Alt Legal IP News – Issue #37
Alt Legal Team | May 09, 2017
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Eat It Up
– Walmart is following in the footsteps of Amazon Dash, filing a patent application for a product that would automatically reorder your groceries for you.
– A strawberry scientist is being sued over the fruits of his research.
– A North Dakota distillery has won the fight to use Glen in their scotch name, despite concerns from the makers of Glenlivet.
You Made That?
– Last week I linked to an article about the rise in IP related to fidget spinners. The inventor had a patent on the product for 8 years, until she couldn’t afford to pay the renewal fee.
– The inventor of the hoverboard isn’t bitter about his many copycats.
– A student was sued for using a stock photo in an ad mockup, seven years after he created the ad.
– Patent applications reveal that Snapchat is getting in on the augmented reality craze.
– Soon drones will embrace the concept of teamwork.
A Changing Landscape
– Alexa learned a new trick: “Alexa, track my time.”
– Shockingly, a lawyer who responded to his client’s Facebook inquiries with “relax” has been suspended.
Odds and Ends
– The Acting Solicitor General has weighed in on copyright law in the Prince case currently before the Supreme Court.
– Here is an interesting read on how nerdy t-shirts continue to exist amongst the web of existing IP rights.
– Hackers are stealing celebrities’ IP by exploiting weak links in their vendor chains.
– To get you in the Mother’s Day spirit, here are 10 trademark cases about Yo Mama.