Alt Legal IP News – Issue #46
Hannah Samendinger | July 18, 2017
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You Might Be In Trouble
– Blue Apron is not having a good week. After Amazon filed a trademark application for their own meal kit service, Blue Apron’s stock plummeted.
– As part of a FOIA suit against ICE, Rebecca Tushnet discovered something interesting: the NFL has instructed ICE to seize not only counterfeits but also parody products.
– Over 22,000 people agreed to a wifi company’s Terms of Service, including a provision requiring 1,000 hours of community service.
– The Game of Thrones characters should lawyer up.
– A British company received a patent for “cancer vaccines” technology, which they believe has the potential to be a permanent cure.
– An appeals court stuck the winner of the not-so-coveted “Stupid Patent of the Month” with $43,000 in legal fees.
– Another company, who has pursued at least 315 cases based on a shipping and tracking patent, was ordered to pay over $36,000 in legal fees.
– Fujifilm is being sued for infringement of mammogram technology.
– The first “robot lawyer” is now available in all 50 states.
– Amazon Web Services dropped a controversial patent clause from their user agreement, while adding in language that protects users from patent suits targeting their technology.
Odds and Ends
– Did the State Dept. attempt to start a fake intellectual property Twitter feud?
– Nuns have received trademark protection for the design of Mother Theresa’s signature sari.
– The New York Times published a tragic but important read about a prominent IP attorney and his battle with addiction.
– National Ice Cream Day was this weekend. One of the earliest ice cream related trademark cases began in 1842.