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What the Future Holds
- The USPTO has set a timeline for a series of tech upgrades.
- There is a growing push to loosen the laws around Psilocybin (mushrooms). Will the changes impact intellectual property like the campaign for cannabis did?
- In the future, will there be patent wars without fighting?
- Disney may have found the easiest way to paint a castle.
- Target is seeking dismissal of Atari's claims that the company counterfeited Pong products.
- Nespresso recently filed a lawsuit against a company for using the phrase "Nespresso Compatible," raising questions about fair use in comparative and compatibility advertising.
- In a "close call," Williams Sonoma has the initial advantage in a lawsuit against Amazon.
Up for Debate
- Louis Vuitton is on the brink of a bi-national trademark dispute over Pooey Puitton.
- Zillow is suing Compass for allegedly stealing intellectual property.
- A South Carolina lawyer is suing his son for starting a law firm with their shared name.
Odds and Ends
- A wine copycat has been ordered to pay over $800,000 for trademark infringement in China.
- At-home fitness companies, like Peloton, are learning the value of seeking the appropriate licensing rights. A cycling class without a playlist of hits makes for annoyed customers.
- This bill may help curb patent trolls.
- Yale Law Women put together a report on the top ten firms for gender equity and family friendliness. While the report highlights some progress, it also shows the legal community has a long way to go.
See you next week!
Hannah from Alt Legal