Alt Legal IP News - Issue #29

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The IP House

- Recently Trump was awarded 38 Chinese trademarks, raising constitutional concerns. It turns out that those trademarks were awarded in an "unusually quick" fashion

- An unexpected country also just granted several Trump trademarks related to hotels and tourism.

- At last, the government has responded to a request for information and affirmed that Michelle Lee is the Director of the USPTO.

- Donald Trump, Jr. knows a thing or two about patent enforcement. 

- A Trump troll doll Kickstarter campaign was shut down over intellectual property disputes. 

One for the Lawyers

- Ropes and Gray is sending roughly 100 lawyers staffers to a spinoff firm to handle their IP work. 

- One of two lawyers accused of extorting $6 million dollars in an elaborate copyright scamhas pleaded guilty.

- Another state has adopted the duty of technological competence (and Canada may be soon to follow). Are you compliant?  

- This week My Cousin Vinny turned 25. Here are some fun facts about one of the most beloved movies about lawyers.

What's Happening Over There?

- Football (soccer) fans have to find a new way to watch the matches. The popular Kodi box is facing a crackdown on unlicensed streaming

- Australia's battle over fair use is heating up

- The UK drew a line between beer IP and whiskey IP

Odds and Ends

- Some updates in cannabis IP law: (1) The scope of federal cannabis related patents seems to be expanding with a recent patent granted for cannabinoids. (2) California introduced a bill to give trademark protection to cannabis businesses. 

- Is "Marilyn Monroe" too generic to be a trademark?

- Dr. Marten is going after Steve Madden for an "exceptional case" of copying.

- Jeff Koons is no stranger to IP litigation and a French court just found one of his sculptures was a counterfeit.

Apple missed inclusion in the Top 50 Patent Winners in Europe and Top 10 in the US this year. 

- We are sponsoring the upcoming NYCBA Trademark Law Program, a CLE Program that will take place on April 24. Find more info here

See you next week!
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The Alt Legal Team