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."
A mistake on the title card of Night of the Living Dead led to an explosion of zombie (movie) apocalypses.
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.
If confirmed by the Senate, Andrei Iancu is set to be the next head of the USPTO.
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.
Costco's decision to make and sell "Tiffany" rings made them $3.7 million. They now must pay $19 million to Tiffany & Co.
Planet Money asks a question we've all had: Can you patent a steak?
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.
A federal appeals court upheld the invalidation of the "podcasting patent" with a little help from the EFF.
Birkenstock stopped selling on Amazon last year due to a surge in counterfeits, but after a recent adjustment in one of Amazon's policies, Birkenstock's CEO wrote a blistering email to Amazon.
Are tattoos copies? And if so, should a copy on a human body be excluded from protection under the Copyright Act?
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.
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?
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.
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 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.
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.