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Alt Legal IP News – Issue #22

Hannah Samendinger | January 24, 2017
2 min read

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Trolls Will Be Trolls

– A South Beach firm has sued for copyright infringement over the use of a picture of a bowl of black beans, citing the $8,000 fee they requested as “reasonable.”

– The latest person standing up to patent trolls? Kate Hudson (or at least her “fabletics” company).

– The original patent troll firm is shutting down and starting anew.

A Trekkie, a Quarterback and a Cake Maker

– A settlement in a copyright case, means a Star Trek fan film can resume production (as long as it remains a “fan film”).

– Did the cake at the inauguration look familiar to you? It was a striking replica of Obama’s cake from the 2012 inauguration. But is a cake design protected by copyright?

– If you know anyone from Texas, you know they love their football (Hook ’em!). Texas A&M is facing a lawsuit after they published the story of the original 12th man without permission.

Alternative IP

– Trump’s administration has introduced a new concept called “alternative facts.” Consequently several individual filed trademarks that are a form of “alternative flattery.”

– The question everyone wants answered: Will she stay or will she go?

– Many changes have already been set in motion by the new administration. What is in store for the trademark community?

Odds and Ends

– Everyone loves Girl Scout cookies, including individuals partial to munchies. But the Girl Scouts have put an end to the informal relationship between their cookies and marijuana branding.

– Just for fun: A sketch from this week’s episode of SNL pokes fun at the fact that not all lawyers are created equal.

– The Slants case has kicked off at the Supreme Court. The oral argument is an interesting read. Here is a highlight of the key questions raised in case you don’t have time to read the entire argument.

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