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- The USPTO released a report on trends and characteristics of inventors that are women. The report shows that while there is some good news, there is still much to be done to increase diversity.
- Tuberculosis survivors are challenging a pharmaceutical company's patent-protected monopoly on TB treatment.
- New York Fashion Week has seen an increase in diversity among models, but fashion labels still struggle with cultural appropriation.
- Singapore is enforcing plain packaging requirements for tobacco products, which means all logos, brand images, and promotional information will be removed.
- How far will you go to keep your hands clean while eating potato chips?
- The rise of CBD is creating trademark problems for a 25-year-old coffee company in Maine.
Cheaters & Thieves
- YouTube's copyright strikes, which are often helpful, have turned into tools for extortion.
- A gamer who created and sold cheat software for Grand Theft Auto V now owes the game makers $150,000.
- The media company Jerry Media, which runs the popular Instagram meme account @fuckjerry, is in hot water for stealing content. While the account holder is certainly to blame, Instagram does little to curb intellectual property theft.
Odds and Ends
- Artificial intelligence can help spot counterfeit logos.
- Art litigators do a lot of work, and sometimes, detective work.
- In the ongoing EU copyright battle, Google is setting up a major test for regulators.
- A company's own prior art canceled their patent.
See you next week!
Hannah from Alt Legal