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What Are the Neighbors Doing?
- A reverse class action copyright infringement lawsuit in Canada (the first of its kind) could create a "machine" for obtaining cash settlements from those illegally downloading movies online.
- This article takes you on a tour to the center of Chinese counterfeiting.
- Prosciutto di Parma, a prosciutto name far more regulated than you might think, is heading to Canadian grocery stores after a twenty-year trademark dispute.
- A pair of Italian brothers managed to win a dispute with Apple over their company name, "Steve Jobs."
- The Southern District of New York held that federal courts are not empowered to cancel or nullify copyright registrations.
- New York became the first city to pass a bill targeting algorithmic discrimination by automated decision systems.
- A recent paper narrowed in on three specific ways the patent process encourages low-quality patents, backed up by empirical evidence.
A New Year
- 2017 was the year of women in legal tech.
- Apple is getting into "business chat" in 2018.
- New year, new Supreme Court In and Out List.
- There are five pending art-related cases before the Supreme Court that may reshape the art world.
Odds and Ends
- Amazon may be in a dispute with YouTube and their recent AmazonTube trademark application probably won't help smooth things over.
- In an effort to curb counterfeit sales, a German court just ordered Amazon to stop buying Google AdWords for variations on the word Birkenstock.
- In car patent news, Apple is hoping to minimize map usage with self-driving cars and GM wants to protect pedestrians with external airbags.
- Beyonce has lost a bid to keep the logistics of her upcoming deposition in her trademark dispute over "Blue Ivy Carter" confidential.
- A Ninth Circuit decision may provide some guidance for lawyers approving the use of third-party trademarks in film and television.
See you next week!
The Alt Legal Team