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Alt Legal IP News – Issue #19

Hannah Samendinger | January 03, 2017
2 min read

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The Big Bucks

– Pharmaceutical company Merck won $2.54 billion in royalties in a patent infringement suit over a Hep C drug.

– Run DMC is taking on Amazon and Walmart in a TM infringement suit for $50 million.

– A very valuable patent is set to expire in 2017.

The Stakes are High

– In a blow to patent trolls, a court held that attorneys who instigated frivolous litigation are personally responsible for paying the awarded attorney’s fees.

– A family is suing Apple for not implementing a technology the company patented that the family believes could have saved their daughter’s life.

– A California man has plead guilty to a trademark scam in which he defrauded 4,446 people out of $1.66 million.

Say Your Goodbyes

– Goodbye 2016, hello 2017. Check out this review of trademarks in 2016 and some thoughts on what lies ahead.

– Apple is wasting no time in the new year, kicking it off with 49 newly published patents.

– The death of Carrie Fisher is the latest celebrity death to raise questions about posthumous protection of a celebrity’s image and their characters.

Odds and Ends

– “You snooze you lose, you know?” A North Dakota bar owner used trademark law to his advantage, making a move for the title of the geographic center of North America.

– The FDA has given Del Monte the okay to sell genetically engineered pink pineapples, which they patented over a year ago.

– One clothing company owns more patents than Lockheed Martin, Pfizer, and Ford. But why?

– Reddit hoped to trademark the term “AMA” (Ask Me Anything), which is a popular interview format on their site. The USPTO responded with many reasons (and 46 attachments) why they wouldn’t allow the phrase to be trademarked.

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