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From Streetwear to the Supreme Court: An Alt Legal Interview with John Sommer

From Streetwear to the Supreme Court: An Alt Legal Interview with John Sommer

On Monday, April 15th, 2019 the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Iancu v. Brunetti, which will likely address whether Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act’s prohibition on the federal registration of “immoral” or “scandalous” marks is facially invalid under the free speech clause of the First Amendment. Erik Brunetti, a streetwear icon, was barred by the USPTO for receiving a trademark registration because his clothing company FUCT was considered immoral or scandalous.

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #132

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #132

- Spanish soccer club Valencia is being targeted by DC Comics, who claims their club logo for being too similar to the Batman symbol.

- Could the city of Baltimore forcefully acquire Preakness trademarks to keep the famous horse race in the city?

Beyond the Docket: Will Maguire

Beyond the Docket: Will Maguire

Welcome back to Beyond the Docket! We chatted with Will Maguire of the Law Offices of William E. Maguire about representing Hollywood heavy hitters like Baywatch and Men in Black, attending INTA and volunteering with mentorship organizations. Enjoy!

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #126

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #126

- The USPTO released a report on trends and characteristics of inventors that are women. The report shows that while there is some good news, there is still much to be done to increase diversity. 

- Tuberculosis survivors are challenging a pharmaceutical company's patent-protected monopoly on TB treatment.

Beyond the Docket: Abe Lichy

Beyond the Docket: Abe Lichy

Tell us a bit about your legal practice. What type of work do you focus on?

I started Lichy Law in October 2017 after a 6 year stint in Biglaw and then 5 years as the co-founder and CEO of a women’s accessories brand in NYC.  I was originally going to be a “Fashion Law Firm” but quickly realized that my background and skill set could offer value far beyond the limited field of fashion-related legal matters and so it naturally transitioned to a Start Up firm.  I like to think of Lichy Law as a Start Up for Start Ups. The type of work we focus on is pretty much anything that new and budding entrepreneurs need help with.

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #121

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #121

- Justice Alito has unrecused himself, which he has previously done nine times, in the ongoing Oracle copyright case. 

- The Supreme Court has two copyright cases on their January argument calendar. One will try to resolve when registration of a copyright claim has "been made."