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Alt Legal IP News - Issue #85

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Digestible Content

- The Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) is suing MoMaCha, a cafe and exhibition space, for trademark infringement. Yelp reviews of MoMaCha include statements like, "Truly, the art makes this spot special (After all, this IS an off-shoot of MoMa)." 

- Jack Daniels is suing Texas distillers that also make whiskey in a square bottle

- KitKat is set to lose their trademark rights to their four-fingered candy shape in the EU. 
 

Patent Corner

- Why is China exhibiting outdated US patent models

- Apple's patents suggest an Apple flip phone, or as they call it, a foldable iPhone is coming. 

- Do fewer patent continuations indicate a healthier patent system?

- Today, in a 7-2 opinion, the Supreme Court held that the USPTO has the power to reconsider patents, which is a win for some of the largest tech companies.
 

Art & Controversy

- The Ninth Circuit issued their opinion in the monkey selfie case, holding that animals cannot sue for copyright protection. Check out the opinion here

- A photographer is suing Cambridge Analytica for copyright infringement. 

- An art collector who spent $13 million since 2013 is suing Jeff Koons and a gallery for failing to deliver 3 sculptures, including a balloon sculpture. While that case does not involve IP claims, Koons has previously threatened legal action over balloon shape bookends
 

Odds and Ends

- Last week I linked to a great logo via Twitter. If you don't follow Tim Ackermann on Twitter, you were directed to his Twitter, rather than the tweet I intended to include (see below). A Twitter lesson learned!

- A California court awarded a $6.4 million judgment in a revenge porn case, which is one of the highest verdicts in a case of that kind. The judgment included $450,000 for copyright infringement, a common claim in these types of cases. 

- A trademark battle is brewing between two Canadian beer companies

- Gucci and Guess have ended a nine-year trademark dispute. The agreement "will result in the conclusion of all pending IP litigations and trademark office matters worldwide."

- Long read: The New Yorker has an interesting look into the Chinese workers who assemble designer bags in Tuscany, including counterfeiting allegations made by some of the Italians they work alongside. 
 

See you next week!
The Alt Legal Team

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