Apple v Amazon over the ‘App Store’

Last week news broke that Apple is taking legal action against Amazon over the latter’s forthcoming opening of its “Appstore for Android“.  Apple argued it constituted trade mark infringement of its well known iOS “App Store“. I spoke with Pocketgamer.biz about what all this means – here’s the article reproduced below: “Apple’s move to block Amazon’s… Continue reading Apple v Amazon over the ‘App Store’

The 2011 UK Budget and the games industry

The UK Government has just published its 2011 budget, which contains a pretty mixed bag for the games industry.  This is what my colleague Cliona Kirby of Olswang had to say about it: “A lot of mixed messages in today’s Budget for the games industry. The proposal to significantly improve EIS and VCT reliefs, in particular, by… Continue reading The 2011 UK Budget and the games industry

Demystifying Trade Marks and Games

Trade marks are one of the most important ways to protect a game legally, but they are frequently misunderstood – as much through ignorance as anything else.  So, this post explains what trade marks are, what they do, when you can protect them and when you can’t. Usual caveat applies: this post just signposts some of the key… Continue reading Demystifying Trade Marks and Games

LG vs Sony: court battle over PS3 seizures due tomorrow

UPDATE: Sony was able to lift apparently all restrictions against it and LG was ordered to pay it substantial damages.  More here. Sony and LG are set to go to court in Holland tomorrow over a court order apparently obtained last week by LG for the seizure of reportedly tens of thousands of PlayStation 3s.  This… Continue reading LG vs Sony: court battle over PS3 seizures due tomorrow

Analysis: the LG vs Sony PS3 lawsuit

The big news in the console world last week was LG obtaining a temporary ban on the importation of PlayStation 3s into Europe. I spoke with BBC Radio 4 about this issue (you can listen here at 42 mins if you’re keen!) and wrote a feature on Gamesindustry.biz, now reproduced below: SUMMARY This case is… Continue reading Analysis: the LG vs Sony PS3 lawsuit