Need some good reading material? Here’s a quick recap of the top IP news stories we loved diving into this month!
- “Thirty signatories have promised to focus on an under-represented inventor group, launch programmes to address disparities in levels of patenting and track data to measure improvements.” – Top IP owners have pledged to boost inventor diversity, but more must follow, iam Media
- “…competitive Magic is all about building the perfect deck to dominate on the tournament circuit. If anyone can get a copyright for their collection of cards — cards that Wizards bought, paid for, and owns the rights to in literally every other respect — then what does that mean for players?” – A provocative new copyright for Magic: The Gathering cards raises unusual questions, Polygon
- “Guns N’ Roses is filing lawsuits in tour cities to combat what it says are illegal peddlers that deprive the band of tens of thousands — sometimes hundreds of thousands — of dollars per night in merchandise sales.” – Guns N’ Roses Back on Tour With Lawyer to Hunt Bootleg T-Shirts, Bloomberg
- “…when humanity needed a way to deliver mRNA to human cells to arrest the pandemic, there was only one reliable method available[…] A months-long investigation by Forbes reveals that the scientist most responsible for this critical delivery method is a little-known 57-year-old Canadian biochemist named Ian MacLachlan.” – Covid’s Forgotten Hero: The Untold Story Of The Scientist Whose Breakthrough Made The Vaccines Possible, Forbes
- “The complaint said Warby Parker, which is traditionally known for glasses, began selling contacts online in late 2019. At the time, 1-800 Contacts says Warby Parker began buying keyword ads for its trademarks on Google and other search engines, causing customers that search for 1-800 Contacts to see Warby Parker ads at the top of the results.” – 1-800 Contacts sues Warby Parker for trademark infringement over keyword ads, Reuters
Final tidbits: North Carolina upholds state’s anti-patent troll law; More on the #BlackTikTokStrike & Copyright; A spotlight on Non-Compete agreements in the Yoga business
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