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Alt Legal IP News - Issue #55

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #55

In advance of the release of the second season, a Stranger Things-themed bar popped up in Chicago. Netflix sent the owners a really wonderful cease and desist, promising a fair deal and a warning that "the demogorgon isn't always as forgiving." 

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #54

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #54

A mistake on the title card of Night of the Living Dead led to an explosion of zombie (movie) apocalypses. 

Spoiler Alert: Unreleased Products are Hiding in Plain Sight

Spoiler Alert: Unreleased Products are Hiding in Plain Sight

Any good product requires a considerable amount of planning. As we highlighted in our previous blog post, some companies will go to great lengths to keep these plans secret. Other companies, particularly smaller ones with less structured, anticipated, or secretive releases, do not go to the same lengths, which means by running some trademark searches we might be able to find clues for what is coming down the pipeline.

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #53

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #53

Is Buck Rogers as well-known as Luke Skywalker? How about the Doctor from Dr. Who? These were some questions asked in an ongoing copyright lawsuit over Buck Rogers.

Paul Hollywood, of the Great British Bake Off, is battling a crumpet baker for trademark rights. 

Introducing: Beyond the Docket

Introducing: Beyond the Docket

Welcome to our new series, Beyond the Docket. After thousands of conversations with IP lawyers, we decided it was time to share some of the most interesting stories and perspectives. This week's interview is with Jon Tobin. Jon implements the newest technology and a unique subscription billing model to bring the best possible service to his clients.

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #51

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #51

Costco's decision to make and sell "Tiffany" rings made them $3.7 million. They now must pay $19 million to Tiffany & Co.
 

Lawyering in a Technological Age

Lawyering in a Technological Age

Legal tech is here to stay, and many state bar associations are now requiring attorneys to be technologically competent: you simply can’t afford to keep your practices analog. What are the ethical obligations attorneys need to consider when adopting legal technology?

What does Brexit really mean for IP?

What does Brexit really mean for IP?

There has been a lot of panic about the impact of Brexit. For the few of you who aren’t familiar with the concept of Brexit, it was one of the many unexpected political events of 2016.

In short, the UK held a non-binding referendum regarding whether the UK should remain a member of the EU. A slight (52%) majority of the people who voted in that referendum (around 70% of eligible voters) voted to leave. As a result, the UK is heading toward complete constitutional upheaval with no real understanding of what the alternative to EU membership might be.

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #49

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #49

A federal appeals court upheld the invalidation of the "podcasting patent" with a little help from the EFF. 

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #46

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #46

Blue Apron is not having a good week. After Amazon filed a trademark application for their own meal kit service, Blue Apron's stock plummeted. 
 

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #45

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #45

Rideshare apps are now so common that many businesses and travel hubs designate specific areas for those drivers and passengers. If the business uses the app's logo, is it nominative fair use?

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #44

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #44

United Airlines has won a copyright and trademark infringement suit against Untied.com, a website cataloging complaints against the company from the past 20 years. 
 

Alt Trademarks is back!

Alt Trademarks is back!

Hannah speaks with Ryan Morrison of Morrison Lee. Ryan is also the Co-Founder and CEO of Evolved Talent Agency and a host of the Robot Congress podcast. Ryan specializes in IP relating to video games, Youtube, and esports. He frequently hosts Reddit AMAs, answering questions about IP in this space. You can find him on Twitter at @MrRyanMorrison.

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #42

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #42

Alt Trademarks is back! We are kicking off our next round of episodes with an interview with Ryan Morrison of Morrison Lee. We talk video games and Reddit AMAs. Check out the episode here.
 

Alt Legal/World Trademark Review Study Released

Alt Legal/World Trademark Review Study Released

In March of this year, Alt Legal collaborated with World Trademark Review and other intellectual property experts to publish a study examining IP offices throughout the world. That study, published in the April/May issue of the World Trademark Review, can now be downloaded.