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Alt Legal IP News - Issue #145

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #145

Rise of the Robots

- Who owns the copyright to a classical symphony when Artificial Intelligence completes an unfinished work?

- A new tech tool from MIT can detect when images are fake or have been altered.

- In an age of ever-increasing legal technology, how will the role of lawyers evolve?

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 #126

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #126

- The USPTO released a report on trends and characteristics of inventors that are women. The report shows that while there is some good news, there is still much to be done to increase diversity. 

- Tuberculosis survivors are challenging a pharmaceutical company's patent-protected monopoly on TB treatment.

Beware: Recent Fraud on the USPTO Trademark System

Hi everyone! This is a guest blog post from Sonia Lakhany (@trademarklawyerlady)! The above video is about a recent issue that is starting to affect many of our clients’ trademark registrations, so I thought I would supplement it with a post explaining what is going on. As you can see below, every USPTO trademark application that is filed has a Correspondence section that lists the name, mailing address, email address, and other contact information for the person who will be the official correspondent for the application.

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #108

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #108

A new study details the relationship between the government, specifically the USPTO, and the private sector. The study finds the movement of examiners from the USPTO to the private sector often correlates with the examiners' patent grant rates at those companies.

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. 

2017 in Review: The Top 10 IP Articles

2017 in Review: The Top 10 IP Articles


With the days of 2017 waning, we decided to crunch some numbers and find the top 10 most clicked articles from our weekly newsletter.

Alt Trademarks: Episode 15 - Anne Gilson LaLonde

Alt Trademarks: Episode 15 - Anne Gilson LaLonde

Hannah speaks with Anne Gilson LaLonde. Anne is the author of the trademark treatise Gilson on Trademarks. She took over authorship of the book from her father, Jerome Gilson, in 2006. Anne has also written articles on a variety of trademark-related topics, many co-authored with her father.

The Challenging New Frontier of Marijuana IP

The Challenging New Frontier of Marijuana IP

The relationship between trademark law and cannabis is complicated. Cannabis is now legal for recreational or medicinal use in 28 states, but it is still classified as a Schedule I drug (read: illegal) under federal law. The US Patent and Trademark Office will not register a trademark for use in connection with goods and services that are illegal under federal law, so cannabis retailers cannot register federal trademarks for many of their goods and services.

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #61

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #61

In case you need a last minute costume idea, I'd suggest a patented dino outfit made for one or for two

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

Introducing: Beyond the Docket

Introducing: Beyond the Docket

Welcome to our new series, Beyond the Docket. After thousands of conversations with IP lawyers, we decided it was time to share some of the most interesting stories and perspectives. This week's interview is with Jon Tobin. Jon implements the newest technology and a unique subscription billing model to bring the best possible service to his clients.

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #36

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #36

Ever wondered about Emoji law? Eric Goldman has prepared a comprehensive survey on emojis and how they will impact the law. He'd also love to hear your comments.