Alt Legal IP News – Issue #28
Alt Legal Team | March 07, 2017
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All Kinds of Attorneys
– 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.
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?