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I ♡ Trademarks NewsletterIssue #261

Bri Van Til | October 19, 2021
2 min read

Policy and Practice

Read a summary of Friday’s TPAC meeting to hear the latest USPTO updates.

How is searching for trademarks like a kids’ ball pit? Watch Erik Pelton’s video to find out.

If you missed our webinar last week about notable similarities and differences between US and UK trademark law, check out the recording here.

The US Copyright Office is seeking public comments about ancillary copyright protections for publishers.

Cautionary Tales

Adult media company and infamous copyright troll Malibu Media was ordered to pay a defendant’s legal fees, and now its CEO may face arrest for failure to pay.

If you know you have a losing case, don’t pursue it, or you might be stuck paying attorney’s fees.

Even if you’re appealing an injunction, you should probably still comply with it.

Fine China

Pointing to its recent efforts to improve IP protections, China has asked the US to get rid of tariffs on its products.

Shanghai Municipal People’s Congress has proposed fining applicants thousands of dollars for irregular patent and malicious trademark applications.

The USPTO is hosting a webinar tomorrow about wine, China, and IP. To learn about US trademark protection for wine brands, check out this recorded webinar.

Professional Concerns

Hop(kins Carley) to applying for this trademark paralegal position!

I’d advise you to consider this position: the USPTO is looking for a trademark attorney advisor.

Attorneys often wear many hats. Consider wearing a Red Hat as an IP attorney for this software company.

What all would you need this team to Clarifai before you took a job there as general counsel?

I wonder whether you’re required to host a party to tell all your friends about it if you get a job as IP counsel for Mary Kay.

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

Hiring great employees is hard, and keeping them is often harder. Read this great guest blog post for suggestions for retaining your team. Not mentioned: sending your employees brownies. I’m just saying.

Attend this webinar on Thursday to learn what policies the US can implement to increase tech equity.

After a decade-long fight, the Dutch Supreme Court has found that adidas can’t have exclusive rights to stripes.



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