Alt Legal IP News - Issue #54

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Entertain Me!

- A mistake on the title card of Night of the Living Dead led to an explosion of zombie (movie) apocalypses. 

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- 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. 

Uh Oh

- 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, 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