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Alt Legal IP News – Issue #247

Bri Van Til | July 06, 2021
3 min read

Tech in Control

Might the Supreme Court’s ruling in TransUnion v. Ramirez affect copyright statutory damages?

No matter your firm or business size, your tech stack can absolutely impact your practice. Join Alt Legal and Clio for our webinar this week to learn about tools that can simplify your practice.

PSA: Computer systems doing conventional and generic things things aren’t patentable.

This article says that obtaining stakeholder buy-in is crucial if you want to implement new tech. Not sure how to convince them? This article might help.

How is tech influencing the future of law? Check out this interview with our CEO, Nehal Madhani, to hear all about it. And read all about DEI measures at legal tech companies, including Alt Legal.

An audio company failed to invalidate an EU trademark for “Zoom.”


In a patent application, how important is it to distinguish between working examples and prophetic ones? Here’s some guidance from the USPTO about how to present both.

Know someone who’d be great for TPAC or PPAC? The nomination deadline is this week!

Ford has filed a trademark application for “Rattler.” When the vehicle I’m driving is a rattler, I usually take it to the mechanic to fix that.

NCAA has released an interim policy for college athletes to benefit from their names and likenesses.

The USPTO has issued guidance about how it will apply the director review process post-Arthrex. And here’s a Q&A.

This author argues that while recording a court proceeding where it’s prohibited is of course illegal, using copyright infringement claims to remove recordings is an improper and abusive application of copyright law.

Crying Foul

Courtney Love is crying foul because she says a photo of pop star Olivia Rodrigo dressed as a distraught prom queen is too similar to the cover of Hole’s album Live through This.

When are Reverse Domain Name Hijacking claims legitimate, and when are they abusive?

A video of an officer playing a Taylor Swift song to avoid having his actions posted on social media has upset Black Lives Matter protesters and first-amendment supporters alike, and the incident has been referred to Internal Affairs for investigation.

Professional Concerns

Has your current job lost its Spark? Apply to be assistant general counsel at this energy company.

If Infoblox your interest in your current job, consider applying to be commercial counsel at this tech company.

Don’t let Fidelity to your current job keep you from exploring new options; apply to have this ridiculously long title instead.

If you’re corporate counsel for this practice management company, can you end all litigation by saying, “I have stated MyCase“?

This tech company hasn’t specified whether they have a preference for Amazonian candidates for this trademark paralegal position.

Hanes says there’s an opening for a senior paralegal under here. Under where? Yes, that’s what they manufacture.

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

Reminder: Our Lanham Act anniversary discount for Alt Legal Connect tickets ends this week. Get your tickets here now (use the code “Lanham” to save $46).

The Intellectual Property Institute of Canada is hosting a webinar about responding to objections that a trademark is “not inherently distinctive.” To learn more about Canadian trademarks, make sure to join us for this webinar in September.

The Supreme Court did not estop Patent Assignor Estoppel, but they did narrow it.

In the event of a ransomware attack, you may be the first person your clients call.

IPWatchdog is hosting a webinar about how three women in IP got to where they are now and how they help others succeed as IP attorneys.

We thought weed show you this cannabis IP-themed crossword puzzle. If your level of knowledge of cannabis IP isn’t high enough, check out this recorded webinar and this recorded session from Alt Legal Connect 2020.

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