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Reflections & Resolutions
- The new year brought a large number of classic works into the public domain, which may breathe new life into the works as well.
- 2018 was an eventful year for patents.
- Will 2019 be the year of "blanding?"
- The USPTO released their plan to optimize timeliness and quality by 2022.
What Are You Wearing?
- Vans is suing Target, alleging they copied Vans' signature sneaker.
- Have you heard the story of the itsy-bitsy, teenie-weenie, very litigious bikini?
- Nirvana is suing Marc Jacobs for using one of their signature designs.
- Tech companies are fighting expensive legal battles against patent trolls and those fights are helping attract top talent.
- Alfonso Ribeiro is suing the makers of Fortnite over the "Carlton Dance." How strong is his lawsuit?
- PTAB and the Federal Circuit denied a patent for a casino dice game, stating that the game was an abstract idea and the die represent unpatentable printed matter.
Odds and Ends
- Williams-Sonoma is claiming Amazon stole their West Elm furniture designs.
- MGA Entertainment is asking a Los Angeles court to declare that their toys do not violate Louis Vuitton's intellectual property.
- Is the term Square Donuts generic for cafe services featuring square-shaped donuts? We may never know.
- Photography organizations are closely watching a lawsuit over Nike's Jumpman logo.
See you next week!
Hannah from Alt Legal