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

Alt Legal IP News – Issue # 166

Bri Van Til | November 26, 2019
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Yes, We Cannabis

– Here’s a primer on branding and packaging restrictions for Canadian cannabis companies.

– A Canadian company has been granted patents in the US and other countries for extraction of CBD and THC.

Drake filed a US trademark application for the Canadian cannabis warning label, but the USPTO put on the brakes.

– Interested in the intersection of cannabis and trademarks? Shabnam Malek and Amanda Conley of Brand and Branch will offer a joint session on this hot topic at Alt Legal Connect!

All the TMs (and other IP) in China

– A congressional report in part blames the FBI for failing to prevent Chinese IP theft. The FBI seems to agree.

– A Chinese national resigned from his position at Monsanto and was caught trying to flee the country with the company’s trade secrets.

– As part of trade negotiations, China announced that it will crack down on IP theft, but there are caveats.

A Love-Hate Relationship

Mary Kay is suing Ulta because they want to be the only company that loves lashes.

– Taylor Swift is being sued (again) for copyright infringement for including “haters gonna hate” and “players gonna play” in her song lyrics.

– Anti-Brexit group Led by Donkeys registered and is demanding a million pounds to release it to Nigel Farage and the Brexit Party.

Odds and Ends

– PTAB just published a handy trial guide.

– They’re coming for your jobs: the USPTO just issued a patent for an AI-assisted contract review tool.

– The latest in the OK Boomer saga: Fox Media apparently wants to turn the meme into a reality TV show.

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