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Alt Legal IP News – Issue #106

Hannah Samendinger | September 18, 2018
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Looking for Answers

– What is the most significant unresolved legal issue in trademark licensing?

– Here is a video primer on why knockoffs are often legal and the ongoing fight against them.

–  This article about how police will solve murder on Mars raises several interesting jurisdictional questions. Some of those same jurisdictional questions apply to the creation of intellectual property in space.

Enforcement Options

– The German Supreme Court is seeking European guidance on a YouTube copyright ruling.

– When it comes to copyright infringement, is lawyering up always the right move?

– A poke restaurant’s trademark enforcement is not sitting well with native Hawaiian activists.

Put Your Guard Up

– What would a blockchain patent war look like?

– The moment of suspense when you drop your phone and carefully pick it up, bracing for a shattered screen, may become a thing of the past.

– Outrage over this patent caused an Amazon employee to assure the public that even bad ideas get submitted for patents.

 Odds and Ends

– The European Union approved their controversial copyright directive. The man behind the legislation was surprised by what was in the proposal.

– Could AI help patent examiners sift through ideas to determine what is truly new?

– The inventors of Gatorade have made quite a bit in royalties. The University of Florida is still making money off the drink as well, although they believe they shouldn’t have to share.

– Designers are protesting a new US policy that makes it more difficult to copyright typefaces.

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