Alt Legal IP News – Issue # 169
Bri Van Til | December 17, 2019
Block Chain Chain Chain
– Cisco and IBM have been granted patents to use blockchain to secure 5G data and prevent drone-enabled package theft, respectively.
– Meanwhile, the Italian Copyright office plans to use blockchain technology to handle copyright claims.
– In case you’re curious about patenting blockchain technologies, here’s a handy guide.
– Nike has been awarded a patent for CryptoKicks, shoes that use blockchain technology to track the shoes’ ownership and legitimacy.
– Similarly in the US, many of the Democratic candidates have proposed patent “take-backs” to reclaim drug patents and reduce costs for consumers.
– The USMCA recently passed. The bill originally contained language to grant 10-year patent protection for biologics, but Democrats removed the measure, saying it would increase drug costs.
– Did the HHS patent infringement suit against Gilead set a precedent for other drug companies?
– Is the Disney cultural monopoly something that mouse be addressed?
– Artists have started a movement, including using Mickey Mouse images, in an effort to halt copyright infringement.
– Keep the IP too close you cannot, Baby Yoda suggests.
Odds and Ends
– Impeachment-related trademark applications have been filed with the USPTO, but most have been rejected. Our favorite? Peach-flavored mints (you know, Impeachmints).
– The Supreme Court ruled that the USPTO cannot recoup USPTO attorneys’ salaries as part of the expenses for district court legislation.
– Read about how Jason Rosenblum’s experience working in his family’s men’s clothing store inspired him to become an IP attorney. Check out our most recent issue of Beyond the Docket!
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