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From Streetwear to the Supreme Court: An Alt Legal Interview with John Sommer

From Streetwear to the Supreme Court: An Alt Legal Interview with John Sommer

On Monday, April 15th, 2019 the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Iancu v. Brunetti, which will likely address whether Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act’s prohibition on the federal registration of “immoral” or “scandalous” marks is facially invalid under the free speech clause of the First Amendment. Erik Brunetti, a streetwear icon, was barred by the USPTO for receiving a trademark registration because his clothing company FUCT was considered immoral or scandalous.

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #73

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #73

Boing Boing (Happy Mutants LLC) filed a motion to dismiss in their case against Playboy, who is alleging copyright infringement because of links to images of Playboy centerfolds. Playboy's response brief suggests they might be backing down. 

Opera Singer Turned Lawyer Kristen Roberts Discusses Building a Practice Using Tech and Giving Back

Opera Singer Turned Lawyer Kristen Roberts Discusses Building a Practice Using Tech and Giving Back

Welcome back to Beyond the Docket! This time around we chat with Kristen Roberts of Trestle Law. Kristen relies on technology to make her almost entirely virtual office tick and has been known to record a singing track or two on Garageband. 

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #67

 Alt Legal IP News - Issue #67

A judge approved a deal for the production of a documentary about Prince's life, which is estimated to earn his estate an eight-figure sum. 
 

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #63

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #63

A Brooklyn jury found that the graffiti on the 5Pointz complex, despite its transient nature, should be considered art and was illegally destroyed.

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #59

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #59

The production company behind the Simpsons has filed trademark applications for their closing credits logo, animation, and jingle

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #58

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #58

The Zappa siblings are involved in an ongoing trademark battle, which Dweezil has outlined in a lengthy personal blog post.

Australian cannabis companies are dealing with IP difficulties similar to those of US cannabis companies. This post compares the jurisdictions and the options for seeking protection through Plant Breeder's Rights, patents, and The Open Cannabis Project

The Ethics of IP Management Software

The Ethics of IP Management Software

If you’re an intellectual property attorney, you know that punctuality for filings is central to your firm’s success. You’ve likely lost sleep worrying about your client’s filing deadlines and knowing that a missed deadline would be a nightmare in more ways than one. We have outlined some ethical considerations and solutions that will help ensure you never miss a deadline and consequently have an efficient, stress-free practice.

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #55

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #55

In advance of the release of the second season, a Stranger Things-themed bar popped up in Chicago. Netflix sent the owners a really wonderful cease and desist, promising a fair deal and a warning that "the demogorgon isn't always as forgiving." 

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #54

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #54

A mistake on the title card of Night of the Living Dead led to an explosion of zombie (movie) apocalypses. 

Spoiler Alert: Startup Secrets and Hidden Trademarks

Spoiler Alert: Startup Secrets and Hidden Trademarks

Any good product requires a considerable amount of planning. As we highlighted in our previous blog post, some companies will go to great lengths to keep these plans secret. Other companies, particularly smaller ones with less structured, anticipated, or secretive releases, do not go to the same lengths, which means by running some trademark searches we might be able to find clues for what is coming down the pipeline.