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At the Top
- What happens when the President Elect has 45 pending trademark applications in a foreign country? Hint: it might involve a constitutional violation.
- With record levels of filings in 2016, there is much suspense surrounding the appointment of the next USPTO director.
- Arguments in the Slants case will begin at the Supreme Court tomorrow afternoon. Here's a review of the case, the first in an IP heavy docket for the Supreme Court.
Eat That, Drink This
- A brewery and a government office are in a trademark dispute over two letters.
- Looking to file a trademark for beer or bourbon? So are thousands of others. Cahill IP prepared a wonderful review of trademarks in the industry.
- Open source software is a fairly well-known concept that circumnavigates IP regimes. This concept has now entered the plant world as "open source breeding."
The Trouble with IP
- Here's an interesting read on the weakening patent system and the rise of at will infringement.
- The Productivity Commission in Australia determined that individuals are likely breaking their copyright rules over 80 times a day (in mostly harmless ways).
- Etsy is growing and so is its copyright infringement problem.
Odds and Ends
- What can you learn from Spongebob Squarepants? At least a thing or two about trademarks for fictional places. We also discussed trademarks for fictional brands on ourpodcast.
- A woman made a blanket that looks like a mermaid tail, which ended up being wildly popular. Now she's in an IP battle worth roughly $16 million.
- Marilyn Monroe's estate has sued an intimate apparel company over the use of her likeness.
See you next time!
The Alt Legal Team