Woman Takes on Coca-Cola in Trademark Dispute and Wins

In 2005, an Australian woman named Annabelle Young wanted to start a tea company. In order to protect her IP she decided to trademark the name HONEST TEA in Australia.  Not too long after her trademark issued,  an American company using the same name brought suit against her claiming global rights in the name.  That company was unsuccessful but shortly thereafter, Coca-Cola bought the US based company and took aim at Young again, claiming that her product was not a tea.  After ten years of legal battles and immense legal fees, Young finally succeeded in defending her trademark.  This case highlights the importance of trademarking your names, logos and slogans early on in the business development stages in protecting your brand. 

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Use Caution when Issuing Take Down Notices: “Copyright Law Does Not Authorize Thoughtless Censorship of Lawful Speech”

A Pennsylvania woman recently faced a copyright infringement suit when she posted a video of her child dancing to Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” in 2007.  Universal Music Corp. contacted YouTube after learning of the video and had the posting taken down for a period of several weeks.  The video was later restored after the mother argued that there were no legitimate grounds for removal.  She then filed suit against Universal claiming damages for the wrongful denial of access for her publication.

A federal judge in San Jose found for the Plaintiff and the Ninth Circuit upheld the opinion, finding that a copyright holder must consider whether the copyright use is “fair” prior issuing a take down notice.

3D Printers to Begin Printing in Graphene

In 2010, two scientists received the Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of a new material.  Six years earlier they used adhesive to lift a layer of carbon from a block of graphite and then placed it layer on a silicon wafer, creating “graphene.”  Graphene is essentially a two dimensional layer of carbon having amazing physical properties. It is 200 times stronger than steel and carries 1000 times the electrical current of copper having the same density, yet it is transparent and flexible.  

In 2014, the Chinese built the world’s largest 3D printer in the hopes of constructing buildings out of a graphene and fiberglass matrix of sorts.  Others are expected to follow suit, revolutioning the world of 3D printing. 

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NASA Developing First Warp Drive

NASA has been wrestling with the time constraints of space travel for years but recently a physicist by the name of Miguel Alcubierre came up a concept that may make deep space travel a reality.  Alcubierre’s theory involves a “space bubble” that can travel faster than the speed of light while the ship inside remains stationary.  This bubble contracts space and time in front of the ship and expands it behind it. The energy required to create this bubble would be enormous; however, Sonny White of NASA’s Johnson Space Center believes that these energy requirements would be greatly reduced if the ring is formed in the shape of a donut.  Prototype warp engines are now being built and recent testing suggests that the warp speed travel might actually be feasible. 

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Newly Patented Devices Use Heat and Ionized Air to Protect Against Shock Waves

A newly patented devices suggest the use of heat and ionized air to protect troops against the shock waves generated by explosions.  The patent suggests placement of arc generators on the exterior of vehicles along with a sensor to detect an inbound sock wave.  The generators would create a large arc of electricity to heat and ionize the air, deflecting the shock wave. 

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Court Recognizes Orangutan’s Right to Life, Liberty and Freedom

A zoo in Buenos Aires was recently ordered to free a 29 year old female orangutan after an Argentine court recognized the animals right to life, liberty and freedom.  This is the first time that a court has recognized such rights in a non-human animal.  CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE.