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Alt Legal IP News – Issue #218

Bri Van Til | December 09, 2020
2 min read

The Holiday Season Is Here!

– If you’re looking for trademark swag, check out the new Alt Legal Trademarket. More items will be released soon, and all proceeds go to The Playing Field Project, a worthwhile charitable organization!

– If you’re looking to get into the holiday spirit, here are five Christmas movies in the public domain.

– Law enforcement, social media companies, and the UKIPO have coordinated to create Operation CAROL, an anti-counterfeiting campaign aimed at keeping shoppers safe.

– Not sure what to get for your trademark practitioner friends and colleagues this year? Ninety-six percent of Connect attendees said they’d recommend Connect to a friend. Get two or more tickets for the lowest price available. Use the code “friend-nl” to save!

The Meming of Life

President Trump is using New York’s anti-SLAPP law to defend against his retweeting of an altered video of two toddler boys.

– A group of hundreds of German artists has demanded that lawmakers there tighten regulations to remove copyright exceptions for memes and mashups.

– YouTube star PewDiePie’s recent recorder rendition of “My Heart Will Go On” has highlighted some significant issues with the DMCA and with the copyright dispute process.


– You wouldn’t approach a trademark application or an office action response without a strategy, and you shouldn’t market your firm without one either. Join Alt Legal and Phil Cox for a session on crafting a business development strategy for 2021.

Here are some strategies for expanding a trademark portfolio overseas.

– The Supreme Court’s decision in the case doesn’t mean all dotcom trademarks can be registered. Here’s a rundown of how to get these marks registered now.

Professional Concerns

– As a corporate attorney for Carhartt, you’d probably coverall sorts of legal issues.

– Look into this viable position as senior counsel at ViacomCBS.

Philips is looking for IP counsel. If you get the position, you could call yourself the Philips Head of IP.

– Freddie Mac will make you jump, jump to be senior counsel.

– The University of Missouri is looking for an IP attorney. It may sound like misery, but it’s actually quite a lovely place, I assure you!

– 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

– Hip-Hop streaming platform Spinrilla has been found liable for its users’ alleged copyright infringement. Here’s why that matters.

The USPTO is increasing trademark and TTAB fees next year.

– China has in recent months amended both its copyright and patent laws.

– In case you missed our webinar last week about running a virtual law firm, you can read about it and check out the recording here.

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