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Alt Legal IP News – Issue #249

Bri Van Til | July 20, 2021
2 min read

President Biden

Rumors are circulating that President Biden will nominate Cox Enterprises attorney Marcus Delgado to head the USPTO.

President Biden recently issued the Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy. Here’s what it means for the pharmaceutical industry and the manufacturing industry.

This author argues that President Biden and Congress need to take proactive measures now to ensure patent quality.

Taking Action to Combat Racism

This author is celebrating the appointment of seasoned IP litigator Tiffany Cunningham to the Federal Circuit and rallying for more diversity on the bench and in IP.

One way to increase diversity at your firm is to develop a mentorship program. Join us for this Alt Legal Connect workshop to learn how to set one up and get started! Use the code “newsletter” for a discount.

Simon Tam, the applicant for THE SLANTS, says his fight to trademark the band’s name was about defeating a law primarily “used against communities of color and members of the LGBTQ community.”

Sometimes trademark examiners just need to understand the cultural significance of a particular term to be able to fully evaluate its trademarkability. Check out this recorded session from last year’s Alt Legal Connect for more information and examples.

Mine All Mine!

An author’s copyright infringement claim against Damon Dash has been reaffirmed by the Court of Appeals, and the music mogul has been ordered to pay the author $300,000 for allegedly selling a film adaptation of her book series without her consent.

This editorial argues that copyright law is being misapplied to prevent items from being repaired.

A creative commons license doesn’t necessarily mean the material is fair game to use in all situations.

Apparently Korean webtoon service Toomics is so diligent about takedown notices that it has frequently reported itself.

Motorcycle gang Hells Angels is suing Redbubble for trademark infringement of the gang’s logo.

Professional Concerns

Keep Calm and apply to be content marketing counsel at this tech company.

Wait, wait, don’t tell me: NPR is looking for counsel. All things considered, working there could be a breath of fresh air.

Maybe you should apply to be senior counsel at this sales and marketing company if you catch my Drift.

Don your horned helmet: the Minnesota Vikings are looking for associate counsel.

Take the Magic Leap from your current job into this corporate counsel position.

Don’t take this job as IP counsel at General Mills for grainted. I’m sorry for that joke. Cereally.

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

If you can’t make sense of this TESS search: (w{“eiy”1:2} AND l{“ou”1:2}{“v”}{“e”0:1} AND tra{v0:1}{“d”}{v0:1}m{v1:2}r{“ckxqz”}$)[BI] you need to join us for our next webinar. If it makes perfect sense, join us anyway; it’ll be a blast!

Should copyright law prevent the public from seeing course syllabi?

Apple is threatening to make its own Brexit if the patent infringement fees a UK court orders it to pay are too steep.

What do patent applications tell us about the tech of the (hopefully quite near) future?

A new patent from Ford might make AAA a little busier. I can imagine the calls now: “Where would you like your car towed?” “Um, probably just 20 minutes in any direction, please.”

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