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Alt Legal IP News – Issue #243

Bri Van Til | June 09, 2021
2 min read

Practice Made Perfect

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Check out this recorded webinar about the subtle changes you can make to your practice to increase your cash flow.

Here are some great tips for pitching a guest publication in the IP press. If you have guest publications in mind for our blog, fill out this form!

Texas is holding a special two-day free CLE event next week in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Lanham Act.

The USPTO is expanding its Law School Clinic Certification Program so that more law students can practice prosecuting trademarks and patents.

Teching Over

How is technology changing IP law? Read this article to find out! How can technology change your practice? Join us for our CLE webinar in July to hear Clio Lawyer in Residence Joshua Lenon’s suggestions.

Here’s an interesting idea to raise funds for higher education: Berkeley is auctioning off NFTs for two of its Nobel Prize-winning patents. For more about NFTs, check out this recent webinar.

As you may know, patent terms used to be calculated relative to the date of issuance, so one tech patent filer allegedly intentionally delayed the process for decades to extend his protection.

The EUIPO is going to start using the blockchain to secure IP rights information.

Copyright Corner

Are collective management organizations (CMOs) the answer to copyright licensing?

Cox Communications and law professors argue that ISPs should not terminate internet access for users accused of piracy.

Recent cases have offered conflicting opinions about fair use. Can we expect clarity anytime soon?

Professional Concerns

Penny for your thoughts about this position as commercial counsel at Coinbase.

The Washington Nationals—which is a team, not a competition—is looking for associate counsel.

You spin me right round, baby, right round, like media technology counsel for Peloton. Is it stuck in your head now? Sorry ’bout that.

Zoom on over to this site to apply to be music licensing counsel.

Has your current job gone flat? Consider working as IP counsel for Philips instead.

Do you think Lowe’s calls its employee of the month The Lowest of the Lowe’s? Also, they need litigation counsel.

Fender’s looking for IP counsel; that’s music to my ears!

Raaaaaahhgh huuguughghg aarrragghuuhw huuguughghg raaaaaahhgh uughguughhhghghghhhgh aarrragghuuhw raaaaaahhgh. That’s Wookie for “Chewy is looking for a head of legal operations.”

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

What impact have mass filers had on the trademark world?

Filing a patent in China? Starting last week, you get five more years’ protection.

Tesla appears to be getting into the restaurant business. Do you think the restaurant will be a drive-through?

Should Vans be able to own exclusive rights to the checkerboard pattern? Nike says nope.

This webinar about vaccines, IP, and equity looks fascinating.

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