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- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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Bri from Alt Legal