The Batmobile, A Monkey Selfie and the Lindt Gold Bear – Today’s Interesting IP


Ok, so the BIG news over the last 24 hours has been the ruling relating to Data Protection, Facebook, Ireland and the Safe Harbour Rules – See HERE

There was more big news yesterday when Happy Birthday hit the headlines again! I’ve posted about this a few times recently, but the decision was handed down yesterday, and you can now sing Happy Birthday to your hearts content!

In other news:

Sean Penn is suing for defamation for $10m –

To the Batmobile! To the Copyright Depository! To the Courts! The batmobile is the subject of a copyright claim –

Bat Mobile. Special Presentation of Cars Used in Movie's and Television. Friday, May 30th, 2003 in New York. Photo by Jennifer Graylock
Photo by Jennifer Graylock

Remember the monkey selfie? Well PETA are now suing on behalf of the monkey (yes seriously) claiming that it owns copyright in the image.


There was  2,272 IP crimes reported to Crimestopper last year –

How Data Protection is hampering the Red Cross –

Former Employees and your IP – Smule sues –

Your lindt Gold Bears are safe! Haribo sued them, but they lost – and and


About the author 

Brian Conroy

I am a Trademark, Corporate and Commercial Litigation Solicitor with a background in the media industry. I specialise in Data Protection, Media, and Intellectual Property Law, both contentious and non-contentious. I trained with McCann FitzGerald in Dublin, and spent 13 years working within the Denis O'Brien owned Communicorp Group of radio stations. For further information or to arrange a consultation or call back phone Leman Solicitors on 01 6393000

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