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Alt Legal IP News – Issue #216

Bri Van Til | November 25, 2020
2 min read

I’m So Disney

– Disney just applied for a trademark for BOBA FETT, signaling that the character might make it into The Mandalorian.

– Does MILLENNIAL FALCON, sought for music and entertainment services, infringe on Disney’s rights?

– Alan Dean Foster is accusing Disney of improperly ceasing to pay him royalties for his work on the Star Wars and Alien franchises.

– Disney has filed a Brief in Opposition in The Moodsters v. Disney, in which they argue that copyright protection for characters should only extend to those that are “well-delineated,” not “stock, generic, or vaguely-defined characters” like the ones at issue in the suit.

Ethical Considerations

Here are some answers to common ethical questions.

Two attorneys are being sued for copyright infringement and fraud for allegedly getting a client’s login credentials for the Center for Workplace Compliance and then illegally downloading more than 2000 pages of content to help other clients.

– For information on the USPTO’s ethical guidelines, check out this recording from Alt Legal Connect. Use the code “newsletter” for a discount.

The Future

– India, South Africa and other developing nations have proposed suspending IP protections related to COVID cures and vaccines, but the WTO has not yet reached an agreement on the matter.

How can patent licensing help save the planet?

Professional Concerns

– This IP counsel position might be Harman, but it might also be awesome!

– The time is running out to apply to be music licensing counsel at TikTok.

– It might be Impossible to get this job as IP transactions counsel.

– Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath—which I always think of as a complete sentence—is looking for a trademark prosecutor.

WeWork—which is actually a sentence—needs an IP paralegal.

– Nestle is looking for some 1Ls for this internship. It sounds like a sweet gig.

– 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

– Whether you’ve been practicing virtually for ages or are still getting accustomed to this new way of working, come to our last webinar of the year, where Merlyne Jean-Louis will teach you how to make your virtual practice a success in real life.

The New York Times is suing Time for trademark infringement. Only time will tell which will be the victor.

– The now infamous Giuliani press conference is about to be memorialized by a new beer, Four Saisons Total Landscaping. For more craft beer puns (and great information, too) check out this recording of Seth Gardenswartz’s webinar.

– From TOMPA BAY to RISE AND SHINE to BLACK LIVES MATTER, these trademarks have made headlines recently.

– This series looks at petitions that were timely filed but were still dismissed as moot because of a delay on the USPTO’s end.

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