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All Kinds of Attorneys
- There are some names that pop up in IP over and over and over again. Here are the frequent filers to watch in 2017.
- The USPTO suspended a former Niro IP attorney for 18 months for patent litigation sanctions.
- While trademarks are intended to protect a brand, the owners of those trademarks occasionally become overprotective (which isn't a great PR strategy).
- Adidas is very protective of their 3 stripe branding, so much so that in their complaint, Forever 21 said, "enough is enough."
- What happens when you put your legal career on hold to go on a reality dating show?
The Fun Stuff
- Japan just granted their first two trademarks for color palettes, one for an eraser and one for a convenience store.
Church, Government, and the Internet
- The UKIPO is speaking up against criticism to their recently proposed copyright bill.
- CIPO issued a massive amount in damages in their first major case involving the circumvention of technological protection measures.
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is claiming copyright infringement over content published by MormonLeaks.
- Being a YouTuber can come with high costs.
A Touch of Tech
- Apple and Google have an astounding number of patents between them. This infographichighlights the differences in their inventors.
- The Apple Terms and Conditions got a comical makeover. Maybe now people will actually read them.
- IBM received a patent for the out-of-office email response but promptly promised they won't be enforcing it.
- 3D printing poses some interesting challenges in protecting IP.
- Nike recently announced a performance hijab for Muslim women athletes. There also is aforeign patent pending for a hijab that works with headphones and stethoscopes.
Odds and Ends
- The ACLU made some edits to the President's Executive Order on immigration.
- The Indian IP Office flagged 25,000 filed applications as incomplete. There have also been several other recent changes to the Indian IP rules.
- What are the benefits of having a machine as a judge?
See you next time!
The Alt Legal Team