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Alt Legal IP News - Issue #99

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Internet Age

- The man behind the viral Honey Badger Don't Care video has another shot at making greeting card companies care about his trademark lawsuit. Check out the opinion here.

- An attorney's bull-riding advertising has resulted in an indictment for allegedly calling in a coordinated cyber attack against his critics.

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- Universal Music has withdrawn a DMCA takedown notice for a video of thousands of Prince fans singing Purple Rain the day after the singer died.

- Sometimes Twitter really delivers: "Transformative work of the day, Willy Wonka edition."
 

Patent Seekers

Clint Eastwood has "undertaken herculean efforts" to reclaim patents designed to combat diabetes and other diseases. 

- A retired professor is suing Lyft for patent infringement, claiming their business model infringes on his ride-sharing patent.

- Women of color have fueled much of the growth in women-owned businesses, but they are "far less likely than men" to hold patents.
 

Internet Age Pt. 2

- Slack may have won the office messaging wars. Stride and HipChat are shutting down operations, transferring their intellectual property to Slack as part of a "partnership."

- Groupon was found to have infringed 4 of IBM's e-commerce patents, costing Groupon $83 million.

- A bedding company is suing Amazon for showing inferior products when consumers search variations of the company's name. 
 

 Odds and Ends

- Balenciaga is under fire for a kitschy New York souvenir bag they debuted as part of their 2018 Resort Collection. A souvenir wholesaler claims the bag is infringing on their copyright.

- A European court has ruled that the taste of cheese is not eligible for copyright protection. You can find an in-depth analysis of the opinion here

- Trademarks are having a moment. The Senate passed a resolution that recognizes the need for more public awareness around trademarks, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the newest trademark advocate.

- Following a settlement and the surrender of two trademark registrations, #Cockygate is finally over

This band has been trying to register their name since the USPTO rejected their application for being scandalous in May 2015. Is it finally time to grant their registration?
 

See you next week!

Hannah from Alt Legal
 

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