In this week’s news:
- Intel puts 8,000 patents on the auction block
- Kim Kardashian backs down on a trademark
- HairBnB gets put in the pound
- Samsung has another great patent
- The USPTO has a new policy restricting foreign trademark filing
The case of Iancu vs Brunetti closed last week, with the Supreme Court in favor of Brunetti and his brand Friends You Can’t Trust, or FUCT. The ruling, based on the right to free speech, possibly opens the door for more vulgar trademarks.
The USPTO released documents stating there was infringement between patents from UC Berekely and the Broad Institute. The letter counters an earlier federal court decision, and will likely lead to a return to the courts.
Huawei countered claims their suit against Verizon is political, stating it is simple common business practice.
In other Huawei news, the Chinese firm is reportedly seeking to skirt the US ban by operating through their Texas-based subsidiary, Futurewei.
Kim Kardashian is in trouble with Japan after registering her shapewear trademark, Kimono. Many are accusing her of cultural appropriation, and the mayor of Kyoto himself has written her a letter, but so far she has not backed down.
The Intellectual Property Law Association wrote an amicus brief regarding the USPTO’s fee policies. The policy allows the USPTO to collect attorney fees, regardless of the court decision. The amicus calls the policy harmful towards inventors and states it goes against the accepted practice of clients covering their own fees.