Alfonso Ribeiro Joins the Fortnite Lawsuit Train for “The Carlton” Dance

From 2 Milly’s “Milly Rock” dance, to Backpack Kid’s “Flossing,” more and more artists are filing lawsuits against Epic Games over their emotes that replicate famous pop culture dances throughout modern history. Now, Carlton Banks himself, actor Alfonso Ribeiro, is also suing the game developer for their use of “The Carlton” dance in Fortnite Battle Royale. Click on this article link to learn more.

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“Milly Rock” Dance + Fortnite Lawsuit = Are Dance Moves Protectable IP?

Several performers and other artists have voiced concerns or given criticism about their signature dance moves being used in Fortnite Battle Royale as purchasable “emotes,” which range from actions, gestures, and dances that character can act out at different points in the game. Well 2 Milly, the rapper behind the “Milly Rock” dance, is taking Epic Games to court over their “swipe it,” which is an exact copy of the ‘Milly Rock’ dance, on the grounds that the artist who originally created the dance should be compensated since Epic Games makes money by selling emotes to players in Fortnite. Click on this article link to learn more.

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LL Cool J Sues Guerilla Union Over “Rock the Bells” Trademark

What does LL Cool J and Guerilla Union, Inc. have in common? Well apparently, it’s the use of the term “Rock the Bells” in conjunction with their musical works. James Todd Smith, the hip-hop recording artist commonly known by his stage name ‘LL Cool J,’ filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the Guerilla Union, Inc. and its founder Chang Weisberg, the company that produces the ‘Rock the Bells’ music festival. Click on this article link to learn more.

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Sony Files a New Patent for ‘Electronic Game Cartridge’

As first reported by Dutch tech website TechTastic, a design patent filed by Sony Interactive Entertainment, Inc. has recently been approved and made public. The design patent is registered in South Korea on the Korea Intellectual Property Rights Information Service (KIPRIS), and is for an electronic game cartridge, with a silver design, but what does this mean? Does this actually mean anything at all for PlayStation fans, or will this just fall into obscurity into the pit of dozens of patents and other IP that are filed by developers but never used? Click on this article link to learn more.

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Rockstar Games’ ‘Agent’ and the Issue of Trademark Abandonment

In 2007, Rockstar Games gave a teaser for a spy-themed video game titled ‘Agent’ that was set around the end of the cold war in the 1970s, and for over 10 years, fans eagerly awaited the release of the game that only had a small morsel of updates. Now, as we are approaching the end of November, and close to the end of 2018, an Agent trademark was designated as abandoned by the USPTO, and sources are all claiming that the developers have finally abandoned the game and just quietly let it go. But what does it really mean to abandon a trademark? Click on this article link to learn more.

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A Retrospect of Thanksgiving and IP

As we are about to enter the end of the year holiday season, we here at EIP wanted to take this Thanksgiving eve to look back and share some Thanksgiving-related patents and trademarks. As Thanksgiving is, by name, the time to count your blessings and reflect on what you’re grateful for, we are doing this special highlight to share our appreciation for how far IP has allowed the celebration of Thanksgiving to progress. Click on this article link to learn more.

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Just When You Thought Facebook Was Already Collecting Every Possible Thing They Could, Now They Can Deduce Household Compositions

Facebook, the Menlo Park, California-based company, is making news headlines again as news of software that it patented last year finally became public. The patent would allow the tech company to analyze information to create household profiles of their users by making educated guesses about how many people live in the household, what their relationships to each other are, what interests they share, and what electronic devices they use. They would use all kinds of information collected on users, from photos uploaded and tagged in, to status updates, past posts, and relationship histories to compile which users are part of the same household. Click on this article link to learn more.

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Samsung Files New Trademark Application for Galaxy Watch

Samsung’s has a new trademark for a wearable device, which means that a new smartwatch is on the way. With this trademark registration for a ‘Galaxy Watch,’ many are speculating that Samsung is about to make a move to unify it’s brand of smartwatches by bringing them under the umbrella of the ‘Galaxy’ line of mobile devices, which would also indicate a move from the Tizen operating system software to an Android-based software. Click on this article link to learn more.

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A Brief Explanation of What’s Happening in the EU Regarding the Copyright Directive

European copyright law is argued by some to be pretty terrible. Very soon, it could become a lot worse. The European Copyright Directive was originally enacted in 2001 and is in need of revision in order to keep up with the modern times. In October 2016, the European Commission released a legislative proposal for a new copyright mandate that focused on giving new and major powers and privileges to news publishers. That proposal was referred to several of the committees of the European Parliament, and has just recently been passed the European legal affairs committee. However, not everything is as great as it seems. There are many criticisms of the new directive, most of which refer to Articles 11 and 13, which has caused major controversy all across the internet. Click on this article link to learn more.

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