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Alt Legal IP News - Issue #36

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Future Computers

- Ever wondered about Emoji law? Eric Goldman has prepared a comprehensive survey on emojis and how they will impact the law. He'd also love to hear your comments.

- There is now a keyboard for lawyers, or a Legalboard, if you will.

- The USPTO has downgraded PAIR's encryption connection.

- Soon you may be able to charge your iPhone via wifi. Apple lawyers are also literally comparing apples to pears.
 

 When the Music Stops

- Eminem sued a New Zealand political party for use of one of his songs in a political ad, which the party said was only "Eminem-esque." 

- Fyre Festival made headlines this weekend for being quite a disaster, including a $100 million class action lawsuit for fraud and breach of contract. And for those familiar with the world of pitch decks, here are some slides from the organizers' pitch deck

- The Eagles are not too happy about the Hotel California that opened in Mexico.

- Abbott and Costello's heirs have asked the Supreme Court to review a lower court's decision that prevented them from suing over the unauthorized used of the famous "Who's on First" routine in a Broadway play. 
 

What Are You Wearing?

- Balenciaga released a new handbag that will cost you $2,145. It's also a replica of an Ikea shopping bag

- A "turned welt" is at the center of a bra patent dispute. 

- In Switzerland, Louboutin lost the fight over its signature red sole
 

Odds and Ends

- The USPTO is one place that often reflects current trends. The latest? Fidget spinners.

Halo Farm is suing Halo Top ice cream for having a confusingly similar name.

- A recent decision held PTAB accountable for justifying each of its obviousness conclusions.

- The US International Trade Commission is investigating alleged patent violations by Honda, Toyota, BMW, and others. 

- Khloe Kardashian was sued for copyright infringement after posting a picture of herself on Instagram.

- The Ninth Circuit ruled that the glass ceiling is protected by circular logic.
 

 

See you next week!

The Alt Legal Team