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Alt Legal IP News - Issue #81

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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.

Musically Inclined

- Advocates of the Music Modernization Act believe the legislation will benefit the music industry as a whole and increase fairness for independent musicians. 

- Last week, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a jury verdict for Marvin Gaye in a case against Pharrell and Robin Thicke. This post breaks down the decision, including some key points from a fiery dissent. 

- Tyler, the Creator, is being sued for $750k for the alleged unauthorized use of a sample of a 1971 soul song. 
 

International Waters

- As a potential trade war looms, $50 billion of Chinese goods were targeted with tariffs, possibly as a retaliation for intellectual property abuse in Beijing

- These tariffs raise the question, how much has the U.S. lost from intellectual property theft in China?

- This episode of All Things Considered dives into the stake China has in American intellectual property
 

Pizza, Games, & Movies

- An interesting trademark dispute is brewing between a YouTuber and Domino's pizza over a Domino's car he rebuilt after an accident. 

- Fortnite, a video game that recently got a lot of attention from a live stream, could file many potential trademark applications, but the ones they are choosing to file may give more insight into the game. 

- A chef is opening an '80s and '90s themed burger pop-up. Is he also cooking up a potential IP dispute?
 

 Odds and Ends

- Many articles were written last week about Amazon's new patent but this one has my favorite headline: "Amazon patents delivery drones that can react to people screaming and flailing."

- The internet has been buzzing with rumors about the "Yeezy" trademark. This great article breaks down why those rumors are fashion fake news. 

- A specimen on the trademark application for "Cambridge Analytica" could offer some clues about their activity and spending. 

- Does the new "Glade Atmosphere Collection" logo remind you of anything?

See you next week!
The Alt Legal Team

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