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.
- The EFF is worried about the ramifications of the Patent Office's new patent eligibility guidelines.
The Alt Legal team is headed to California for events associated with “The Trademark Office Comes to California.” The program is organized by the California Lawyers Association’s Intellectual Property Law Section.
- 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.
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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.
- The publisher of the Choose Your Own Adventure book series is alleging Netflix's new movie, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, infringes the publisher's trademarks.
- A jury stripped the Mongols biker gang of the trademark registration for the group's logo.
- 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."