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Water Cooler Talk
- NASA patents aren't just for use in space. They are also available to business owners.
- The USPTO named a new Deputy Director.
- Salesforce is going to try to use blockchain technology to identify spam emails.
- Lorde is alleging that Kanye and Kid Cudi stole her set design. Kanye's set designer has refuted this claim by posting images of a similar set she designed in 2007.
- A diner is being sued for hosting live performances and karaoke without the proper licenses.
- 24-Carat Black were sampled by some of the world's biggest artists, and they are still broke.
YouTube, Fake Money, & Jeff Koons
- YouTube has paid over $3 billion to copyright owners identified by their anti-piracy tool, Content ID.
- An Israeli bank was successful in their claims of copyright infringement against counterfeiters.
- A Paris court found Jeff Koons guilty of plagiarizing a 1985 ad campaign.
Odds and Ends
- The Girl Scouts are suing the Boy Scouts, who are soon to be the Scouts BSA.
- A new initiative by ChIPs is seeking gender parity in intellectual property practices by surveying the efforts being made to include and advance women.
- The US is teaming up with Taiwan to fight IP theft.
- The Acting Attorney General was previously involved with World Patent Marketing, a company that scammed thousands of dollars from inventors.
See you next week!
Hannah from Alt Legal