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Alt Legal IP News – Issue #231

Bri Van Til | March 17, 2021
2 min read

In Dispute

When is it best to settle patent litigation to avoid the “patent litigation money pit”?

If you file lawsuits, make sure your actions aren’t “vexatious and wanton,” or you might be sanctioned.

Here’s a great primer on arbitration for IP disputes.

World Trademark Review has a great series about international arbitration, with articles about why to arbitrate, how to obtain relief, and how to arbitrate against sovereigns.

Diversity and Equity

An Australian Aboriginal artists’ group says Indigenous artists are unfairly compensated and is urging them to stop selling their copyrights.

A developer is suing Apple for copyright infringement for allegedly copying her diverse emoticons.

Senators last week introduced the IDEA Act of 2021 (not to be confused with the IDEA Act from the ’80s, which is about disabilities and special education). This IDEA Act is aimed at collecting demographic data about patent inventors to increase patent owner diversity.

Candid Camera

Camera company GoPro has filed an opposition to MAXHEROES, which the company says is confusingly similar to its own registration for HERO.

What risks do you take when you use candid photography in your marketing?

Professional Concerns

Applying to direct legal affairs at this streaming company is a Sound(cloud) decision.

If we could serve as patent attorneys, this job listing might Tempus.

I won’t (Sales)force you to consider being trademark counsel at this tech company, but it might be worth applying.

Want more information about serving as litigation counsel for this tech company? Google it.

Orange you glad to know that there’s an opening for senior IP counsel at Citrix?

Alter your view of what’s possible with technology by applying to be Director of Business and Legal Operations here at Alt Legal.

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

In case you missed our webinar last week about IP protections for open-source and copyleft projects, make sure to watch the recording!

The NCAA is worried about likelihood of confusion between VASECTOMY MAYHEM and MARCH MADNESS; they’re attempting to cancel the urologist’s trademark, but maybe that hits below the belt.

Looking for legal tech? There’s an extension for that.

License terms are important, and the Federal Circuit says they’re going to enforce them.

Juries seem willing to award billions of dollars for patent infringement, even when the holder is a nonpracticing entity.

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