Alt Legal IP News – Issue #136
Justin Wickersham | April 23, 2019
On the Younger Side
– While the answer to the headline question may be fairly obvious, this is an interesting in-depth breakdown of the value of a celebrity’s trademark registrations.
– Above the Law conducted a millennial attorney survey. The survey found that “45% of women strongly agree that law firm culture is sexist, compared to 14% of men.”
– Off-White settled a dispute with a children’s store over mini counterfeits.
Have Some Fun
– Soon you’ll be able to paint masterpieces on your iPad.
– Do patent attorneys have more fun?
– Check out the hidden history of the Magic Eye, a popular optical illusion. In Magic Eye’s heydey, the company licensed works to Disney, Looney Tunes, and eye doctors.
See You in Court
– If you still haven’t caught up on the oral arguments from Iancu v. Brunetti, SCOTUS Blog has a good audio summary.
– A photographer is suing Clorox and McGarryBowen for misuse of her “cats on glass” photographs.
– The man behind “Lady Marmalade” filed a $20 million lawsuit against Sony for allegedly buying rights to his songs without his consent and failing to pay out royalties.
Odds and Ends
– Nike is seeking a trademark registration for the word “footware.”
– Some copyright filters in the EU are automatically taking down copies of the Mueller Report.
– Lawyers are using political grounds to challenge rules requiring payment of dues to their state bars.
– This is an interesting long read on “selfmarks,“ personal brand identifiers protected as trademarks.