Alt Legal IP News – Issue #132
Justin Wickersham | March 26, 2019
The Wide World of Sports
– Spanish soccer club Valencia is being targeted by DC Comics, who claims their club logo for being too similar to the Batman symbol.
– Could the city of Baltimore forcefully acquire Preakness trademarks to keep the famous horse race in the city?
– March Madness is more than just brackets; the NCAA has more than two dozen trademarks related to the month-long basketball tournament.
– A strawberry breeder who was found to have committed willful patent infringement in 2017 is in another legal jam after being sued in a second strawberry-related case.
– Food providers and companies are using blockchain technology to prevent the distribution of counterfeit olive oils, whiskeys, and other food products.
– Herbalists are asking the courts to determine who has the right to sell fire cider and to use the term “fire cider.”
Crime and Punishment
– A startup company that was once at the center of an investment fraud investigation has changed its name and is focusing on enforcing its large patent portfolio.
– Tesla has filed a lawsuit against a former engineer for stealing data and taking it to a Chinese autonomous-vehicle company.
– Intellectual property theft is becoming a worldwide problem.
Odds and Ends
– Alt Legal is going to California! Check out some of the networking events and happy hours we will be hosting next week!
– Cardi B has filed a trademark application to register her signature phrase “OKURRR.”
– If you take a picture of the new Hudson Yards Vessel in New York, you agree to hand over the picture’s copyright to the building’s owners.