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Alt Legal IP News - Issue #58

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #58

The Zappa siblings are involved in an ongoing trademark battle, which Dweezil has outlined in a lengthy personal blog post.

Australian cannabis companies are dealing with IP difficulties similar to those of US cannabis companies. This post compares the jurisdictions and the options for seeking protection through Plant Breeder's Rights, patents, and The Open Cannabis Project

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #57

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #57

Levi's is suing Vineyard Vines over a tab with a small image of a whale on the back pocket of their jeans.

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #56

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #56

Yoko Ono stepped in to halt the sale of "John Lemon" lemonade

Alt Legal CEO Speaks at AABANY Conference

Alt Legal CEO Speaks at AABANY Conference

Over the weekend, Alt Legal founder and CEO Nehal Madhani spoke on a panel at the Asian-American Bar Association of New York's fall conference.

The panel, titled "Finding the Entrepreneurial Spirit," focused on entrepreneurialism in the legal industry. Nehal and his co-panelists, Ashish Walia (Co-Founder of LawTrades) and Mirra Levitt (Co-Founder of Priori Legal), discussed their professional journeys from attorneys to entrepreneurs and how attorneys can be more entrepreneurially minded, particularly in their billing models and client interactions. 

Beyond the Docket: Corey Field

Beyond the Docket: Corey Field

Welcome back to Beyond the Docket! This week's interview is with Corey Field. Corey is an entertainment lawyer with a background in music publishing. We talk about Corey's experience teaching CEOs in China about US entertainment law, his new book on the subject and his transition from big law to his own law firm. 

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.