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Your source for news, updates and guidance on all things trademarks and intellectual property.

Alt Legal IP News – Issue #224

Bri Van Til | January 27, 2021
2 min read

Preserves and Preservation

Pearl Jamm was a Pearl Jam cover band until they received a cease-and-desist letter. They’re still Alive, though, and their lead singer (whose name, sadly, is not Jeremy) might be a Better Man. The band is now called Legal Jam.

Want to preserve your Italian trademark and keep it safe from genericide? Italian law has established a brand owner’s right to remove a trademark from a dictionary.

Get some swag that will let the world know that trademarks are your jam: all proceeds go to The Playing Field Project.

Ordinal Numbers

How will Kamala Harris—a first in so many ways—influence IP law?

Did you know the country’s first ever Second Gentleman is an IP attorney?

Rumors have circulated that Donald Trump may try to form a political third party—Patriot Party—but that name has been trademarked by, um, a third party.

A Coloring Book

Dr. Craig Wright has sent copyright infringement notices to several website owners to get them to remove his Bitcoin whitepaper from their sites.

Recent legislation has made changes to the Orange Book and established the Purple Book, both for patents.

Whether your patent’s examiner is red, yellow, or green will dramatically affect the chances of your application’s success. Read all about the system here.

Professional Concerns

If you know someone looking to be legal counsel, Dell ’em about this position.

Hershey goes again looking for IP counsel.

It’s unclear how many people need to reach a ConsenSys to hire you as legal counsel here.

Hurry up and apply to be a commercial transactions attorney at this tech company before their résumé Stack Overflows.

If YouWork as an IP paralegal, consider applying at WeWork. And don’t forget to check out our free paralegal course here.

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

The USPTO is considering changing the patent bar requirements to reduce the gender gap.

As can be expected, there was backlash from Huawei’s patent for an application to track Uyghurs; the tech company has backtracked.

LETTUCE TURNIP THE BEET” has a registered trademark, but the 9th Circuit concluded that the mark was functional, meaning others can’t be forbidden from printing the pun on t-shirts.

Some trademark infringement cases can be Boring.

Join us this Thursday to learn more about how to overcome generic and descriptive office actions. And make sure to sign up for our webinar next month as well to hear how the TMA will impact your practice.


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