Alt Legal IP News - Issue #125

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Battle It Out

- Expensify is claiming another company infringed their trademark and wanted to profit off of Expensify's Super Bowl ad.

- Burger King in Sweden revamped their menus to troll McDonald's. 

- Here are some lessons from McDonald's global trademark battle.

- Columbia Sportswear's patent battle has morphed into a nasty 6-year legal dispute that now includes a $20 million racketeering lawsuit

Did You Hear That? Did You See That?

- Netflix is accused of using footage of Osho, a controversial guru, in Wild Wild Country without permission.
- It is the golden age of television, and the high demand for TV shows is changing how the industry handles their intellectual property

- How good are you at identifying registered sound marks

Big Names

- Michael Render, aka Killer Mike from Run the Jewels, recently explored "white gang privilege" as it relates to branding, but he may want to speak with a trademark attorney.

Marilyn Monroe's estate is pursuing trademark infringement claims, alleging merchandise is confusingly similar to products licensed by the estate.

- Campbell's Soup received a trademark registration for "Chunky," pointing to some interesting evidence of distinctiveness in their application.

 Odds and Ends

- What can a Japanese patent tell us about a potentially backward-compatible PlayStation?

- The New York Public Library and the Data Conservation Laboratory are teaming up to digitize the Copyright Office's historical records. 

- Artists bringing lawsuits against the creators of Fortnite may rely on rights of publicity

- Check out this deep dive on how a streetwear brand took a lawsuit all the way to the Supreme Court.

See you next week!

Hannah from Alt Legal