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I ♡ Trademarks NewsletterIssue #271

Bri Van Til | January 11, 2022
2 min read

Firming up Your Plans

Let 2022 be the year your firm resolution sticks: join us for this webinar on Thursday to learn your legal and ethical obligations when starting your own practice.

Merlyne Jean-Louis has put together a full course explaining how to start and manage your own Virtually Perfect Practice. Use the code ALT200 to get $200 off the course! For a taste of things you’ll learn, check out this webinar she did for us in 2020.

Here are some great suggestions for marketing your firm this year.

Defining a firm’s culture—from its approach to diversity to its work-from-home policy—is crucial for success, especially in this competitive market.

Change It up

Is it time to change copyright law to make works accessible sooner?

The Washington Football team plans to announce its new name next month, but existing trademarks mean the name won’t be fan favorite REDWOLVES.

Starting next month, the USPTO is launching the Deferred Subject Matter Eligibility Response (DSMER) pilot program to let select patent applicants postpone responding to subject matter eligibility rejections.

You can find the USPTO’s new sanction process here. If you have comments about the process, submit them by the 20th.

This author argues that the upcoming Federal Circuit case SAS Institute, Inc. v. World Programming, Ltd. could “weaken the US copyright system.”

Never Mind

Nikola was suing Tesla for $2 billion for patent infringement, but they said “never mind” for now.

Lady Gaga’s YouTube account was briefly suspended for alleged copyright infringement of a Japanese television show.

Quentin Tarantino is paying no nevermind to Miramax’s lawsuit; he’s proceeding with his sale of Pulp Fiction NFTs.

The man who was suing Nirvana over the band’s Nevermind album cover has had his case dismissed.

Professional Concerns

Sisun Law is looking for an of-counsel attorney to assist with their growing TTAB practice. If you’re interested, reach out to Scott directly at

Do you think there’s a team at J Crew that walks to work every day? If so, are the they J Walking Crew? If you want to serve as senior IP counsel there and be a J Walker yourself, apply now!

Stop what you’re doing and apply to join our team or send your friends our way. Alt Legal is looking for sales, marketing, and customer success help.

Do you need me to help you Cook up an excuse to leave your current job to serve as patent counsel for this medical device company?

Would you Takeda job as senior counsel here if you were offered it?

There’s a cool opening for associate trademark counsel at Fross Zelnick.

I’d imagine this job as commercial counsel would Pay(Pal) well. Check it out!

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

Mirror, Mirror, on the wall: who is accusing whom of patent infringement over exercise mirrors?

Another company is suing the USPTO. This time Snap, Inc. (the creator of Snapchat) is suing because they were denied SPECTACLES.

Disney patents suggest the company wants to create the happiest place in the metaverse.

This trademark application suggests Snoop Doggs may be coming soon to a bun near you.

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