Alt Legal IP News – Issue #23
Hannah Samendinger | January 31, 2017
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Pick Your Vice
– “The details are a bit hazy” but a patent application reveals that Apple is venturing into the vape market.
– Jose Cuervo launched an unsuccessful campaign to block a wine trademark in South Africa.
– Washington just saw its first state level trademark infringement lawsuit over cannabis trademarks, which rely heavily on state level protection.
– More craft breweries mean more craft beer trademark infringement lawsuits. The latest is over a variety of hard root beer.
– Is PTAB holding weapons of mass destruction?
– Apparently the richest people in Silicon Valley are preparing for the apocalypse. Thispatent reveals that some inventors might have similar ideas.
– Frito-Lay has really outdone themselves with their latest product, which provides you with an answer before you even utilize the tech. Frito-Lay has many patents and some highlights include expanded nuts, a sustainable way to deal with citrus peels, and ridges!
The Man in the White House
– An insurance company in South Carolina is looking to capitalize on Trump’s promises to gut the Affordable Care Act by filing for a “Trumpcare” trademark.”
– Later today, Trump will announce his Supreme Court nominee. Where do each of the nominees stand on IP?
– The Copyright Alliance is wasting no time lobbying Trump. At least one author believes that their wishes are dangerous.
Odds and Ends
– A New Delhi court rejected Ikea’s claims that the phonetically similar Aikya infringed on their trademark.
– Our CEO, Nehal Madhani, was featured in Above the Law after winning the alt.legal Innovation Awards.
– A member of the Persuasions is taking an interesting approach in his lawsuit against Apple for the use of his voice in a new commercial.
– Forever 21 has instigated an ironic lawsuit.
– Lawyers showed up (in amazing numbers).