Alt Legal IP News – Issue #61
Bri Van Til | October 31, 2017
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).
– I have linked to it before, but just in case you missed it, this is a great video about how a copyright mistake in Night of the Living Dead created the modern zombie.
– The patented Tootsie Roll was once used as a WWII energy bar.
– If Inter Partes Reviews are found to be unconstitutional, could there be zombie patents? Maybe they could team up with the zombie trademarks.
– Check out some spooktacular Halloween trademark registrations.
– Is your Halloween costume infringing on copyrights?
– The USPTO has been celebrating creepy IP on Twitter and with a Reddit AMA.
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– A Virginia federal judge awarded the USPTO $76,000 in attorneys’ fees, despite the fact that the USPTO lost the case at hand.
– Is this trademark application for ALMOND BUTTER merely descriptive or generic? Maybe not.
– In Germany, Ritter has defended and is currently defending their monopoly on square chocolate bars.
– A company called Characters for Hire, LLC cited the Naked Cowboy case in their motion for summary judgment in an ongoing copyright and trademark infringement case against Disney.
– Are gold iPhones in our future? A patent suggests so.
– A couple of years ago, a bar snatched up a trademark registration for “Geographical Center of North America” after a nearby town allowed their rights to lapse. The two are now battling over the title in a cancellation proceeding.
– In New York? Join us for a meetup on November 9th! More details here.
Stay spooky and see you next week!
The Alt Legal Team