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

Alt Legal IP News – Issue #140

Justin Wickersham | May 28, 2019
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Famous People

– In the wake of rapper and activist Nipsey Hussle’s death, the Crips are seeking a trademark registration for one of his slogans.

– Kim and Kanye never wait long to file a trademark application for their baby names.

– Cardi B called out TMZ for using a recently filed trademark application to stir up speculation about her upcoming projects.

Copyright Corner

– A Texas school district has been ordered to pay $9.2 million for copyright infringement.

– Two decades after their hit song came out, the Verve may start to finally receive royalties for their song “Bittersweet Symphony.”

– The lawsuit between the creator of Pepe the Frog and Infowars will go to trial.

– DC Comics lost a copyright infringement suit against an Indonesian snack company.

Big Brands

– Ai Wei-Wei, a Chinese artist, is suing Volkswagen for including his work in one of their ads.

– Dyson may be getting into the car business.

– Amazon may be recording you, even before you say “Alexa.”

 Odds and Ends

– A serial rapist in China used a doctored manhole cover patent to help him escape from prison.

– The Supreme Court recently decided that a trademark licensor in bankruptcy cannot prevent a licensee from continuing to operate under the license.

– A satirical Canadian website has been ordered to pay $23,000 for trademark infringement.

– A cannabis trademark dispute highlights deeper problems of gender and leadership in the industry.

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