Need some good reading material? Here’s a quick recap of the top IP news stories and hot topics in IP we loved diving into the past month!

  • “The ruling comes after Touchstream filed a complaint in June 2021 claiming that it met with Google in December 2011 and was told that the tech giant wasn’t interested in partnering with it in February 2012. Google then released Chromecast in 2013. The complaint points to the first Chromecast and the second and third generations…” – Jury orders Google to pay $339M for patent-infringing Chromecast, Ars Technica
  • “The Authors Guild sent an open letter to the leaders of some of the world’s biggest generative AI companies. Signed by more than 9,000 writers, including prominent authors like George Saunders and Margaret Atwood, it asked the likes of Alphabet, OpenAI, Meta, and Microsoft “to obtain consent, credit, and fairly compensate writers for the use of copyrighted materials in training AI.” – The Generative AI Battle Has a Fundamental Flaw, WIRED
  • “Billionaire Elon Musk’s decision to rebrand Twitter as X could be complicated legally: companies including Meta and Microsoft already have intellectual property rights to the same letter. X is so widely used and cited in trademarks that it is a candidate for legal challenges – and the company formerly known as Twitter could face its own issues defending its X brand in the future.” – Meta, Microsoft, hundreds more own trademarks to new Twitter name, CNN
  • “It is never fun as a trademark owner to face a challenge from a better-resourced adversary. For context, Taco Bell has more locations, just in Ohio, than Taco John’s has nationwide. Add in the marketing collaboration it has with one of the world’s most recognized athletes, Lebron James, and it is no surprise that things were looking good for Taco Bell’s legal challenge — both on the merits and in the court of public opinion.” – Taco Tuesday Trademark Triangle, Above the Law


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