We’re back with the weekly IP roundup! In this week’s IP roundup we have:
- Veteran Organizations at War
- The Samsung Coin isn’t Samsung
- Google Ad Platform Under Attack
- Facebook Improves Moderation
An ongoing trademark battle is putting the welfare of US veterans at risk. The Military Order of the Purple Heart, which offers services for wounded veterans, is in a dispute with its sister organization, the Purple Heart Foundation, over the use of the trademark for the Purple Heart. The Order of the Purple Heart feels that the Foundation is failing in its funding duties, and has been attempting to use the trademark to raise funds on its own, a decision the Foundation does not approve of.
Samsung is working on enabling cryptocurrencies on its next generation of smartphones, and it is believed they are working on their own currency even. However, it turns out that the registration for the Samsung Coin was not performed by the company. If it was a private individual, we can expect that Samsung won’t stand for this for long.
Google is being accused of patent infringement for its ad network. A California based tech firm claims that Google contacted them regarding the development of a platform for their ad network, but canceled the deal in the end and took the technology for themselves.
Facebook seems to be doubling down on its ability to silence dissent with the patenting of a shadowban feature. The new feature will allow moderators to ban comments without letting the person who made it know. The shadowbanned comments will still appear for the commenter, but no one else would be exposed to the offending content.