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Your source for news, updates and guidance on all things trademarks and intellectual property.

Alt Legal IP News – Issue #122

Justin Wickersham | January 15, 2019
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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.

Secret Sauce

– 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.

Copyright Week

– 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.

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