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Alt Legal IP News – Issue #15

Hannah Samendinger | November 29, 2016
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More Copyright, More Infringement

– Any copyright holder can submit a DMCA takedown notice to Google. How many were submitted in the past 12 months? Over a billion.

– A proposed UK law threatens to wreck havoc on the replica design furniture industry.

– Could you “gamify” copyright infringement detection?

Those Things Will Rot Your Teeth

– KitKat lost another battle over the distinctiveness of the shape of their candy bar.

– Splenda is taking Dunkin’ Donuts to court over lookalike sweeteners.

– Need to brush that sugar off? Dyson might be developing a new super toothbrush. Check out the patent here.

Take it to the Top

– The UK announced that they will ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement despite Brexit.

– Frozen food retailer Iceland is set to meet with the Icelandic government about their trademark.

– Two of the top global entertainment and TV providers are licensing their IP to each other.

Odds and Ends

– Instagram is opposing a Microsoft trademark, claiming the rights to “gram” as a suffix. They aren’t the first company to claim rights in a prefix or suffix, as some of Facebook’s TTAB disputes highlight.

– Remember the Slants case? The ABA has filed an amicus brief seeking to correct principles of trademark law that they believe the court of appeals got wrong.

– The Fashion Law blog poses an interesting question- Are there benefits to the practice of knockoffs?

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