This blog covers FRESH and INTERESTING 21st century legal issues in a variety of areas including patent, trademark, copyright, IT, (social) media law, online piracy, and music law. You are welcome to post comments. You can email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Google News vs. the Federation of German Newspaper Publishers: Google "wins"
couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article about the conflict between Google News
and the Federation of German Newspaper Publishers (seehere). Today, the German
publishers have decided they will continue using it after all... (seehere).
Whether or not it was a waste of German parliament's time, some publishers aren't
still sure what they want.
It is a "victory" for Google; but also for online readers.
Fresh and interesting article posted by WIPR concerning a European patent for a "device for preparing a drink extracted from a capsule", owned by Ethical Coffee Company (ECC). As you all know, Nespresso machines brew espresso from coffee capsules, a type of pre-apportioned single-use container of ground coffee and flavorings. In the case at hand, ECC, a Swiss Company, also creating capsules compatible with Nespresso machines, is suing Nestlé, in Paris, for alleged patent infringement. In other words, ECC is not happy with the way Nestlé modified the Nespresso machines back in 2010, keeping competitors’ capsules out of them and, more importantly, violating the patented "harpoon mechanism".
about copyright rules for the digital age are rising. In the last quarter of 2017,
the European Commission (“EC”) has been pretty busy to step up the fight
against online piracy and counterfeiting; but online platforms also have a role
to play. Indeed, hundreds of thousands of movies, TV shows, software and books are
still available to download for free. In this article, we highlight some of the
new proposals aiming at protecting copyright and ensuring that illegal content
once taken down does not (too quickly) simply reappear.
does the Commission plan to step up the fight against counterfeiting and
from the copyright proposalreform adopted
in September 2016, the EC recently published a number of important IP documents:
paper on “Tackling Illegal
Content Online - Towards an enhanced responsibility of online platforms”; -A Communication
paper giving “Guidance on certain
aspects of Directive 2004/48/EC of the European Parliament and of the Cou…
Tech predictions for 2015 are all around: A smartphone-PC marriage, cyber attacks, the continuing rise of wearable technology (particularly smart watches), phablets, drones, Internet of Things (IoT), 3D printing, mobile payments system, etc. In sum, 2015 is going to be exciting!
But what about smartphones, more precisely, iPhone? It seems the iPhone generation is over. La boucle est bouclée. Most of the mobile trends to watch in 2015 articles are talking about everything related to mobile except a new iPhone... and that makes sense.
Let's take a closer look at the Apple iPhone timeline and evolution
And now at the Apple iPad timeline and evolution
And finally a closer look at the recent iDevices
Considering how big the iPhone 6 Plus is, a new iPhone 7 seems unlikely. A "super" mini iPad too. The iDevice generation is completed. And that's a good thing. Big improvements are sometimes better than small new evolutions. Or perhaps Apple is still hiding something revolutiona…