Alt Legal IP News - Issue #139

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Tech Problems

- "Spellcheck for buildings" might never make it off the ground due to copyright laws.

- The UK is at risk of losing out in the global patent wars.

- When a group tried to put Georgia's laws online, Georgia's lawyers sued for copyright infringement and claimed providing public access to the laws and related materials was a "strategy of terrorism."

Stage and Screen

- Is Disney the Thanos of the entertainment industry?
- The USPTO refused to allow Prince's estate to register a shade of purple. Prince's estate responded with a 400-page filing.

Guns N' Roses is suing a Colorado brewery for their Guns 'N' Rosé brew.

Law Enforcement

- A judge denied many sealing requests in a patent case, but interested parties still had to fight to learn key elements of the case.

- The USPTO will now allow federal trademark registration on marks for some hemp-based products.

Selling the NYPD logo is a complicated business. 

 Odds and Ends

- A jury awarded $3.2 million in damages in a patent case over milkshake blending machines. 

- Victoria's Secret is taking their feud with a competitor to the USPTO. Will it backfire?

- Last week I linked to a story about Apple's patented pizza boxes. Quartz Obsession did a deep dive on pizza, including an additional pizza patent.

- After an aloha trademark dispute, Hawaii is pushing to protect cultural intellectual property.

There will be no digest next week as I'll be at the INTA Annual Meeting!

Hannah from Alt Legal