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Alt Legal IP News – Issue #20

Hannah Samendinger | January 10, 2017
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High Brow / Low Brow

– On the heels of Michael Jordan’s Chinese trademark victory, BMW has also won in the Chinese IP court.

– Louis Vuitton lost a nearly two year long battle with a tote bag company after a court found that mimicking the LV mark didn’t support an infringement claim.

– Jagermeister holds several trademarks but the company is using one to oppose a new basketball logo.


– Artificial intelligence is here to stay but how much will it really change IP in the next 25 years?

–  One startup is using machine learning to identify logos that might be too similar to your own.

– Who owns the rights to IP in the age of AI?

Snap It, Post It, Like It

– Can you guess which IP firms are most active on social media?

– A lawyer rewrote the Instagram terms of service so that even a child could understand their rights. One child’s reaction? “I’m deleting Instagram because it’s weird.” Starts on page 10.

Odds and Ends

– Harley Davidson is suing Urban Outfitters over “reconstructed bodysuits,” some made from Harley garments.

– As we have covered before, cannabis businesses have a difficult time getting rights to their IP. But some companies are just repurposing popular IP for their brands.

– Is there really iron in your cereal? Yes, as you can see in this video. Of course, there’s a patent for that.

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