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Alt Legal IP News – Issue #212

Bri Van Til | October 27, 2020
2 min read


– How do overlapping trademarks and copyrights affect franchising in the comics industry?

– The TTAB ruled that British company Tiger Lily Ventures cannot trademark Lehman Brothers for whiskey because of the likelihood of confusion with the financial services firm.

– Computer company ACQIS is suing Lenovo for the alleged overlap between Lenovo’s computers and ACQIS’s patents.

Don’t Hate the Game Either!

– A University of Chicago assistant professor has created an online game for students to engage in collaborative research, but the terms of service are giving some pause.

– TikTok star Pokeprincxss had to rebrand after a suit from Nintendo.

Water You Talkin’ about?

– Nestle is selling off its water brands including Pure Life and Poland Spring, and Coca-Cola is discontinuing Zico, its coconut water brand.

– Rapper Cardi B has filed a trademark application for WAP for beverages, including bottled water (and booze).

– Apple has patented technology for underwater touchscreens.

Professional Concerns

– Inquire Abbott being trademark counsel for this pharmaceutical company.

– The Plus IP Firm is looking for a law clerk, so contact them if you think you’d be a good addition to the team.

– Pittsburgh Technical College is looking for chief legal counsel. Technically.

– Have an open role on your team? Send a link to your job listing to, and we’ll publish it in our next newsletter.

Odds and Ends

– Apparently Kanye West is trading in Make America Great for GOD SAVE AMERICA, at least according to his recent trademark filing.

– A tech company is suing Disney for patent and trademark infringement.

– Chinese tech company and online retailer Alibaba has been fined for attempting to register multiple coronavirus-related trademarks, including some referencing to Dr. Li Wenliang, a Wuhan doctor who issued early warnings about coronavirus.

– The Buffalo Bills have shocked and angered fans by filing a trademark application for BILLS MAFIA, the name of the team’s booster club.

– Alt Legal Connect is happening right now! I hope you’re hanging out with us. If you didn’t get a ticket, we’re sad we missed you, but you’ll be able to purchase access to the recordings soon! See the awesome schedule here.

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