Alt Legal IP News - Issue #56

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Are You Thirsty?

- Yoko Ono stepped in to halt the sale of "John Lemon" lemonade

- Conor McGregor planned to launch a whiskey brand called "Notorious," but another brewer already owns a trademark registration for the word. 

- Following the launch of Fenty, Rihanna's new beauty line, fans were excited to learn she is launching a wine company. But she isn't. Check out our recent blog post about other secrets hiding in trademark filings. 


Are You Watching?

- Netflix is involved in an ongoing trademark dispute with the family of Pablo Escobar over the show "Narcos." The dispute recently escalated when a location scout was shot north of Mexico City. 

- What happens when a well-known author is sued for copyright infringement by the author of an unpublished book?

- The lawyers for Velcro have one request: Don't say Velcro!



Are You Ready for the Future?

- This month marks the five-year anniversary of the inter partes review process. The process has saved billions of dollars, so why is it under attack?

- A new ethics opinion in Nebraska says that lawyers can accept bitcoin, as long as they immediately convert the bitcoin into US dollars. 

- The Supreme Court could revisit the 2014 Alice v CLS Bank decision. 


Odds and Ends

- The first and most famous verse of the civil rights anthem "We Shall Overcome" belongs in the public domain according to a Manhattan judge. 

- Oklahoma State and Ohio State were disputing the right to use OSU, but the universities have opted to carry on in "peaceful co-existence." 

- The #NoFreePhotos hashtag popped up on Instagram during Fashion Week. Why?

- A forthcoming paper examines the intellectual property surrounding internet folklore, like Slenderman, and argues that these works are part of the creative commons. 

See you next week!

The Alt Legal Team