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Trademarks at the Top
- Another day, another unprecedented presidential move- Trump has been awarded a Chinese trademark. Is that a violation of the Emoluments Clause?
Stop Taking My Picture
- Refinery29 is being skewered (sorry) for reprinting a story on chicken cutlets.
- Zillow, the popular real estate website, was ordered to pay $8 million for infringing real estate photo copyrights.
- A photojournalist is suing Tiffany and Co. for reproducing one of his photographs on their website without his permission.
The Cutting Edge
- Did these 3 patent cases bring software patents back to life?
- The Broad Institute, affiliated with MIT and Harvard, was permitted to keep valuable gene editing patents, despite objections from a rival academic team. How much are those patent licenses worth?
- Australia is toying with the idea of tearing down barriers to oil and gas related intellectual property.
- Apple won 58 patents today.
- Oracle filed their opening brief (and 11 additional amicus briefs) in their case against Google over a software API. The brief is already creating speculation that the case will result in interesting precedent.
Odds and Ends
- The Trademark Company, run by Matthew Swyers, has been excluded from practice before the USPTO for at least 5 years.
- A clever copyright trap ended up creating an imaginary town.
- A sexual harassment parody video was found to not violate the Lanham Act, even if it was in bad taste.
- The Walmart Smiley is back after 10 years and some trademark litigation.
- There are shocking dangers of purchasing counterfeit goods.
See you next time!
The Alt Legal Team