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I ♡ Trademarks NewsletterIssue #262

Bri Van Til | October 26, 2021
2 min read

Unlimited Patential

How do the stars align for the US patent system? This webinar seeks to predict its future.

The more the merrier apparently doesn’t apply to patent applications.

A new book has been published detailing Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, the 2013 Supreme Court case that determined companies couldn’t patent human genes.


The iPod is 20. Does that make you feel old? Sorry.

Here’s an overview of a panel discussion about the highs and lows of the cannabis industry. To learn about protecting cannabis brands, check out this Connect 2020 session recording and this webinar recording.

The number of new US trademark filings is trending down for the first time in over a decade.

Battle with the Bands

The manufacturer of Mariah Carey’s Black Irish liqueur has agreed to stop producing it after a row with a rival drink maker.

Cher is in a battle with Sonny Bono’s widow over rights to the former couple’s songs. If she wins the battle, do you think she’ll belt out, “I got you, Babe!”?

A U.S. District Judge hasn’t really ruled whether or not Nirvana’s t-shirt design infringed an artist’s copyright, but he did say that the case would be better heard in the UK. I wonder if the plaintiff will just say “Nevermind.”

Professional Concerns

I guess Prosci is tired of being pro se; they’re looking for counsel.

Jewish Association Serving the Aging is looking for general counsel. If they were looking for general advice instead, they could just talk to those they serve: this too shall pass; an apple a day keeps the doctor away; get off my lawn. The aging know the best things!

This would be a Nike place to be assistant counsel.

I have a BigIDea for you: serve as senior counsel for this data management company.

Want to put your career on autopilot? Apply to be senior counsel for Tesla.

Looking for a sense of direction in your career? Follow the Compass to be tech counsel for this real estate tech company.

This job is so cool you’ll want to put on your Coates before you apply to be a paralegal.

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

The next Alt Legal Connect will be in February of 2023. The conference will be virtual, and if the pandemic cooperates, we’ll offer in-person components. Sign up now for super early bird tickets, and use the code “newsletter” for a discount. See you there!

Tip: when sending DMCA takedown notices, there seems to be little benefit to vaguely referencing the Supreme Court, the FBI, or prison. To learn how to write effective demand letters, check out this recording from this year’s Alt Legal Connect.

The Anti-counterfeit Network Africa is planning to petition the International Criminal Court to have counterfeit goods listed as a crime against humanity.

Former President Trump has filed some trademark applications: he wants to FOLLOW THE TRUTH.

Here’s a long Twitter thread about how to file secretlyAnd here’s a lengthy explanation of one method.

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