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

Alt Legal IP News – Issue #44

Hannah Samendinger | June 27, 2017
2 min read

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I Have Something To Say

– United Airlines has won a copyright and trademark infringement suit against, a website cataloging complaints against the company from the past 20 years.

– Four of the top ten Supreme Court cases with the most amicus briefs are intellectual property cases.

– Ivanka Trump will testify in a trademark infringement case over her shoe design.

– How exactly is Facebook planning to detect our moods and emotions?

– John Oliver and HBO are the targets of a defamation suit following Oliver’s segment about the CEO of Murray Energy Corporation. Another one of his most well-known takedowns was the show’s piece on patent trolls.

Not Today

– Gene Simmons has already abandoned his trademark application for the devil horns hand gesture.

– Apple is missing some trademark applications. We have some ideas about why that might be the case.

– Following the recent Slants decision, there was a rush to file arguably scandalous applications. The USPTO released a Section 2(a) examination guide that might shed some light on the fate of these applications.

What a Picture

– A company has sued over 70 companies for allegedly infringing on their patent for picture menus. A court just threw out their patent.

– McMansion Hell, an architectural criticism blog, just received a cease and desist from Zillow for using photos from their site.

– A California couple is fighting to oppose Snapchat’s geofilter” trademark application.

Odds and Ends

– A South Korean architect is suing the designers of the Freedom Tower for infringing on his 1999 graduate thesis.

– A New York judge held that “no reasonable attorney” would have sued news organizations for broadcasting clips of childbirth from Facebook Live.

– Louboutin is back in court over their trademark red soles and, this case looks promising.

– Amazon filed a patent for a literal drone hive.

– Microsoft has a plan (and a patent) for stopping laptop thieves.

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