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- "The Purge" creator is facing allegations of doctoring emails to establish an earlier creation date for his film.
- Sony is pushing back against a recent development in one of pop's strangest conspiracy theories.
- Despite pledging openness, tech companies are racing to patent artificial intelligence technology.
- Innocent Chinese Americans are being accused of spying, often for stealing intellectual property or trade secrets, which has lasting and costly effects on their families and lives.
- Disputes over Kardashian fan accounts on Instagram reveal that the sisters and their fans are confused about copyright law.
- Proctor and Gamble are seeking trademark registrations for "LOL," "WTF," and other text slang in connection with household cleaning products. Check out the applications, which all have pending office actions: LOL, WTF, NBD, FML.
Patents for the Future
- Despite conspiracy theory whisperings, the US government's interest in cannabis patentsmay not be as sinister as some people think.
- The InterContinental Hotels Group just received a patent for their "guestroom of the future."
- This is a great patent drawing for a coffee delivering drone.
Odds and Ends
- Is this the logo for David Beckham's new Miami soccer club?
- The organizers of Salt Lake City's comic convention must pay nearly $4 million in attorney's fees and costs to San Diego Comic-Con after losing a trademark infringement case.
- Expired internet domains for law firms that have merged, closed, or are winding down pose a significant cyber risk for the legal profession.
- A proposed NAFTA revision has created confusion about the length of the copyright term.
- Major universities are some of the fiercest trademark protectors.
See you next week!
Hannah from Alt Legal