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Insights, Uncategorized / 28.06.2016

By Theresa A. Rakocy & Rachel A. Smoot For the past four decades, Led Zeppelin has proven itself a pioneer of rock and roll, cementing its place in history with such hits as “Whole Lotta Love,” “Black Dog,” “Kashmir,” and - arguably rock and roll’s greatest hit – “Stairway to Heaven.” Released in 1971, “Stairway to Heaven” was the most requested song on FM radio stations in the United States during that decade. Over forty years later, “Stairway to Heaven” is still making waves, albeit legal ones, rather than radio waves. In May 2014, Michael Skidmore, the trustee for the Randy Craig Wolfe Trust filed suit against Led Zeppelin and Warner Music Group Corporation, alleging copyright infringement (among other charges) of “Stairway to Heaven.” Randy Craig Wolfe, also known as a Randy California, was a member of the musical group Spirit, which existed and toured on occasion with Led Zeppelin. One of...

Insights, Uncategorized / 24.06.2016

For the time being, your IP rights registered in Europe will remain unaffected. We must emphasize that the referendum is advisory rather than mandatory and will take two years or more to implement. This two year period of implementation does not even begin until the UK actually files to withdraw which may be many months away. Your European patent rights will not change in any way. The European Patent Office is not an EU institution and is unaffected by the UK exit from the EU. Existing European Trade Marks will be enforced in the UK as usual until the UK officially leaves the EU. When the exit occurs in two or more years, your European Trade Mark or Registered Community Design will no longer provide protection in the UK. At the moment, whether or not the UK will pass regulations to convert these registrations to UK national...