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Alt Legal IP News – Issue #104

Hannah Samendinger | September 04, 2018
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Iconic Women

– 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.

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