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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.
- 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.
- 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.
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