Welcome back to Beyond the Docket! This week we catch up with Derek Hawkins of Hawkins Law Offices LLC. We chat about the behind the scenes tech that makes Derek's practice tick, his experience as Alt Legal intern and his advice for future solo practitioners.
A judge approved a deal for the production of a documentary about Prince's life, which is estimated to earn his estate an eight-figure sum.
A Brooklyn jury found that the graffiti on the 5Pointz complex, despite its transient nature, should be considered art and was illegally destroyed.
The relationship between trademark law and cannabis is complicated. Cannabis is now legal for recreational or medicinal use in 28 states, but it is still classified as a Schedule I drug (read: illegal) under federal law. The US Patent and Trademark Office will not register a trademark for use in connection with goods and services that are illegal under federal law, so cannabis retailers cannot register federal trademarks for many of their goods and services.
CBS has sued a photographer for copyright infringement for publishing stills from a TV show.
A judge affirmed his initial ruling against Lions Gate in a case over a parody of the signature move from Dirty Dancing, answering the question of whether the material was protected by copyright or trademark.
The production company behind the Simpsons has filed trademark applications for their closing credits logo, animation, and jingle.
Yesterday Alt Legal founder and CEO Nehal Madhani spoke at the IP West Conference in Long Beach, California. Nehal's talk, "Legal Tech is on the Rise, but are you in CTRL?" focused on the increased development of legal technologies, best practices for its implementation, and the latest ethical requirements for using technology.
In his talk, Nehal discussed ABA Model Rules and state bar associations' adoption of legal ethics guidelines regarding technology. He also provided criteria attorneys could use to evaluate technology solutions, including legal process mapping. Nehal gave examples of both legal technology and other general technology to assist both intellectual property attorneys at law firms and in-house legal departments.
Because of Alt Legal's intellectual property specialty, Nehal was also able to speak at length about IP technology solutions. He discussed options for docketing software and other IP-related technologies. He also covered Model Rule 1.1, Comment  in the context of IP docketing and select cases in which the USPTO addressed the failure of attorneys to properly docket deadlines.
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.
Levi's is suing Vineyard Vines over a tab with a small image of a whale on the back pocket of their jeans.