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Alt Legal IP News – Issue #103

Hannah Samendinger | August 28, 2018
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Sneaking Around

– “The Purge” creator is facing allegations of doctoring emails to establish an earlier creation date for his film.

– Sony is pushing back against a recent development in one of pop’s strangest conspiracy theories.

– Despite pledging openness, tech companies are racing to patent artificial intelligence technology.

– Innocent Chinese Americans are being accused of spying, often for stealing intellectual property or trade secrets, which has lasting and costly effects on their families and lives.

Pop Culture

– Disputes over Kardashian fan accounts on Instagram reveal that the sisters and their fans are confused about copyright law.

– Proctor and Gamble are seeking trademark registrations for “LOL,” “WTF,” and other text slang in connection with household cleaning products. Check out the applications, which all have pending office actions: LOLWTFNBDFML.

– Nickelodeon is opposing a 12-year-old’s trademark application for “Slime Princess.” She is already collecting donations for the legal fees to fight back.

Patents for the Future

– Despite conspiracy theory whisperings, the US government’s interest in cannabis patentsmay not be as sinister as some people think.

– The InterContinental Hotels Group just received a patent for their “guestroom of the future.”

– This is a great patent drawing for a coffee delivering drone.

 Odds and Ends

– Is this the logo for David Beckham’s new Miami soccer club?

– The organizers of Salt Lake City’s comic convention must pay nearly $4 million in attorney’s fees and costs to San Diego Comic-Con after losing a trademark infringement case.

– Expired internet domains for law firms that have merged, closed, or are winding down pose a significant cyber risk for the legal profession.

– A proposed NAFTA revision has created confusion about the length of the copyright term.

– Major universities are some of the fiercest trademark protectors.

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