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Alt Legal IP News - Issue #103

Welcome to Alt Legal IP News, a weekly digest of IP news and developments, delivered right to your inbox. 

If you have an article or update you think we’d like, please send submissions to hannah@altlegal.com.
 

Sneaking Around

- "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. 
 

Pop Culture

- 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: LOLWTFNBDFML

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- Nickelodeon is opposing a 12-year-old's trademark application for "Slime Princess." She is already collecting donations for the legal fees to fight back.
 

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