The first week of July 2017 comes up with a paradigm in patent licensing when two global cellular technology leaders, Telecoms network equipment maker Nokia and Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi announced business collaboration and a multi-year patent agreement, including a cross-license to each company’s cellular standard-essential patents.
The British pop music sensation, Ed Sheeran, yet again faces charges of infringement as the successors of Marvin Gaye, sued him, claiming that his hit record “Thinking Out Loud” infringes the song “Let’s Get It On”, which was composed by Gaye. The law suit has been filed in the Southern District of New York. The successors of the singer have claimed that Ed Sheeran had copied key elements of the aforementioned music track in his own song.
This would mark the second complaint of copyright infringement against Ed Sheeran in the last few months, before this he was sued for his song “Photograph”. The present lawsuit against him is for damages. The grounds of infringement are on the harmonic progression and melodic elements of Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” formed the basic structure of the song “Thinking Out Loud”.