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# Intellectual Property

This year
# Intellectual Property
Lawyer claims to have ‘smoking gun proof’ Ed Sheeran copied Marvin Gaye song
The lawyer was referencing footage of Sheeran flipping between ‘Thinking out Loud’ and ‘Let’s Get It On’.
Last year
# Intellectual Property
Vaccine patent waiver will allow poorer countries access Covid-19 vaccines, IP law expert to tell TDs
The proposed waiver would allow poorer countries to access key Covid-19 vaccine technology.
All time
# Intellectual Property
Irish pharma lobby criticises Covid vaccine IP waiver but campaigners say drugmakers have 'lost the argument'
Amnesty boss Colm O’Gorman has accused drug companies of ‘reprehensible scaremongering’.
# Intellectual Property
Explainer: Why is India calling for IP rules around Covid vaccines to be waived?
The World Trade Organization will meet again today to discuss the proposal.
# downward facing dog
A court has ruled that this man can't copyright yoga poses
Bikram Choudhury has taken credit for extending the careers of sports stars like John McEnroe.
# thicke and fast
That US jury's Blurred Lines verdict could change the entire music business
Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke were ordered to pay about €7 million for copying parts of a Marvin Gaye track.
# burgers at ten paces
The world's biggest fast-food chain is trying to force Supermac's to change its name
McDonald’s says the word ‘super’ will make people think the Irish company has a better product.
# too famous dahling
Nice try Monaco, but you can't trademark your own name...
Ireland™ does have a nice ring to it though.
# Smoking
It's highly likely there will be a legal challenge to plain tobacco packaging, says Law Society
The director general of the Law Society said Ireland would be setting a precedent in Europe.
Revenue makes 3,564 counterfeit seizures valued at €3m in 2013
Revenue said that it also made 15 seizures of alcohol this year, with 929 litres seized in total.
# Google Books
Take an inside peek inside one of Google's most controversial projects
Who knew books could cause such a fuss?
Royalty gives up bid for Irish biotech firm Elan
The US intellectual property investor Royalty Pharma said that it received ‘repeated rejections’ from Elan.
# Referendum
Ireland will need referendum to create EU court for patents
Innovation minister Seán Sherlock has confirmed a referendum will be needed to smooth the way for single patents.
# Technology
Dublin start-up wins at European Space Agency technology awards
Vicinity Systems was named the Irish winner and shortlisted for the ESA Special Prize for Innovation at the international Galileo Masters competition.
# Good Idea
How to... patent an invention
Think you have a life-changing invention on your hands? First thing’s first: get a patent.
# Copyright
Brussels launches EU-wide public consultation on internet copyright enforcement
The public questionnaire identifies three main problems with current takedown procedures, and wants public thoughts.
# Facebook
Student sentenced to eight months over Facebook hacking
Prosecutors accused the 26-year-old of taking invaluable intellectual property from the social network.
# Explainer
Reddit, Boing Boing plan website blackout over SOPA - but what is it?
A number of high-profile sites are ‘going dark’ this Wednesday over proposed anti-piracy legislation.
# Twitter dispute
Man sued over ownership of Twitter account and its followers
The case of Phonedog vs Noah Kravitz could be a landmark one with far-reaching consequences for social media account ownership.
Pressure grows to US Congress's controversial SOPA bill
A bill being put through the House of Representatives has been roundly attacked over its wide-ranging plans to stop piracy.
# Filesharing
Government set to legislate against illegal downloading next month
The government will issue orders next year which may allow publishers to go to court and stop ISPs from allowing file-sharing.
# Eat More
Folk artist sued for copyright infringement... by chicken chain
Bo Muller-Moore uses the phrase ‘eat more kale’ – referring to a type of cabbage – to encourage local agriculture. Chick-fil-A isn’t happy.
# Patents
Apple to pay 'ongoing royalties' to end Nokia patent dispute
The Finnish mobile operator wins out in its dispute with Apple, after each side accused the other of patent infringement.
# People are Strange
Paris bar in trouble for honoring The Doors
Christophe Maillet says that he has loved Jim Morrison since he was a boy and wanted to honour the iconic singer in the decoration of his Paris bar – but The Doors’ lawyer does not see things in the same light.
# Bloomsday
Ulysses to be celebrated with a flash mob in Dublin
The copyright restriction on Ulysses will be lifted next year, meaning an expansion of Bloomsday celebrations. If you can’t wait for the flash mob, this year’s Bloomsday will see a “tweading” of the book on Twitter.
# G8
Zuckerberg says Facebook is not going underage
The founder of the social networking site says his comments about opening the site to under-13s were taken out of context. He’s part of a team addressing today’s G8 summit on internet issues.
# Facebook
Hey Mark, that's my Facebook!
A New York web designer is claiming he owns 84% of Facebook.