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Information from Intellectual Property Center at the UNWE. More information can be found here

A lawsuit awakens – a case regarding BB-8 robot from Star Wars

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WIPR reports about a lawsuit which regards the BB-8 robot from “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens”.

The US company Sphero has developed a patented technology for user-controlled, self-propelled sphere robots, which has been selling by the company since 2011.

In 2014 Sphero started negotiations with Disney and receive a license to use the character of  BB-8 robot from the Star Wars series.

In 2016 the company discovered that the Canadian based toy manufacturer Spin Master had a prototype for the same toy robot that presumably used its technology. Based on this Sphero initiated a lawsuit in New York for patent infringement.

This case is interesting and indicative of the importance of intellectual property rights and their proper management. In the case at hand, we have copyrights over the original character from the movie, owned by Disney. Some trademarks and industrial designs can be added too.

On the other hand, we have a patent over the technology implemented in the end product.

Based on this bundle of rights, the relevant merchandising strategy can be very useful and profitable for the right holders giving them a serious market advantage over their competitors.

 

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Information from Intellectual Property Center at the UNWE. More information can be found here

New lower fees from the Bulgarian Patent Office

BG-znameThe Bulgarian Patent Office reports about the fact that the fees for 19 different services, offered by the Office, will be eliminated. What’s more, another 44 fees will be reduced by some percentage.

The Office reminds that small and middle-sized companies can benefit from the 50% reduced fees for patent search services.

The new fees will come into force after their publication in the Bulgarian State Gazette.

Michelle Lee won’t stay as USPTO Director

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The USPTO announced the fact that its Director Michelle Lee will step down. This comes as a slight surprise taking into account the rumors in the last months which suggested an opposite outcome.

 Wilbur Ross, the US secretary of commerce commented: “As the first woman in our country’s history to serve as director of the USPTO, Michelle has worked tirelessly to serve our stakeholders and the American public. We wish her well in her next endeavor”

Source WIPR.

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Information from Intellectual Property Center at the UNWE. More information can be found here