Thomas Edison remains the poster child of American invention 89 years after his death.
Underwood & Underwood via the Library of Congress
The story of invention in America typically features larger-than-life caricatures of white men like Thomas Edison while largely ignoring the contributions of women and people of color.
How Banksy's glib response to a trademark challenge backfired and lost him a two-year legal battle.
Banksy’s merchandise “shop” in Croydon, London.
Forced into selling his own merchandise to stop others doing the same, the artist could end up facing other similar challenges because he trademarks rather than copyrights his artworks.
Erik Brunetti had good reason to be optimistic after the court heard his case in April.
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
The high court struck down a ban on trademarking 'immoral' or 'scandalous' words and symbols. A trademark scholar explains why that's a good thing.
A visitor enjoys the art of Banksy exhbition at the Mudec Museum in Milan.
Banksy's legal team has won an action to stop unauthorised products featuring his work alongside an Italian museum exhibition.
The Slants in concert/Tommy Byrd/Flickr
Have American companies just been given the green light to deploy "edgy" branding that goes way too far?
Northern bites not northern lights.
Can Iceland (the country) force Iceland (the supermarket) to give up its trademark?
Cheerleaders and smartphones are in the Supreme Court’s hands.
The Supreme Court is considering two cases stemming from the merger of design and function that could reshape intellectual property law. Can we protect innovation without impeding fair competition?
Official Olympics merch.
Olympic organizers are known for fiercely protecting their many related trademarks. It helps maintain their value – but to whose advantage?
Think twice before copying Tyson’s tattoo.
Copyright and trademark law mean that the body art inked into your skin may leave you open to an infringement lawsuit.
Famous face: but who owns it?
How to make a killing from famous faces.
Will the real Kylie please stand up?
EPA/Diego Azubel and Jimmy Morris; Joel Dimmock
An expert in copyright law explains who is better placed to win the trademark battle over the name "Kylie" – popstar Minogue or reality TV star Jenner.
Battleground. Chocolate firms try to keep you coming back for more.
Behind the scenes of your mid-morning treat is a fierce legal battle to protect market share and profits.
What’s in a name?
A federal court is considering whether the Asian-American rock band has a First Amendment right to the name, despite a law prohibiting disparaging trademarks.
TTIP has stumbled on a block of Feta, among other things.
The US may be closer than people think to a deal over geographical indications, laws that protect products based on their location such as Champagne, Darjeeling tea and prosciutto di Parma.
Getting a patent isn’t the only possible box to check when it comes to protecting IP.
Woman image via www.shutterstock.com.
When academics come up with a viable innovation, they need to figure out the best way to protect their intellectual property if they're going to bring it to market. Patents aren't always the answer.
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An EU court has ruled that Lego's iconic mini-figures are a protected trademark and so cannot be copied. Here's why.
The Rubik’s Cube has confounded millions of people, including myself since discovering it in my uncle’s house as a child. And now the iconic three-dimensional puzzle has been the subject of an EU ruling…
Converse is taking action to protect its famous All Star sneakers from alleged imitators. The product in question is the All Star Chuck Taylor shoe that was first marketed by Converse in 1917. The trainers…
Wigan was home to a thriving soul scene in the 1970s.
Some good news for soul music lovers from an unlikely source: a recent trademark decision by the UK’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO) sent a strong message that the iconography of the “northern soul…