Alt Legal IP News – Issue #64
Bri Van Til | November 21, 2017
Check out our latest episode of Alt Trademarks. This episode features Anne Gilson LaLonde of Gilson on Trademarks. We discuss a surprising proposal for the Lanham Act, surnames, her nontraditional career path, and much more.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Lifestyle
– Obtaining music licenses for a movie soundtrack may be a little easier if you write an adoring letter to the artist.
Fun & Games
– Fujifilm and Polaroid are in a dispute over Fujifilm’s use of a white border on their Instax film. Fujifilm is arguing for cancellation of the Polaroid’s registrations on the basis that the border is solely functional in purpose.
– Trademark applications indicate that Super Smash Bros. is coming to the Nintendo Switch.
– Humvee is suing for trademark infringement over the use of their name in the Call of Dutygames.
– Smart garments may be closer to market than you think.
– WIPO is considering a potential treaty protecting the rights of broadcasters. A group of Latin American countries have proposed some limitations and exceptions to the language, framing the matter in context similar to their national copyright legislation.
– Could both classic and nominative fair use apply to this use of the word Google?
Odds and Ends
– There is a new trend at the USPTO: Woke trademarks.
– The ACLU is arguing against Georgia’s practice of keeping some laws behind copyright paywalls.
– Here’s a look at four senior cases from last week and why they matter.
– RZA is opposing the trademark application of a Brooklyn-based dog-walking service, Woof Tang Clan. When asked for comment, the owner of the service said, “I am a fan. We walk dogs. I thought it was a good idea.”