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Alt Legal IP News #109

Justin Wickersham | October 09, 2018
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Popular with the Kids

– Toys “R” Us’s planned intellectual property auction garnered attention for some of its domain names up for sale. The auction has been called off in favor of reorganization.

– Soon your phone could be a Gameboy.

– Juul, the company behind the e-cigarette that is alarmingly popular with teens, filed a patent infringement lawsuit against 18 other e-cig makers. The company previously filed a lawsuit against 30 companies for trademark infringement.

At Odds

– In 1914, a man was granted a patent for technology credited with saving hundreds of lives during WWI. That patent has created more frustration than joy for his descendants.

– Jimmy Page and Robert Plant may not be off the hook for copyright infringement in “Stairway to Heaven” after all.

– A probate court dealing with James Brown’s estate is entangled in a “12-year fight over bigamy, DNA tests, and copyright law.”

Don’t Say That

– Vogue’s parent company is taking 26-year old designer and activist Nareasha Willis to court over her Black Vogue fashion line.

– The billionaire founder of easyJet is suing Netflix over the show “Easy,” claiming the name infringes his European trademark rights.

– MoMa won a preliminary injunction against MoMaCha in their ongoing trademark infringement lawsuit.

 Odds and Ends

– Bumble is asking to have Tinder’s patents invalidated. Despite this ongoing dispute, the CEO of Match, which owns Tinder, says she admires Bumble.

– What happens when you purchase a painting for £1.042m and it self-destructs immediately after?

– A solo engineer stepped into the middle of the Waymo v. Uber battle, preparing a 101-page presentation that ultimately won the USPTO’s approval.

– A Cleveland Cavaliers’ guard has been notified that he may be fined for every game that he fails to cover up a new tattoo because of potential conflict with existing sponsorship agreements.

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