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Your source for news, updates and guidance on all things trademarks and intellectual property.

Alt Legal IP News – Issue #36

Hannah Samendinger | May 02, 2017
2 min read

You can now subscribe to our podcast, Alt Trademarks, on iTunes and Google Play. Our latest episode features Jenny Odegard and Nakia Hansen of Odegard Law in Brooklyn, NY. We discuss designing a practice for creative clients and the legal challenges facing influencers.

Future Computers

– Ever wondered about Emoji law? Eric Goldman has prepared a comprehensive survey on emojis and how they will impact the law. He’d also love to hear your comments.

– There is now a keyboard for lawyers, or a Legalboard, if you will.

– The USPTO has downgraded PAIR’s encryption connection.

– Soon you may be able to charge your iPhone via wifi. Apple lawyers are also literally comparing apples to pears.

 When the Music Stops

– Eminem sued a New Zealand political party for use of one of his songs in a political ad, which the party said was only “Eminem-esque.”

– Fyre Festival made headlines this weekend for being quite a disaster, including a $100 million class action lawsuit for fraud and breach of contract. And for those familiar with the world of pitch decks, here are some slides from the organizers’ pitch deck.

– The Eagles are not too happy about the Hotel California that opened in Mexico.

– Abbott and Costello’s heirs have asked the Supreme Court to review a lower court’s decision that prevented them from suing over the unauthorized used of the famous “Who’s on First” routine in a Broadway play.

What Are You Wearing?

– Balenciaga released a new handbag that will cost you $2,145. It’s also a replica of an Ikea shopping bag.

– A “turned welt” is at the center of a bra patent dispute.

– In Switzerland, Louboutin lost the fight over its signature red sole.

Odds and Ends

– The USPTO is one place that often reflects current trends. The latest? Fidget spinners.

– Halo Farm is suing Halo Top ice cream for having a confusingly similar name.

– A recent decision held PTAB accountable for justifying each of its obviousness conclusions.

– The US International Trade Commission is investigating alleged patent violations by Honda, Toyota, BMW, and others.

– Khloe Kardashian was sued for copyright infringement after posting a picture of herself on Instagram.

– The Ninth Circuit ruled that the glass ceiling is protected by circular logic.

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