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Your source for news, updates and guidance on all things trademarks and intellectual property.

Alt Legal IP News: Issue #258

Bri Van Til | September 28, 2021
2 min read

Best Practice

A USPTO trademark examiner sent us 12 tips (plus four bonus tips, so really it’s 16 tips) for successful trademark prosecution.

Is there a benefit to conducting a plagiarism check on your own writing?

Arbitration for IP matters is gaining in popularity, but not for some arbitrary reason.

Whatever you say about your patent to the FDA can and will be used against you in patent litigation.

If you missed Alt Legal Connect, purchase the recorded sessions here, including a session where the USPTO explained its current initiatives. Use the code “newsletter” for a discount.

Whether you’re looking to bust out of a large firm or just want suggestions for making your small firm successful (and ethics compliant), join us for this webinar in January.

Internationally Recognized

Here’s an overview of best practices for global trademarks.

In four major cases since 2020, Chinese courts have granted companies an anti-suit injunction to protect Chinese companies from being subject to litigation outside of China.

The UK says AI can’t be an inventor.

What countries require use to secure a trademark? What treaties can prove beneficial for you? Check out this recap of Lydia Gobena’s Alt Legal Connect session for answers to these questions and more!

Character Counts

Marvel has filed lawsuits against Stan Lee’s heirs and others to try to maintain some control of Spider-Man, Thor, Captain Marvel, and more.

Microbrewery 7 Locks has changed the name of its “Surrender Dorothy” beer after a lawsuit from Turner Entertainment, who claimed the labeling too closely invoked The Wizard of Oz.
“You get nothing!” said Netflix to the rest of the entertainment world: they bought rights to all Roald Dahl’s IP.

Professional Concerns

Cause some MSCHF as the general counsel of this conceptual art brand famous for products like the Jesus and Satan shoes.

Visa: it’s everywhere you want to be trademark counsel.

To apply to be legal counsel at Sapiens, I guess you need to talk to human resources.

Family Express—which is a convenience store chain, not a fertility clinic—is looking for associate counsel.

TheRealReal is looking for corporate and commercial counsel. Did Donald Rumsfeld name this company?

Jellysmack is looking for counsel. Also, let’s just take a moment to appreciate the mental imagery of a jellysmack.

Want to Kickstart(er) your legal career? Consider bing senior compliance counsel for this tech company.

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

How might Texas’s social media bill affect trademark practice?

This webinar tomorrow discusses what you can do if the USPTO puts your patent application on hold (besides sing along to the tunes).

Was CBS’s publication of a photojournalist’s 9/11 images fair use?
“Right to Repair” legislation has been gaining some traction.

Check out Alt Legal CEO Nehal Madhani’s article about when to use all-in-one vs. best-in-class software.

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