Alt Legal IP News - Issue #79

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Check out our latest episode of Alt Trademarks. This episode features Lauren D. Shinn of WIPO. We discuss her role at WIPO and recent updates to the UDRP.


The Arts

- A photographer who received threats from Duran Duran's representatives to get him to sign over the rights to his photographs has started a blockchain based company for creative types.

- The Copyright Office rejected an application to register a middle finger pictogram but did not take up the question of whether pictograms can qualify as literary works. 

- Jay Z has "99 problems and this IP case is definitely one of them." 


- An Australian woman obtained a trademark registration for "divisive graffiti" about Jesus' love for nachos

- A brunch themed trademark battle broke out between between two restaurants, Early Morning and Friends with Benedicts, over the phrase "Mimosa House." 

- A pastry chain is going after several competitors for their use of "Master Bao" in connection with similar buns

- The chicken shop Nando's asked another peri peri restaurant with a bird logo, Fernando's, to rebrand. The owner of Fernando's says the logo is a variation on a traditional Portuguese chicken symbol, not copied from Nando's. 

Inventors and Inventions

- UC Berkeley and their colleagues received another important European patent for CRISPR technology

- Apple keyboards of the future may be dust and crumb resistant.

- The USPTO released their new patent design and corresponding media kit

- The Daily Show took a look at how robots are disrupting the legal industry

 Odds and Ends

Enamel pins have become a contentious issue in the fashion industry, particularly for indie designers and fast fashion brands. 

- A Texas man is attempting to register a trademark for "Wakanda Wine Festival." 

- Border Officers are already prepping for the World Cup with training on football counterfeits. 

- IP Watchdog did a deep dive into the significance of the Copyright Board's recent ruling, which raised royalty payments to songwriters and music publishers. 

See you next week!

The Alt Legal Team