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Eat It Up
- Starbucks' Unicorn frappuccino has already caused baristas quite the headache. And now Starbucks is being sued by a Brooklyn coffee shop for allegedly stealing the idea for the drink.
- Wonder Bread is taking on Wonder Woman after DC Comics attempted to trademark the superhero name in connection with food products. See the mark here and the TTAB proceeding here.
- Walmart is following in the footsteps of Amazon Dash, filing a patent application for a product that would automatically reorder your groceries for you.
- A strawberry scientist is being sued over the fruits of his research.
- A North Dakota distillery has won the fight to use Glen in their scotch name, despite concerns from the makers of Glenlivet.
You Made That?
- Last week I linked to an article about the rise in IP related to fidget spinners. The inventor had a patent on the product for 8 years, until she couldn't afford to pay the renewal fee.
- The inventor of the hoverboard isn't bitter about his many copycats.
- A student was sued for using a stock photo in an ad mockup, seven years after he created the ad.
- Patent applications reveal that Snapchat is getting in on the augmented reality craze.
- Soon drones will embrace the concept of teamwork.
A Changing Landscape
- Alexa learned a new trick: "Alexa, track my time."
- Singapore's patent office just launched a $1 billion innovation fund. Why? India is also looking to make the patent filing process easier for startups.
- John Oliver took on the FCC and their plans for net neutrality. He (and his viewers) also took down the FCC site.
- Shockingly, a lawyer who responded to his client's Facebook inquiries with "relax" has been suspended.
Odds and Ends
- The Acting Solicitor General has weighed in on copyright law in the Prince case currently before the Supreme Court.
- Here is an interesting read on how nerdy t-shirts continue to exist amongst the web of existing IP rights.
- Appellate briefs were filed in the monkey selfie case.
- Hackers are stealing celebrities' IP by exploiting weak links in their vendor chains.
- To get you in the Mother's Day spirit, here are 10 trademark cases about Yo Mama.
See you next week!
The Alt Legal Team