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Alt Legal IP News – Issue #220

Bri Van Til | December 23, 2020
2 min read

The End of 2020

– This year is almost over, and you’re going to need a business development plan for next year. Join Alt Legal and Phil Cox next month for a webinar about crafting a business development strategy for 2021.

– If you have a favorite IP book that was published this year, nominate it to win this prize!

– Here’s a list of the top trade secrets cases of 2020. I want to make a joke that I can’t tell you about them, though (you know… ’cause they’re secrets).

Brexiting the EU

– Apparently Brexit negotiations are stalled over fishing rights. I’m not sure who’s on the hook for getting that worked out, but I hope it turns out to have a net positive outcome.

– The UK’s withdrawal from the European Union concludes at the end of the year. What does that mean for EU and UK trademarks?

And what does it mean for patents?

– If you have existing EU trademarks docketed with Alt Legal, we will help you take care of the transition. Read all about how Alt Legal will handle EU/UK trademarks.


The must-pass spending bill being considered this week includes controversial IP law changes including the CASE Act; the Trademark Modernization Act; and the DMCA, which, as we mentioned last week, could make illegal streaming a felony.

This petition seeks to stop the revised DMCA language currently present in the spending bill.

– YouTube has filed a motion to dismiss a copyright infringement lawsuit after alleging that the plaintiff’s DMCA takedown requests were sent from the same IP address that uploaded the content.

Professional Concerns

General Motors needs data counsel. I bet you’d report to the general counsel. In general.

– Goldman Sachs is looking for an IP paralegal. You got this position in the bag if you want it!

– Oh Snap! This place is hiring content and music counsel.

Warner Music Group has an opening for a VP of business and legal affairs. If you’re applying, let me know: I’ll call their trademark counsel and warn ‘er.

Authentic Brands Group needs trademark counsel. It’s probably way better than being trademark counsel for Designer Imposter Brands Group.

Zynga is looking for IP counsel. I don’t know anything about the company, but part of me imagines that they named themselves that so that they could make the joke that you saved the best for last.

– 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

Is it legal for Chinese manufacturers to copy the products they’re creating for a company? Without the proper safeguards, it appears so.

– In case you’re curious, the first ever sports bra, which was patented, was made from jock straps. So many jokes. So few that are appropriate. But I got this one in under the wire.

The Cleveland Indians are going to take their time to rebrand so that they can ensure proper trademark protection.

TTAB says that Gruyere is fair game. I was going to make a pun about that, but I decided to Swiss it up. If you like my cheesy IP puns, make sure to buy your “Cheese and Desist” gear. It’s for a great cause.

– There will be no newsletter next week. Happy holidays, and I’ll see you in 2021!

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