Alt Legal IP News - Issue #89

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Familiar Snacks

- Does this ketchup bottle remind you of something?

- Ritz is suing a Chinese company who produces a lookalike product for trademark infringement and MillerCoors is suing a Korean beer company over similarities to their Miller Lite branding.

- Inspired by INTA 2018, this is a great read on what it takes to protect the Starbucks brand.

Curse Words, Jokes, and Sex Toys

- The newest Deadpool movie cracks jokes at the expense of most of the intellectual property in the DC and Marvel universes. 


- The MTA is reviewing Cynthia Nixon's new subway t-shirts for potential trademark misuse. 

- Toys-R-Us is auctioning off their intellectual property as they liquidate the company. Some interesting domain names like are up for grabs. 

Wrapping Up

- Brandless, a company with minimal branding, was denied trademark protection for their packaging design. 

- The TTAB shut down the NJ Turnpike Authority's opposition to a pizza restaurant's logo. 

- After an outpouring of support for a local barber, a national chain walked back their request that he change his business' name. 

-Match is setting their Tinder dispute with Tantan.

 Odds and Ends

- Is Amazon complicit in the widespread counterfeiting on their site?

- Play-Doh received a trademark registration for the scent of Play-Doh, which they describe as a "sweet, slightly musky, vanilla fragrance, with slight overtones of cherry, combined with the smell of a salted, wheat-based dough."

- The EFF created a science fiction story about a fair use petition to the Copyright Office. 

- A German court ruled that a TV show cannot use "bloopers" from another network without permission.

- The creator of a Star Trek and Dr. Seuss mashup beat trademark claims largely due to a judge's mashup of a 1986 Federico Fellini film and the Fox hip-hop drama Empire.

See you next week!

The Alt Legal Team


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