Alt Legal IP News – Issue #104
Bri Van Til | September 04, 2018
– A judge shed light on the true owner of Marilyn Monroe’s iconic final photos.
– Who will prevail in the dispute over a “Wander Woman” trademark application?
– These three women beat the odds to become award-winning inventors.
Different Kinds of Characters
– Without any definitive case law, the legality of cosplay is a bit murky.
– What are the legal issues surrounding emojis? This podcast episode explores the various intersections of emoji and the law.
– A new typeface plays with corporate identities by pulling elements from 76 corporate logos.
Food & Drink
– We owe all of our unbroken eggs to these inventors.
– Some sparkling water brands are using trademarks that “lack any suggestive, inherently distinct sparkle.”
– Monsta Pizza was victorious against Monster Energy’s claims of likelihood of confusion.
Odds and Ends
– The USPTO issued an interesting trademark registration for this configuration of a stump, nails, and hammer.
– Heading to Berlin in October? Check out the 100 Years of Copyright festival.
– Copyright law could stop 3D printed guns. Should it?
– Benjamin T. Montgomery tried to patent a new propeller for steamboats in 1864 but the Patent Office denied him because he was enslaved. Read more about his story here.
– A German music professor did an experiment to test automatic takedown systems, revealing the automation often didn’t work.