MichelinMichelin, car tyre manufacturer settled its design patent infringement dispute over tyre tread designs with a Nashville-based repair company. The undisclosed settlement was signed by US District Judge Jon McCalla at the US District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee on Monday, September 11. McCalla dismissed the case with the mindset that the costs and attorney’s fees be borne by both the sides.

crocs3Moulded footwear company Crocs has requested sanctions against rival USA Dawgs in an ongoing trade dress dispute between the parties.

UK Intellectual Property OfficeThe UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) released “Facts and figures: patent, trade mark, design and hearing data: 2016”. Registered design applications jumped to 10,030 last year, compared with 6,472 in 2015, representing a 55% increase.Trademark filings rose significantly—from 58,627 in 2015 to 65,710 last year (12%).

Demo examtableIn the design journal published on the 7th of July 2017, an interesting design has been granted registration by the designs office, Kolkata. The design pertains to the design of a desk to be used in exams. The design no. 283654 is titled “Exam Desk” and has been registered under Class 06-03, which pertains to Tables and Similar furniture.

IITB BottleDevanshi Saxena, a pass out from the National Institute of Design, who is currently pursuing her masters in design from IIT Bombay has made a portable water purifier cum bottle to be used by the jawans in the Army.

Design RegistrationIn a public notice released on 5 September, 2016, the Office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks (hereinafter referred to as the ‘CGPDTM’), has intimated all stakeholders that in order to facilitate faster processing of applications for registration of designs, First Examination Reports (FER) and subsequent office communications shall be communicated in the e-mail or digital address of the applicant/agent as mentioned in the address of service for respective design applications wherever available.

GleeA Long Island couple alleges that an architect stole the blueprint of their one of a kind $1.4 million dream house to build a similar structure in the neighboring village. The couple have now filed a copyright infringement against the homeowners and their architects.

Shoes DesignOn June 21, Italian luxury footwear maker Aquazzura filed a petition at the Manhattan federal court alleging that Republican Party's presidential candidate, Donald Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump copied the company's design of a popular sandal.

appleOn May 10, a Chinese Intellectual Property Office ordered California based Apple Inc and its Chinese distributor Zhongfu Telecom to halt the sales of its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones in the country, after ruling that the company infringed the design patent of Shenzhen-based Baili which is suing Apple for copying the exterior design of its 100C mobile phone.

donnorman brucetognazziniIn a new article titled, "How Apple is giving Design a bad name", two former Apple designers have accused Apple of abandoning the design principles that made it what it is today.

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