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Alt Legal IP News – Issue #238

Bri Van Til | May 05, 2021
2 min read

You Don’t Own Me!

Chanel and Huawei went to court to see who owns interlocking Cs.

CNIPA has apparently published the passport details of thousands of foreign applicants, including small business owners and celebrities alike.

Walmart is opposing Kanye West’s application to trademark a logo that they allege looks like theirs. I guess they think their claim is stronger. Or maybe they think he’s a gold digger.

This is an interesting case about work-for-hire, copyright law, self-representation, and more.

Who owns the digital content students and teachers created this year?


Curious about IP civil litigation in China? Check out this IAM webinar next week.

The USPTO is hosting a couple of webinars about wine IP: one about plant patents and one about GIs and international policy with regard to trademarks. And don’t forget to join us for our wine trademark webinar next month!

INTA has announced that its 2021 conference will be held “mostly virtually.”

Likelihood of confusion? Merely descriptive? Failure to function? Join us at Alt Legal Connect in September, where our panel of trademark whizzes will guide you through understanding and responding to these difficult office actions. Use the code “newsletter” for a discount.

Block on the Chain Gang

NFTs are transforming IP as we know it. Come to our webinar on Thursday to hear attorney Moish Peltz explain how this new technology might affect you and your practice.

How can the blockchain help ensure data security, or can it?

IBM and IPwe are working on patent tokenization to help others buy, sell, and monetize their patents more easily.

With the potential to digitally tag assets and reduce counterfeits, do NFTs “mark the new era in online content”?

Professional Concerns

Yum! Brands has a delicious opening for legal counsel.

If you haven’t yet reached the peak of your legal career, consider applying to be a contracts attorney at Iron Mountain.

Jack Links—which is a food company, not a website URL replacer—has an opening for general counsel.

Striking out with your current job? Consider applying to be IP counsel for Major League Baseball.

It’s your time to Shine as IP counsel for this medical technology company.

(Re)tired of your current gig? Maybe you should apply to be associate general counsel for AARP.

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

Oscar winner Nomadland is getting around… on pirate sites.

Might the Supreme Court dismiss Arthrex because of issue exhaustion?

The Second Circuit has refined its test for what qualifies as fair use, and here’s an overview of the fair use factors.

Update: London’s High Court is allowing litigation about who owns the rights to the original BitCoin white paper.

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