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Copyrights and Copycats
- Last week a federal court ruled that a full-body banana costume can be protected by a copyright. Warning: this read is delightfully punny. If that doesn't ap-peel to you, try this one instead.
- A federal jury last week found that Katy Perry's "Dark Horse" infringed on the copyright of a Christrian rap artist.
- Google and Oracle's fight over microcode, fair use, and copyrights may end up in the Supreme Court.
Unconventional IP Protections
- Ferrari threatened to sue a customer for trademark infringement for posting "distasteful" images that included the Ferrari brand.
- A convention attendee took the responsibility for enforcing Nintendo's IP rights into his own hands when he smashed a PS4 game for being "too similar to Breath of the Wild."
- An architect in Delhi tried, unsuccessfully, to argue that demolishing the building he'd designed would violate his copyright.
- LoveFrom Jony (the name of former Apple designer Jony Ive's new design agency) is a massive trademark application covering 25 classes and over 1500 goods and services.
IP around the World
- British IP attorney Paul Carlyle warns filers to take care of their trademarks "before Brexit bites."
- Chinese law professionals are urging China to clarify and amend the country's copyright law to further protect IP rights.
- Toshiba was recently granted the UK's first multimedia motion mark.
- Starting this past Saturday, the USPTO will now require all international applicants and non-US-based businesses to be represented by US attorneys to be granted IP protection.
Odds and Ends
- UC Santa Barbara is suing Target, Amazon, Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Ikea for violating the University's patents.
- Sentius International is suing Apple for its spell check functionality, claiming that using a red squiggly line to indicate misspelled words violates their patent.
- The first patent applications for inventions created by AI were recently filed with the US, EU, and UK patent offices.
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Bri from Alt Legal