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Alt Legal IP News - Issue #28

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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

- Behind every great pastry invention, there's a great lawyer

- A trademark application was filed for one of the defining smells of many people's childhood, Play-Doh


- 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