Alt Legal IP News - Issue #151

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Tasty Brands

- McDonald's lost its tradeMc battle with Supermac's in EUIPO court, which denied the chain the exclusive use of the prefix "Mc."

- Battles ensue throughout Europe about who owns a trademark for Halloumi and in reference to which foods.


- Israel's Supreme Court ruled that Espresso Club's spoof ad with a knock-off George Clooney does not infringe on Nespresso's copyright. Check out Nespresso's ad, Espresso Club's spoof ad, and, for fun, Saturday Night Live's 2015 parody.

Professional Considerations

- A recent survey by Morrison & Foerster shows that companies' spending on intellectual-property litigation is higher than ever, despite a significant decrease in the number of litigations proceedings filed.

- Food for thought: where is the boundary between IP rights and rights to health?

- A Tennessee man who fraudulently practiced law without a license for two years pleaded guilty to charges of wire fraud. He also appears to still have a listing on Upwork.

- Last week the USPTO sent out a notice warning of "bad actors" changing or removing correspondent or attorney-of-record information.

PHONEmenal Tech

- Chinese electronics company Xiaomi recently filed a patent for a mobile phone design featuring a solar panel for charging.

- Microsoft filed a patent application for a device to transform a smart phone into a handheld Xbox.

- LG appears to be designing a Z-folding smart phone.

Odds and Ends

- Cyndi Lauper recently settled a copyright infringement suit for music featured in Kinky Boots.

- Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville may be coming to a console near you.

- American pastor JianGang “Frank” Lan was arrested after $24 million worth of counterfeit designer bracelets were seized by US Customs and Border Protection.

See you next week!

Bri from Alt Legal