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Alt Legal IP News – Issue #121

Justin Wickersham | January 08, 2019
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High Court

– Justice Alito has unrecused himself, which he has previously done nine times, in the ongoing Oracle copyright case.

– The Supreme Court has two copyright cases on their January argument calendar. One will try to resolve when registration of a copyright claim has “been made.”

– The Court will also hear a trademark case, Iancu v. Brunetti, to decide if trademark protection can be denied to scandalous or immoral brands.

Cultivating a Look

– Apple may start making smart fabric.

– Athletes’ tattoos are causing problems for video game developers. The ongoing NBA 2K case offers two interesting arguments on the issue. We’ve also written about this issue on our blog!

– An IP office scoffed at Cartier’s attempt to register “love” as a trademark in connection with the sale of their signature bracelets.

New Frontiers

– The Farm Bill 2018 created new intellectual property protection for asexually reproduced plants.

– Cannabis IP patents have doubled in the last decade.

– Many companies may race to patent AI in 2019, and, so far, Microsoft is winning.

 Odds and Ends

– Looking to make some trademark resolutions in 2019? Here are some ideas.

– Recycling patents can help companies innovate.

– Due to an ongoing patent battle with Qualcomm, Apple must stop selling iPhones 7 and 8 in Germany.

– A copyright infringement case against Ed Sheeran for allegedly copying “Let’s Get It On” is headed to a jury.

– PopSugar’s twinning app has been very popular on social media. But how many people read the terms of service before submitting a selfie?

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