Alt Legal IP News - Issue #98

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Go for a Drive

- A Swiss artist is suing GM for featuring his mural in social media ads. 

- A former Apple employee has been charged with theft of trade secrets after allegedly copying more than 40GB of intellectual property onto his wife's laptop.

- The NLRB issued a memo regarding the legality of Lyft's employee intellectual property policy. 

Stranger Than Fiction

- Elon Musk and an artist have resolved their copyright dispute over an image of a farting unicorn.

Amazon's "dwarf-tossing robot patent" is not sitting well with the Little People of America organization.


- "Just because you can do something, doesn't mean you should," especially when that thing is issuing a judgment in a comic sans style font. 

- Ed Sheeran is currently involved in a lawsuit over alleged infringement of "Let's Get It On." The lawsuit is much weirder than you may think.

For Your Inner Child

- America's most popular toy is being counterfeited, and the toymaker wants to find out who is responsible. The toymaker and journalists' search for the culprit has been incredibly difficult.

- It is shark week! Here is a brief history of this shark celebration and some shark protection patents

- At Comic Con, the new Shazam! movie had some fans confused over the lead character's name, which is fair given the character's confusing history, name change, and a copyright lawsuit.


 Odds and Ends

- A Philly snackfood has led to a good bit of legal drama.

- TTAB recently held that great-grandson of Guccio Gucci may not register his Umberto Gucci marks due to a likelihood of confusion.

- The Copyright Office rejected General Mills' attempt to register Larabar packaging, citing a lack of creativity.

- The UKIPO released their plans for protecting EU trademarks post-Brexit

See you next week!

Hannah from Alt Legal


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