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Alt Legal IP News - Issue #86

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Take a Lap


- Desiree Linder, the recent Boston Marathon winner, is seeking a trademark registration for the message that kept her motivated while training: "Keep Showing Up."

- After a seven-year trademark battle, Lionel Messi has won the right to use his surname on products. 

- Nike's newly patented technology may help regulate the core temperatures of athletes
 


Foreign Affairs


- Canada is experiencing a "green rush" to register cannabis-related trademarks

- A French museum recently discovered that nearly half the items in their collection are forgeries
 

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- Formula 1 now owns the trademark registration for "Shoey," a famous Australian podium celebration that involves drinking from a shoe. 
 


Millions and Millions


- The Fourth Circuit overturned a $32 million fine against Walmart, finding they did not deliberately infringe on a smaller chain's brand.

- A judge for the US Court of Appeals struck down a $200 million verdict for Merck, citing a "pervasive pattern of misconduct." 

- Seventeen years after filing, a group of freelancers won $9 million in a class action lawsuit for copyright infringement.
 


 Odds and Ends


- Is Kanye West going to be the next Martha Stewart

- Taylor Swift won in a copyright case, but she received a warning after seeking attorney's fees.

- The court battle over the gene-editing technology CRISPR is heating up.

- The US has labeled 36 countries, including China and newly-added Canada, as inadequately protecting US IP rights. 
 


See you next week!

The Alt Legal Team


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