Alt Legal IP News – Issue #122
Justin Wickersham | January 15, 2019
Top of the News
– The publisher of the Choose Your Own Adventure book series is alleging Netflix’s new movie, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, infringes the publisher’s trademarks.
– A jury stripped the Mongols biker gang of the trademark registration for the group’s logo.
– McDonald’s lost their Big Mac trademark registration in the EU following a dispute with an Irish restaurant chain.
– The Internet of Things has some interesting uses in the food industry.
– Who knew that glitter is such a secretive industry?
– Carla’s Crazy Crunch is facing an uphill battle against Nestle, but their trademark dispute has had some positive side effects.
– For those celebrating, it is copyright week.
– The effects of last year’s changes to Australia’s copyright laws are beginning to show.
– Criticism is often fair use, but sometimes copyright can shut down criticism.
Odds and Ends
– Will software patents make a comeback?
– IBM received the most patents in 2018, making it the 26th year they have been the top US patent holder.
– Celebrity “creative directors” can create interesting intellectual property and advertising considerations.
– Deepfakes are being used to terrorize women online. Intellectual property laws may be able to help.