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

Alt Legal IP News – Issue #60

Bri Van Til | October 26, 2017
2 min read

Check out our latest episode of Alt Trademarks. I spoke with Erik Pelton about his unique practice, being an examiner, and mentoring young attorneys. Check out the episode here (be sure to check out his new website too).

What a Character

– A judge affirmed his initial ruling against Lions Gate in a case over a parody of the signature move from Dirty Dancing, answering the question of whether the material was protected by copyright or trademark.

– What are you going to be for Halloween? Maybe a Female Libertarian or Casual Jeb Bush, which look awfully similar to some popular characters?

– The Wolf of Wall Street producers are fighting a libel in fiction case over their portrayal of a particular character in the movie.

Tech Updates

– Meet the judge who taught himself how to code and who has ruled on some of the most important tech cases.

– Eight studios have filed suit against a streaming service called TickBox, claiming the device enables copyright infringement.

– A company called Emonster is suing Apple over their Animojis.

Colorful Claims

– Eight Brooklyn jurors will soon get to decide whether graffiti can be protected art.

– John Deere won an injunction against a company using a yellow and green color combination in their branding.

– A YouTuber was shocked to learn that you can be sued for copyright infringement for using images from a Google search without permission.

Odds and Ends

– What’s happening with plant patents these days? There exists a “Blueberry plant called Norman,” and an interesting article about how apple plant patents “liberated the American palate.

– I spent a lot of time yesterday following this Twitter thread hunting for the song with the most mentions of registered marks. Here’s a great article about some of the hottest brands in pop music and a video about why rappers love Grey Poupon (yes, the mustard).

– For those who attended USPTO day and saw the live arguments, TTAB has published their decision in the Hokie case.

– A Swiss brand just won a 12-year trademark battle in China.

– In New York? We are hosting a meetup on November 9th and would love to see you there! Find more details here.

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