This blog contains our personal opinions on legal topics that interest us.

April 26, 2018

On my Macintosh, I received a notice that there is an updated version of Java -- Java v8 update 171 build 11 (released on April 17).

Because I now am accessing the USPTO website using Java Web Start (see my post on connecting to the USPTO with Web Start), I'm not conce...

April 24, 2018

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals finally issued its decision in the infamous Naruto - Monkey Selfie case (see case opinion).  The Court of Appeals didn't have to issue this decision because the parties had settled (see NPR link), but it denied the parties motion to d...

April 24, 2018

Making America Great Again.  Or, at least clean, using a Swiss manufactured laundry detergent.

April 19, 2018

This is almost too crazy to believe -- and it sounds like something out of a movie.

In 2017, a casino's high-roller database was stolen via an internet of things (IOT) connected thermostat for a fish tank in a lobby (see Washington Post article; Mashable article)


April 16, 2018

I found these potato chips in Austria.  Made me think of Ruffles potato chips.

April 12, 2018

Have you ever seen one of those "warranty void if ..." stickers on your consumer electronics? 

Did you know that those stickers generally are worthless because they violate the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act (15 U.S.C. § 2301 et seq.). The MMWA prohibits tying a consumer pr...

April 9, 2018

I bought these throat lozenges in Germany. 

Did you notice the branding?

They kept certain trade dress elements:  the curved shape at the top, and the green triangular shape behind the brand name.  But, they tweaked the brand name from "VICKS" to "WICK".  This change mak...

April 3, 2018

Netflix just designed a new font -- Netflix Sans (see link to Techspot article).  Why?  Probably because using the Gotham font was costing it millions of dollars a year.  And, as a bonus, by creating their own font, they add another layer of branding to their platform....

April 2, 2018

Over the weekend, the movie Ready Player One opened. The movie is a smorgasbord of references to films, TV shows, games and toys; and each of those references had to be cleared for use in the the movie.

Clearing all of those references might have been impossible, but th...