Subjects: Legal affairs
India steps up IP protection for Darjeeling Himalayan Railway's century-old logos
Being named a UNESCO World Heritage Site can help to catalyse tourist interest, and thus generate value for a country’s economy. As these sites are regularly reviewed to assess whether their conservation status qualifies them for a continued place on this list, it also incentivises governments to prioritise the protection of their countries’ historical architecture and infrastructure. If one views
Rip-off or not: How teardrop-shaped make-up sponges became all the rage
In a 2016 lawsuit, beauty company Avon admitted liability for infringing on Rea.deeming Beauty’s intellectual property rights. The object in question was a hot pink make-up sponge that Avon had named “Beauty Blender”. And as all make-up buffs know, the most famous Beautyblender (yes, that’s how it’s officially spelled) was invented by Rea Ann Silva, the founder of Rea.deeming Beauty.
How Jessica Simpson regained full ownership of her fashion label
Much of the world may still know Jessica Simpson as a 1990s pop star turned reality show personality. But since 2005, she has also been a retail entrepreneur, and a very successful one at that, having steered the Jessica Simpson Collection with different business partners. And now, after years of problems with her most recent licensing partner, she has bought back full ownership of the label that
When is fair use of copyrighted materials really fair?
A landmark visual art exhibition is taking place in Singapore’s National Gallery museum right now — the first comprehensive institutional survey of Nam June Paik’s work in Southeast Asia.
This South Korea-born artist was a major figure in the avant-garde movements of the 20th century, and is widely recognised as a pioneer of video art.
That aspect of his work is very much evident in Ele
Digital ownership, the birth of a new concept
The following article by Sophie Goossens was first published here by global law firm Reed Smith. It is re-published here with Reed Smith's permission.
Ownership, a legal concept almost as old as humanity, is being tested by the advent of the metaverse - an always-online, persistent, spatial 'second' world. The staggering rise in popularity of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) demonstrates ho
Our top 10 stories of 2021
From pop culture IP news to outrage over recipe plagiarism, these were the stories our readers loved this year.
1. Creator of Netflix sensation Squid Game accused of plagiarism
Shortly after Squid Game became a global streaming blockbuster, the show's creator-director Hwang Dong-hyuk was accused of plagiarising As The Gods Will, a 2014 Japanese movie.
2. By creating her own IP, mod
What might a full IP protection toolkit for brands look like?
The continued growth of e-commerce means that counterfeit products which were once sold on the streets in the dark of night can now be purchased on the world’s most popular retail platforms. Bharat Kapoor – Vice-President, Online Brand Protection, for authentication and information services firm Authentix – shares more about how to tackle this problem.
This conversation with PitchMa
Giving creators more recognition
The Copyright Bill tabled in Singapore’s Parliament on July 6, 2021, came into force in November. What were the factors that spurred these amendments, and what do they mean for creators and their clients? Lam Chung Nian – who heads the Intellectual Property, Technology & Data Group at Singapore’s WongPartnership law firm – shares more.
This conversation with PitchMark managing p
How care and honour come into play when dealing with IP
John Eastwood – founding partner of Eiger Law and head of the firm’s intellectual property and technology practice – has extensive experience counseling clients on IP matters and more, both within Asia and on both sides of the Strait in Greater China. As chair of the European Chamber of Commerce Taiwan Intellectual Property Rights Committee, he has also worked closely with the European Commission,
Australia’s approach to online enforcement for copyright infringement
Michael Williams heads the intellectual property group at Australian law firm Gilbert + Tobin, and played an instrumental role in advocating for the introduction of site blocking under Australian copyright law.
In this conversation with PitchMark legal advisor Frank Rittman, he elaborates on how Australian legislation deals with Internet service providers whose networks are used by
The damage that fake goods can do to brands is very real
Counterfeit products are the bane of many industries, and most of these products are manufactured in and distributed from Asia. What can companies do to protect and enforce their intellectual property rights?
Andrew Bradshaw is the President of the Asian Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy, an organization that coordinates IP investigations for some of the world’s leadi
What factors make a country more pro-copyright?
The implementation of the European Union’s 2019 Digital Single Market Directive, which is the new legislative act adopted by the European Union to adapt copyright to the evolving digital environment, remains in varying states of implementation among its 27 member nations.
In this discussion, Ted Shapiro – partner and head of the Brussels office of Wiggin, a law firm that specialize
What creatives and IP lawyers need to learn about one another
A partner and head of IP at TSMP Law Corporation, Adrian Tan brings a unique perspective to the field of IP law, since he first made his name as a creator of IP. As a young man in Singapore, he wrote the best-selling novels The Teenage Textbook and The Teenage Workbook. Through these early book deals, he began to understand intellectual property.
As a lawyer, Adrian now helps others pr
AI's strengths and limitations in IP protection
Artificial intelligence – and facial recognition technology in particular - has become an essential component of law enforcement due to its increased efficiency in identifying suspected criminals and missing persons using enhanced imaging data.
In this conversation, Jay Jhaveri – Managing Director, Asia-Pacific, of Captis Intelligence – discusses ongoing pace of rapid developments in AI
Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell's evolving strategies for her IP
The Sex and the City franchise is set for yet another go at the zeitgeist via a 10-episode series titled And Just Like That. Leading ladies Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis are reprising their roles, while Kim Cattrall is not returning this time. But while this core four are probably most associated with Sex and the City these days, it is author Candace Bushnell who made this
5 reasons innovators should use PitchMark
Prevention is better than cure. That’s why when we buy a vehicle, we buy an insurance plan for it too. But what safeguards do innovators have when it comes to their ideas?
That’s where PitchMark comes in. Idea theft is a problem that many innovators face, and the financial loss and hurt feelings that arise from seeing your ideas copied by others without consent, credit and compensation can be
Tarantino’s controversial Pulp Fiction NFTs offer a glimpse of entertainment’s future
When it was released in 1994, Pulp Fiction was lauded for its innovative breaking of the chronological order, its distinctive dialogue, and for break-out performances from Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, and John Travolta. It was one of the movies that propelled the 1990s wave of indie cinema, and its writer-director Quentin Tarantino became one of Hollywood’s most celebrated auteurs.
And it l
“Cheat codes” for creativity: Designer Virgil Abloh leaves behind a provocative legacy
The fashion world is mourning the passing of Virgil Abloh, the 41-year-old artistic director of Louis Vuitton's menswear collection, from cancer.
He leaves behind a formidable legacy. When he began his tenure at Louis Vuitton in 2018, Abloh – the son of Ghanaian immigrants who had made their new home in the United States – became the first black man to take on the artistic direction of tha
Rip-off or not: A tale of two blue dresses
African fashion designer Bayanda Khathini, who specialises in high-end traditional beaded wedding dresses, has sent a letter of demand to Sello Medupe, the owner of fashion label Scalo. The issue: Khathini believes that a dress Scalo designed for former Miss South Africa, Tamaryn Green, copies a dress designed by Khathini in 2019.
Khathini asserts that his unique aesthetic style is due to his
How to use PitchFeed
PitchMark deters the theft of your concepts, creations, proposals, business plans, music — basically, any ideas that you conceive and want to protect as your own when submitting these ideas for pitches to potential clients. Read more here about how the PitchMark Certificate helps you to do this.
Your idea ownership gains another layer of protection when you opt to appear on PitchFeed. This sect