Alt Legal IP News - Issue #137

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Mad Scientists

- A "science-focused" company wants to protect their invention, which to most people seems a lot like a spliff.

- MD Anderson Cancer Center has dismissed three scientists due to espionage concerns

- The Justice Department is reviewing the government's lack of patent enforcement against Gilead, the maker of an HIV treatment drug.

Snack Time

- The owner of an Icelandic chain of supermarkets no longer holds the EU trademark registration for "Iceland."
- Christina Tosi, founder of Milk Bar in NYC, is suing JoJo's Milk Bar in Chicago for trademark infringement. 

- PepsiCo sued 4 Indian farmers for cultivating patented potatoes. The company immediately also offered to settle with the farmers.

Social Media

- Twitter removed one of the president's tweets due to copyright infringement. 

- Even though copyright law has failed some creatives, social media has led to increased accountability and transparency. 

- Ready for phones with wraparound displays

 Odds and Ends

- Off-White is claiming to have common law trademark rights for the use of quotation marks. 

- Check out this deep dive on color as a trademark. 

- Last week I included a story about counterfeit Legos. The counterfeit company was using blueprints and had over 600,000 finished sets seized.

- Universal Music was denied a trademark registration for "As Heard on TV."

- Amazon is trying a new tactic to combat counterfeiting and infringement: they are bringing on lawyers for sellers.

See you next week!

Hannah from Alt Legal