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Alt Legal IP News - Issue #46

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You Might Be In Trouble

- Blue Apron is not having a good week. After Amazon filed a trademark application for their own meal kit service, Blue Apron's stock plummeted. 

- As part of a FOIA suit against ICE, Rebecca Tushnet discovered something interesting: the NFL has instructed ICE to seize not only counterfeits but also parody products. 

- Over 22,000 people agreed to a wifi company's Terms of Service, including a provision requiring 1,000 hours of community service.  

- The Game of Thrones characters should lawyer up
 

Pricey Patents

- A British company received a patent for "cancer vaccines" technology, which they believe has the potential to be a permanent cure. 

- An appeals court stuck the winner of the not-so-coveted "Stupid Patent of the Month" with $43,000 in legal fees.

- Another company, who has pursued at least 315 cases based on a shipping and tracking patent, was ordered to pay over $36,000 in legal fees. 

- Fujifilm is being sued for infringement of mammogram technology
 

Futuristic Filings

- Wrigley is not happy about "Dbl Mint" and "Joosy Fruit" e-cigarette liquids.


- The first "robot lawyer" is now available in all 50 states. 

- Amazon Web Services dropped a controversial patent clause from their user agreement, while adding in language that protects users from patent suits targeting their technology. 
 

Odds and Ends

- Did the State Dept. attempt to start a fake intellectual property Twitter feud?

- Nuns have received trademark protection for the design of Mother Theresa's signature sari

- The New York Times published a tragic but important read about a prominent IP attorney and his battle with addiction. 

- National Ice Cream Day was this weekend. One of the earliest ice cream related trademark cases began in 1842
 

See you next week!

The Alt Legal Team