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Alt Legal IP News – Issue # 201

Bri Van Til | August 11, 2020
2 min read

I’m Just Trolling

– The EFF is urging Congress to step in to reform the patent process, including to reduce patent trolling.

– So-called patent trolls cost inventors tons of money, so dozens of patent holders have submitted a writ of certiorari asking the Supreme Court to consider the role of patent judges.

– What is the relationship between big tech companies and patent trolls?

Luxury Brands

– A recent trademark application suggests that an electric Corvette may be in the works.

– Christian Dior attempted to bar registry of PRETTY SAVAGE in the UK, arguing its registration would dilute SAUVAGE, but the UKIPO found there would be no likelihood of confusion.

– To learn more about protecting luxury brands and entering into the lucrative fashion IP law industry, join us for our webinar, “Take It to the Runway: Succeeding in Fashion IP Law,” this Thursday at 4 ET.

Hey, That’s Mine!

– Social streaming site Triller is alleging patent infringement by TikTok.

– Hershey wants New York artist Andrew Bell to stop producing KillKat and Kisses of Death toys.

– Former racecar driver turned auto parts manufacturer Steve Saleen is alleging that the government of Rugao in China stole $800 million worth of his IP.

– How can you police your trademarks to protect what’s yours? Use a §2(d) watch service. Interested in monitoring your trademarks? Contact our sales team to learn more!

Professional Concerns

– Make a Wish to feel great about what you do as assistant general counsel.

– This apparel company has a Gap in its IP team.

– Who are you to judge? Perfect. The USPTO is looking for an administrative trademark judge.

– This is the Docusign to get a job as the product legal director.

– Make sure you’re asking all the right questions, collecting all the right information, and storing it in the right places to ensure smooth client communications. Come join us and Andrea Evans for Impeccable Intake on August 27th at 4 ET.

– 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

– Hello Kitty has a new job in Japan: educating people about copyright.

– WTR wants to know about your use of trademark services suppliers.

– Do you remember that episode of The Golden Girls where Dorothy’s work gets plagiarized? Read all about it here.

– If you missed Rachel Brenke’s webinar about office actions, you can find the recording here and recordings of past webinars here.

– For more great Alt Legal content, join us at Alt Legal Connect in October. Use the code “newsletter” for a discount.

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