Welcome to Alt Legal IP News, a weekly digest of IP news and developments. Get it delivered right to your inbox.
If you have an article or update you think we’d like, please send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schedule a demo or training here.
Check out our latest Alt Trademarks episode! This episode I spoke with Niki Black (MyCase) about trends in legal tech, cloud computing, and artificial intelligence. Check out the episode here.
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- What happens when a well-known author is sued for copyright infringement by the author of an unpublished book?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