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Your source for news, updates and guidance on all things trademarks and intellectual property.

Alt Legal IP News – Issue # 188

Bri Van Til | May 12, 2020
2 min read


– A packaging company in Delaware is suing Clorox for allegedly infringing its patents for containers. Maybe it wants to wipe out the competition.

– A law firm in Dallas has fired an administrator who allegedly posted on Twitter threats to use a “Glock” and “Hornady hollow points” if he was required to wear a mask at Whole Foods.

– Since the pandemic began, applicants have filed hundreds of trademark applications for various face masks, including to protect slogans like, “Make America Breathe Again.”

Animals Crossing IP Lines

– A photographer in Indiana is alleging copyright infringement of his photo of a horse.

– Do animals have IP rights?

– An applicant has failed to catch a patent for his process of “select[ing] a colored or colorless quality of a fishing hook based on observed and measured water conditions.”

Eventual Success

– For the next webinar in our series, come hear Stefanie Marrone talk about how to market your firm’s services in this strange time.

– As always, come to our weekly virtual happy hour on Thursday at 5 EST!

– In case you missed Maddy Martin and Sonia Lakhany’s webinar on awesome and affordable technology to use to meet client demands, check out the recording and presentation.

– INTA’s June conference, “Brands in Society: Their Influence and Responsibility,” is going virtual.

– This Lexology- and WTR-sponsored webinar focuses on domain strategies.

Professional Concerns

– Warner Music Group needs rockin’ associate counsel, and is looking for associate general counsel that they can give a stamp of approval.

– Hachette Book Group is looking for associate general counsel; they want an applicant who’s sharp.

– Like every other company on this list, T-Mobile is also looking for counsel, but they want theirs to be senior.

– Have an open role on your team? Send a link to your job listing to, and we’ll publish it in our next newsletter.

Odds and Ends

– Update: the Dr. Seuss/Star Trek copyright infringement case is boldly going to the 9th Circuit.

– A judge ordered an attorney, whom many Southern District judges refer to as a “copyright troll,” to take a firm management course because he has allegedly repeatedly failed to follow her instructions.

– Nintendo has filed copyright claims to shut down posts about the fan-developed Super Mario 64 PC port.

– AI might not qualify for IP protection, but the USPTO plans to use it to aid in IP registration.

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