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- A mistake on the title card of Night of the Living Dead led to an explosion of zombie (movie) apocalypses.
- John Steinbeck's step-daughter was awarded $13.15 million by a Los Angeles jury, perhaps finalizing ending the family's courtroom disputes.
- A judge took a moment in his opinion to note that a Jason Statham movie was "quite a good movie" maybe because he is "a sucker for both Tommy Lee Jones and Jason Statham films, and this has both."
- Facebook is going to pay millions in royalty fees to protect their users from potential copyright violations.
- A Dr. Phil video led to an unusual decision involving copyright infringement and false imprisonment.
- A Mizzou professor owes $600,000 to the university following an intellectual property case.
- Artur Sargsyan, of Sharebeast.com, has pled guilty to criminal copyright infringement for his role in the unauthorized distribution and reproduction of over 1 billion copies of copyrighted works.
The Odd Ones
- National Geographic has cataloged some mapping patents, including so many ways to fold a map.
- The Kickstarter has already met its goal but there is still time to back "Art of the Patent" playing cards.
- We recently linked to an article about Cheerios and a trademark application for a shade of yellow. That was certainly not the first time brands battled over a color.
Odds and Ends
- Sometimes companies like Apple take steps to keep their trademark applications under wraps, other products are keeping upcoming releases hidden in plain sight.
- While women are statistically underrepresented in patent litigation, a few firms are breaking free from that trend.
- A fake law firm cost one entrepreneur $200,000 by getting Amazon to delist their product.
- An interesting read: A Native American Tribe, a Drugmaker and an Unusual Patent Plan.
See you next week!
The Alt Legal Team