Kim Kardashian’s skin care brand SKKN called out for similarities to two existing brand names - SKKN+ and SKN by LH
SKKN by KIM, Kim Kardashian's recently launched skincare brand has been accused of stealing its name from two already existing beauty brands SKKN+ and Lori Harvey's skincare line SKN by LH.
In July 2021, Kardashian’s legal team received a cease-and-desist from a company, Beauty Concepts LLC, whose owner Cyndie Lunsford claimed that she has been operating salons under
Did Nike really come up with the 'Ballin' concept, or was it Adobe Bryant who pitched it to them?
Graphic designer Landon T. Jones has filed an idea theft suit against Nike for stealing his design for the NCAA’s “March Madness” promotional campaign.
Jones, aka Adobe Bryant, claims to have pitched his idea to Nike’s marketing executive in April 2020 by providing a Dropbox link.
He further claims that the executive looked at the deck multiple times, but never contacted him to approve or re
Can IP laws protect your work from being ripped off when evolving technologies are constantly changing the rules of the game?
Content creation is at an all-time high due to platforms such as Meta, TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube, and the advent of new technologies such as NFTs has brought all kinds of challenges for IP lawyers when it comes to protecting your innovations or creations.
World Intellectual Property Day is an annual event that is celebrated on April 26. The theme of this year’s event was “IP and Youth:
Comedian Amy Schumer called out for stealing a joke at Oscars, but says "I'm funny enough, I don’t need to steal shit."
Amy Schumer has been accused of plagiarizing a joke from Twitter for her Oscars opening speech.
In her monologue, Schumer said: "Leonardo DiCaprio, what can I say about him? He has done so much to fight climate change and leave behind a cleaner, greener planet for his girlfriends. Because he's older and they are younger. Okay, you get it.”
The joke triggered huge laughs in the audience. Howe
Advertising agency accuses Coinbase of idea theft
The US-based cryptocurrency exchange platform Coinbase’s 60-second super bowl ad was a massive hit, but it was accused of copying someone else’s idea without giving credit to the company that came up with the concept.
In February, the exchange aired a simple colorful QR code that floated on the screen for a minute which could be scanned to redeem $15 worth of free Bitcoin and a chance to win US
Singapore association launches guide to best practices in pitching
Here’s a subject close to the hearts of all innovators whose livelihoods depend on successfully pitching their original ideas to potential clients — what are some key guidelines that can make productive working relationships more likely?
To address this issue, the Association of Advertising and Marketing Singapore (AAMS) and global marketing consultancy R3 have developed a Pitch Best Practices
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
PitchMark calls for fundamental rethink of Intellectual Property value among creators and their clients
In a digital world, where economic value is created before products are manufactured and before services are executed, the value of IP should get much greater emphasis than is currently the case. Ironically, this is often least appreciated by the innovators who create this value, especially when they pitch their ideas to prospective clients and investors.
Fortnite developer sued by Creators of dance moves
A rapper named 2Milly is claiming the video game Fortnite is copying his signature dance move and selling it, and he is suing the game’s developer Epic Games. In the lawsuit, 2Milly claims Epic Games is using his “Milly Rock” dance move and profiting from it by turning it into an in-game Emote called “Swipe It”. Emotes are dances that players can use in the game to express themselves.
You get a ...lawsuit! - Oprah Winfrey network shows sued
Actress Amber Brenner has filed a federal lawsuit and cited Oprah’s OWN network, along with screenwriters and producers Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, as the defendants.
“Sorry” is the most expensive song to play
Singer Nicki Minaj is being sued for copyright infringement by Tracy Chapman over a song with a rather apt title: “Sorry”. Tracy Chapman, a singer-songwriter who is famous for her ‘80s hits Fast Car and Baby Can I Hold You, said Minaj sampled her song Baby Can I Hold You without permission.
Kanye lifts someone’s concept art for the iPlane idea
Kanye West, a rapper and businessman seems to have lifted someone’s design, even if it was just a flash of an idea in a passing remark to President Donald Trump. He showed the president, a picture on his phone of what he called the iPlane 1, a hydrogen-powered plane that should replace Air Force One.
App designer accuses MTR: Please stand back from the ideas
Hong Kong's MTR refutes allegations by an app designer that it stole their ideas. Promised to call them to clear things up.
Bagging a tea slogan lands agency in hot water
The Malaysian branch of major international advertising agency TBWA has found itself infused in hot water over claims a slogan for a bubble tea franchise was copied from a local motorcycling lifestyle brand.
The slogan "Never fear the strong. Especially strong tea" was recently adopted by Tealife in a major rebranding exercise (forced upon owner Loob Holdings by a dispute dubbed the "bubble tea
The corrupting power of idea theft
Even politics is not immune to idea theft. While political parties generally try to attract voters by being different from other parties, sometimes adopting the policies of others and calling them your own is a better strategy.
Stealing ideas for TV shows - that’s reality!
Good ideas can make or break a TV show - especially in reality TV. So it's no wonder writers are tempted to copy ideas from already successful shows. But does that make it right?
After 25 years, a fly in U2’s anointment
Rock band U2 is being sued by guitarist Paul Rose for ripping off his sound for their hit track The Fly.
Pitch fees: don’t bank on them
Advertising agencies have long asked prospective clients to pay pitch fees, to compensate them for the time and effort that goes into creating pitches - even if they end up unsuccessful. Singapore's Central Provident Fund is now offering such fees. In general, we don't advocate pitch fees because it could reduce your claim to compensation if you lose a pitch, but your ideas are used anyway.