Alt Legal IP News - Issue #120

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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. 

The Talent

- 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