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Alt Legal IP News - Issue # 159

Alt Legal IP News - Issue # 159

Elizabeth Warren has proposed reviving the Office of Technology Assessment to give lawmakers a place to go so that they can be more informed when writing IP and technology policy.

Alt Legal IP News - Issue # 158

Alt Legal IP News - Issue # 158

Sony and Marvel Studios, whose battle threatened to break up the Avengers, have reconciled.

Beyond the Docket: Nancy Mertzel

Beyond the Docket: Nancy Mertzel

Welcome back to Beyond the Docket! This time we are back to interview Nancy Mertzel of Mertzel Law PLLC. Nancy is a litigator and IP attorney who left a large firm to start her own practice. We talk about her 4-year-long litigation case, her involvement with the Women-Owned Law Group, and her 2015 testimony before Congress.

Alt Legal IP News - Issue # 157

Alt Legal IP News - Issue # 157

Last week, Huawei announced that it was considering selling its 5G patents to a Western buyer, but was that a bluff? Either way, will the technology transfer ban hurt U.S. companies?

Alt Legal IP News - Issue # 156

Alt Legal IP News - Issue # 156

Nintendo's recent patent suggests it might start making foldable JoyCon controllers for the Switch. Meanwhile, Razer Asia Pacific recently filed a patent application for a device similar to the Switch.

Alt Legal IP News - Issue # 155

Alt Legal IP News - Issue # 155

BMW recently patented a motorcycle electric supercharger to increase the fuel efficiency of the combustion engine.

The Fees They Are A’Changin’ (Maybe)

The Fees They Are A’Changin’ (Maybe)

The USPTO is set to reconsider its fees for trademark applications, registrations, and maintenance this month, including a proposed 25% per class increase for paper applications (bringing them up to $750 per class) and electronic applications (bringing them up to $500 per class).

Alt Legal IP News - Issue # 154

Alt Legal IP News - Issue # 154

Basketball star LeBron James filed a trademark application for "Taco Tuesday" in classes related 9, 35, 38 and 41, all related to online media. Maybe he just wanted to give us something to taco 'bout. Check out the app here.

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #153

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #153

The USPTO deflated Tom Brady's hopes of trademarking "Tom Terrific."

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #152

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #152

The Ohio State University's application to trademark "THE" has sparked a heavy backlash, including from sports writer David Briggs, who denounced the move as arrogant.

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #151

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #151

McDonald's lost its tradeMc battle with Supermac's in EUIPO court, which denied the chain the exclusive use of the prefix "Mc."

USPTO to Require Electronic Applications

USPTO to Require Electronic Applications

The USPTO now requires all trademark applications to be submitted electronically through TEAS. This change not only means that the USPTO will not accept paper trademark applications, but it also requires that filers provide accurate email and postal addresses and update them as necessary to keep them current.

Beyond the Docket: Mike Atkins

Beyond the Docket: Mike Atkins

Welcome back to Beyond the Docket! This time we are back to interview Michael Atkins of Atkins Intellectual Property. Mike is an intellectual property attorney who after working at a large firm in Seattle now successfully runs a completely virtual practice. We talk about him taking his practice abroad as well as his love of teaching and his interest in loud music.

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #150

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #150

Ferrari threatened to sue a customer for trademark infringement for posting "distasteful" images that included the Ferrari brand.

LoveFrom seeks to protect its trademark in 25 Different Categories of Goods

LoveFrom seeks to protect its trademark in 25 Different Categories of Goods

Jony Ive, whose design work at Apple includes such products as the iMac, iPod, and iPhone, announced last month in an interview that he intended to leave the company and start his own design company called LoveFrom. Although the scope of LoveFrom has not yet been announced, Ive’s company appears to have filed in late May a trademark application for “LOVEFROM JONY.” The USPTO filing lists items in 25 international classes totaling over 1,500 specific goods and services.

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #149

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #149

- A new Apple patent filing shows a mixed reality headset that tracks your whole face. Also in Apple news, Apple plans to buy Intel’s wireless chip unit for $1 billion.

- The US District Court in Connecticut recently found Best-Lock Construction Toys to be inviolation of several of Lego's copyrights.