Alt Legal IP News – Issue #213
Bri Van Til | November 04, 2020
– Facing opposition from the WWE, Cody Rhodes has abandoned his trademark applications for SLAMBOREE and THE MATCH BEYOND.
– WWE IP counsel Lauren Dienes-Middlen says the biggest IP threats WWE faces are counterfeit products and piracy.
– The WWE wants to own the past, present, and future. Or at least “THEN, NOW, FOREVER.”
Election Day Is Here!
– Does the Commissioner of Patents need to be appointed by the president? Might the findings in Arthrex affect that?
– The USPTO faced backlash for appearing partisan after social media posts on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn credited President Trump’s leadership for the US’s top IP ranking.
– How might the election affect pharmaceutical companies, including their patent rights?
– Have you heard that there’s an election today? It’s kind of a big deal. Please go vote!
A Harrowing Halloween?
– What rights do deceased celebrities have to their images, names, and likenesses?
– Here are some patented costumes for your pet. If you take a photo and use it to identify your brand, maybe you can file for a tradebark, too.
– This company may have hiring communications counsel down to an Exact Science, and I bet you could save money if you were Walmart‘s senior trademark counsel.
– The Center for Reproductive Rights is seeking associate general counsel. You may have been in IP too long if that listing made you think of copyright disputes.
– Grab your Penn and make a note to apply to be executive director of IP at this prestigious Ivy League university.
– Baker McKenzie, which sadly does not make brownies, is looking for an IP tech attorney.
– Going to the INTA Annual/Leadership Meeting? Here’s a webinar about how to get the most out of it!
– Curious about USPTO rules surrounding ethics, representation, and signatures? Check out this USPTO webinar next week.
– Have an open role on your team? Send a link to your job listing to email@example.com, and we’ll publish it in our next newsletter.
Odds and Ends
– Don’t forget to join Alt Legal and Seth Gardenswartz on Thursday to learn the bitter truth about trademarks for craft breweries. And join us afterwards for a hoppin’ fun happy hour. I can beerly wait!
– Restaurants owners are suing Grubhub for allegedly listing them without their permission. They claim as many as 150,000 restaurants are affected by the practice.
– After COVID-19 hit, there was a spike in trademark applications from surprising groups. See our recap of the first half of last week’s TPAC.
– We had a wonderful time at Alt Legal Connect, and we hope you did, too! You can find recaps of sessions here, and we’ll send out information about accessing recordings soon.