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Alt Legal IP News – Issue #28

Hannah Samendinger | March 07, 2017
2 min read

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All Kinds of Attorneys

– There are some names that pop up in IP over and over and over again. Here are the frequent filers to watch in 2017.

– The USPTO suspended a former Niro IP attorney for 18 months for patent litigation sanctions.

– While trademarks are intended to protect a brand, the owners of those trademarks occasionally become overprotective (which isn’t a great PR strategy).

– Adidas is very protective of their 3 stripe branding, so much so that in their complaint, Forever 21 said, “enough is enough.”

– What happens when you put your legal career on hold to go on a reality dating show?

The Fun Stuff

– Behind every great pastry invention, there’s a great lawyer.

– A trademark application was filed for one of the defining smells of many people’s childhood, Play-Doh.

– Japan just granted their first two trademarks for color palettes, one for an eraser and one for a convenience store.

Church, Government, and the Internet

– The UKIPO is speaking up against criticism to their recently proposed copyright bill.

– CIPO issued a massive amount in damages in their first major case involving the circumvention of technological protection measures.

– The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is claiming copyright infringement over content published by MormonLeaks.

– Being a YouTuber can come with high costs.

A Touch of Tech

– Apple and Google have an astounding number of patents between them. This infographichighlights the differences in their inventors.

– The Apple Terms and Conditions got a comical makeover. Maybe now people will actually read them.

– IBM received a patent for the out-of-office email response but promptly promised they won’t be enforcing it.

– 3D printing poses some interesting challenges in protecting IP.

– Nike recently announced a performance hijab for Muslim women athletes. There also is aforeign patent pending for a hijab that works with headphones and stethoscopes.

Odds and Ends

– The ACLU made some edits to the President’s Executive Order on immigration.

– The Indian IP Office flagged 25,000 filed applications as incomplete. There have also been several other recent changes to the Indian IP rules.

– What are the benefits of having a machine as a judge?

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