Skip To Content

Start typing and press enter to search

Alt Legal Blog

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

Alt Legal IP News – Issue #96

Hannah Samendinger | July 10, 2018
2 min read

IP Abroad

– The European Union rejected a proposed update to their copyright laws that had recently garnered attention for potentially being meme-ending. This is considered a win for tech giants that pushed back hard against the changes.

– A New Zealand court found that Kim Dotcom, a “file sharing mogul,” is eligible for extradition to the United States on copyright charges.

– Is the taste of cheese protectable by copyright? An opinion on July 25th will hold the answer.

A Little Cultish

– Bootleg Grateful Dead merch has become a mainstay in the fan culture, or, for those of you hipper than me, a “legitimate style flex.” So far the band’s stance towards the fan creations has been unsurprisingly relaxed.

– An app that allowed users to play a game of Sabacc, a card game that resulted in Hans Solo winning the Millennium Falcon, violated Disney’s copyrights.

– What is the legality of couture?

– Marvel may own the current X-men trademark registrations, but within the MarvelUniverse, they belong to Kitty Pryde.


– Disparate environments, hybrid species, and patents have quietly made China a cannabis superpower.

– The FDA approved its first cannabis drug. What is next?

– Scientists are working on mapping the cannabis genome, but will this open the doors for big pharma to broadly patent certain strains?

– Canada has legalized cannabis, so what is next for cannabis trademark protection?

 Odds and Ends

– The ABA Journal has compiled examples of the art and craftiness of cease and desist letters.

– If you have seen a trailer for The Purge, a 2020 campaign slogan might look familiar. The trademark applications (#1#2) for the slogan are currently suspended. An applicant for a similar mark, which has an outstanding office action, seemingly filed his application to block liberal applicants.

– The Federal Circuit found that TTAB erred in determining the genericness of Coca-Cola’s ZERO trademark registrations.

– A YouTuber was surprised when YouTube sent him a copyright infringement notice that cited his own song.

Switching is easy with free data migration

Request a Demoor sign up for a free trial

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.