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

Alt Legal IP News – Issue #89

Hannah Samendinger | May 22, 2018
< 1 min read

Familiar Snacks

– Does this ketchup bottle remind you of something?

– Ritz is suing a Chinese company who produces a lookalike product for trademark infringement and MillerCoors is suing a Korean beer company over similarities to their Miller Lite branding.

– Inspired by INTA 2018, this is a great read on what it takes to protect the Starbucks brand.

Curse Words, Jokes, and Sex Toys

– The newest Deadpool movie cracks jokes at the expense of most of the intellectual property in the DC and Marvel universes.

– The MTA is reviewing Cynthia Nixon’s new subway t-shirts for potential trademark misuse.

– Toys-R-Us is auctioning off their intellectual property as they liquidate the company. Some interesting domain names like are up for grabs.

Wrapping Up

– Brandless, a company with minimal branding, was denied trademark protection for their packaging design.

– The TTAB shut down the NJ Turnpike Authority’s opposition to a pizza restaurant’s logo.

– After an outpouring of support for a local barber, a national chain walked back their request that he change his business’ name.

-Match is settling their Tinder dispute with Tantan.

 Odds and Ends

– Is Amazon complicit in the widespread counterfeiting on their site?

– Play-Doh received a trademark registration for the scent of Play-Doh, which they describe as a “sweet, slightly musky, vanilla fragrance, with slight overtones of cherry, combined with the smell of a salted, wheat-based dough.”

– The EFF created a science fiction story about a fair use petition to the Copyright Office.

– A German court ruled that a TV show cannot use “bloopers” from another network without permission.

– The creator of a Star Trek and Dr. Seuss mashup beat trademark claims largely due to a judge’s mashup of a 1986 Federico Fellini film and the Fox hip-hop drama Empire.

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