Alt Legal IP News – Issue #114
Justin Wickersham | November 13, 2018
Water Cooler Talk
– NASA patents aren’t just for use in space. They are also available to business owners.
– The USPTO named a new Deputy Director.
– Salesforce is going to try to use blockchain technology to identify spam emails.
– Lorde is alleging that Kanye and Kid Cudi stole her set design. Kanye’s set designer has refuted this claim by posting images of a similar set she designed in 2007.
– A diner is being sued for hosting live performances and karaoke without the proper licenses.
– 24-Carat Black were sampled by some of the world’s biggest artists, and they are still broke.
YouTube, Fake Money, & Jeff Koons
– YouTube has paid over $3 billion to copyright owners identified by their anti-piracy tool, Content ID.
– An Israeli bank was successful in their claims of copyright infringement against counterfeiters.
– A Paris court found Jeff Koons guilty of plagiarizing a 1985 ad campaign.
Odds and Ends
– The Girl Scouts are suing the Boy Scouts, who are soon to be the Scouts BSA.
– A new initiative by ChIPs is seeking gender parity in intellectual property practices by surveying the efforts being made to include and advance women.
– The US is teaming up with Taiwan to fight IP theft.
– The Acting Attorney General was previously involved with World Patent Marketing, a company that scammed thousands of dollars from inventors.