By Sarah FischbacherThe US has been sued for copyright infringement over its use of a “Star Wars” character and a Star Wars movie logo, but there are some countries where the two are far apart.
In an article published on Monday, the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) argued that the use of the trademarked “Star Trek” and the “Star-Wars” logo constitutes copyright infringement, a claim that the UK is unlikely to win.
The UK has taken the lead in the international copyright battle, following the European Court of Justice’s decision last year to allow the EU to impose strict sanctions on Russia, China, and Iran for their alleged infringement of the EU’s Copyright Directive.
The EU has also blocked Russia from buying the rights to use the Star Trek trademark, saying it violated EU rules on fair dealing and implied licensing.
The US and China, meanwhile, have been fighting over the “Aquaman” film, which has been banned in the UK.
Both countries have been trying to have the UK and China block a number of foreign films that they consider to be too violent and pornographic.
The Intellectual Property Ombudsman’s Office (IPSO) has issued a list of countries where it considers copyright infringement to be possible, including countries such as China, Russia, and Saudi Arabia.
It lists China, which in June had its copyright infringement investigation sealed by the European Union for using copyrighted material in its films and television shows.
The European Court had ruled in June that the country did not have a “fair dealing” requirement for copyright protection.
The IPO argued that both countries have a strong record in protecting intellectual property, but the UK did not comply with the EU Directive when it used a trademarked name for the film.
In a separate ruling in July, the IPO said that it had been able to obtain the trademark “StarWars” from the US after “extensive litigation” by the UK’s Intellectual Property Commissioner, Jeremy Broadhurst.
But the UK failed to use its right to use an trademark to register the trademark.
The Intellectual Property Agency has also been unable to register trademarks on the movie “The Last Jedi” in the US, which was released in December.
In response to the IPOs ruling, the Intellectual Property Enforcement Bureau (IPEB) said that the IPHO’s approach is “a dangerous precedent that would allow UK IPOs to bypass copyright law by applying copyright law to intellectual property protected by a foreign state’s laws”.
The IPOA said that while the UK has a strong track record of using intellectual property law to protect intellectual property it does not follow the rule of law in its enforcement of copyright.
The IPSO also noted that the “The Star Wars” logo does not belong to the UK, but to China, rather than the EU.
It said that a number other countries are also taking advantage of this situation and are using the “copyright logo” as part of their trademark registrations.
It added that it believes that this practice of trademarking “Star” and “Star wars” infringes on IP rights and that it is unlikely the UK will win the case.