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

Alt Legal IP News – Issue #236

Bri Van Til | April 21, 2021
2 min read

Can’t Quite Place It

For years Cyprus has argued that halloumi is indicative of its culture, and now it finally passed the final curdle to get protected status.

Is MALIBU geographically descriptive, or does it just evoke “luxury and relaxation”?

TTAB considered whether BURNS NIGHT has a deceptive geographical association since it evokes Scottish poet Robert Burns but is produced in Atlanta.

Vaccine Availability

The Philippines is struggling to take advantage of IP flexibilities to get vaccines, and some are calling the disparities “shocking.”

Senators are urging President Biden to waive patent rights to speed the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.

Polls suggest that most Americans are in favor of waiving the rights.

You Got Schooled

Are publishers using ebooks to extort money from schools and libraries?

Retired Canadian IP attorney Richard Owens argues that Canadian universities “impoverish Canada” by “stealing” copyrighted material.

Professional Concerns

If you’re looking to launch your career, Rocket Lawyer is seeking a freelance attorney.

Think you fit Facebook‘s profile? Consider applying to be lead counsel for Reality Labs.

This firm is looking for attorneys to put in their applicant DLA Piperline.

In how many languages can you say, “Duolingo is looking for corporate counsel”?

If you have questions about this associate counsel position, Ask Media Group.

Considering selling your firm? Here are some tips for a successful transition.

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

Here’s a list of free IP resources. If you want more, check out our resource library and our trademark paralegal course.

Do in-house patent attorneys need to file for power of attorney?

A New Jersey man’s status as a prison inmate has prohibited him from suing to enforce his patent rights.

World IP Day is next Monday! Here’s a calendar of related events.

What should you do when a client comes to you asking you to file for a generic or descriptive trademark? Attorney Candice Cook has advice for you.

The 12 founding clubs that make up the controversial European Super League hold a total of almost 3000 trademarks.

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