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Alt Legal IP News – Issue #242

Bri Van Til | June 02, 2021
2 min read

Social Justice

Yesterday and today mark the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Massacre. Here’s a list of great reads about this awful event.

John Marshall Law School is offering this fascinating virtual seminar about the ethics of IP, including a fantastic looking session about implicit bias in IP.

So what can you, an IP specialist, do to promote social justice? Make sure to sign up for Alt Legal Connect and join us for this amazing panel! Use the code “newsletter” for a discount.

What We Have Here Is a Failure to Function

As we’ve mentioned, Failure to Function refusals are on the rise.

We’ve gotten a lot of questions about what that means, so we’ve put together a three-part series explaining all the different Failure to Function bases and provided in-depth explanations of merely ornamental and merely informational refusals.

Make sure to join us for Alt Legal Connect for this exciting session about the most common types of office actions, including failure to function.

One More Drink

The merlot you know about wine trademarks, the better. Join us next week for our webinar!

A U.S. District judge has ruled that there’s no confusion between Peaky Blinders beer and the Peaky Blinders television show.

The UKIPO has ruled, however, that Scottish liquor McBaileys could be confused with Bailey’s.

Professional Concerns

If you get this position as division counsel for the Genetic Sciences Division at Thermo Fisher Scientific, do you think you’d advise people about how to split genes? ‘Cause if so, I’d recommend more brownies; that’s how I do it! Oh wait, those are jeans. Nevermind.

Make sure to send your Applied Materials in time to get a job as litigation counsel at this materials engineering company.

I’m sure you would really Knock ’em dead if you applied to be commercial counsel at this real estate technology company.

I wonder whether the State of Texas can tell you more about their listing for a classification attorney or whether it’s classified.

If you can Articulate why you want to be commercial transactions counsel for this educational software company, maybe you’ll get the job.

Wondering whom to use as a reference when you apply to be senior counsel at this housing organization? Maybe your NeighborWorks for that.

Ironically, I don’t think working as principal IP counsel at Walt Disney is at all a Mickey Mouse job.

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

This patent attorney argues that the Endless Frontiers Act “beggars the imagination why anyone would think this is a good idea.”

The Library of Congress has released a report explaining the Music Modernization Act of 2018.

The Supreme Court has relisted Unicolors, Inc. v. H&M Hennes & Mauritz, which centers on whether application inaccuracies invalidate copyrights.

Elite law schools have accepted too many applicants, so, like, do you think you could just sit this year out?

Still thinking of implementing a subscription-based practice? Kim Bennett is offering a two-hour workshop to get you started.

This World Trademark Review report looks at the rise in Google ad spending of low-cost trademark agencies, including some alleged to scam filers.

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