. A customer informed the owners after finding a Sticks and Doodles design — a grain elevator ornament — […]
By Alirod Ameri on February 3, 2024
As of February 1, the catalogue of Universal Music Group (UMG) is no longer available on the TikTok platform. UMG is the world’s largest music company and holds the rights to many artists such as Taylor Swift and Drake. In the lead-up of the expiry of the previous licensing agreement, negotiations for a new agreement […]
By Tim Tam on January 28, 2024
Pitched as “Pokemon with guns”, Palworld is the hottest game of the new year. While it has garnered immense commercial success, having sold 5 million copies in just a matter of days, many have accused the developer Pocketpair of going a step further and ripping off the designs of some Pokemon. Take a look at […]
By Jaspal Sahota on January 22, 2024
For anyone who missed this last month….a quirky case of copyright infringement regarding fanfiction writing: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2023/dec/18/copyright-claim-against-tolkien-estate-backfires-on-lord-of-the-rings-fanfiction-author
By Jenny J. on January 22, 2024
In case some folks weren’t aware, Apple has gotten themselves into a patents dispute with a medical tech company named Masimo. The dispute has to do with the watches ability to read blood-oxygen levels, which allegedly belongs to Masimo. While the watches with this feature are still available for purchase in Canada, sales have been […]
“Style, no matter how creative, is an idea, and is not protectable by copyright.” – A win for my Aritzia girlies.
By mosunmola salako on January 8, 2024
A federal judge in the United States has dismissed a lawsuit against Aritzia that accused the retailer of copying an artist’s work with hot pink, squiggle-shaped sculptures that appeared in stores in early 2023. Here is the link to the initial lawsuit made by Richard X Zawitz, the owner of Tangle Creations posted by pr1ncess.
By Doris on January 5, 2024
I hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday. I couldn’t resist posting this link and photo. https://vancouversun.com/business/local-business/arcteryx-wins-court-injunction-against-adidas-terrex-kitsilano-store-in-trademark-spat With a result that should surprise no one, Arc’teryx has received an injunction against Adidas Terrex. Checkout the photo caption! Confusion indeed! Enjoy the last few days of holidays all!
By samuel honer on December 22, 2023
It should come as no surprise that rights holders of video games often go after those who modify their games or release fangames. However, I rarely see these lawsuits go beyond a DMCA notice and the other party following said notice. Most of the time, the potentially infringing party complies with the DMCA, and you […]