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I ♡ Trademarks NewsletterIssue #274

Bri Van Til | February 01, 2022
2 min read

Promoting Diversity

If you missed this amazing Alt Legal Connect session about how IP professionals can further social justice, join us for this live rebroadcast later this month.

Check out what Eversheds Sutherland is doing to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.

2021 saw the most diverse class of summer associates in US history. Progress.

Newsworthy Fun Technology

It’s unclear how purchasing this single NFT for millions of dollars will allow this group to produce a Dune animated series, but we’d love to watch it if it does get made!

How are NFTs changing the fashion industry? And how will Hermès’s suit against an NFT creator impact that?

Gibson has strumbled into the NFT market. Or maybe they pulled some strings to get there.

UK soccer star John Terry’s purchase of and tweets about NFTs have caused a hullabaloo.

Lil Yachty has filed suit against NFT company Opulous, which he alleges is using his likeness without his permission. He’s pretty upset aboat it.

Scam and Fraud Allegations

The USPTO has cancelled thousands of marks and imposed sanctions on several “low-cost trademark filing and design websites used to defraud trademark owners and the USPTO.”

A federal judge has ruled against a man accused of operating an “Internet-based counterfeiting scheme,” wherein he registered trademarks and domain names for university teams without their permission.

Apparently some hackers are sending copyright infringement notices as phishing scams.

Professional Concerns

You’ve got to give American Express some credit for letting their trademark docketing specialists work remotely.

There is a(n Arnall) Golden (Gregory) opportunity to work as an IP associate for this AmLaw 200 firm.

Disney+ is looking for associate principal counsel for the Unscripted Legal Affairs team. Have you heard what comes out of my mouth when I’m unscripted? It’s bad.

All work and no Playco makes Jack a dull commercial counsel.

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

In this copyright battle over work for hire, the implied license wins.

The inconsistencies between IP office tech adoption can make it difficult to do your job correctly, so members of our team have started IIPSG, a nonprofit organization tasked with standardizing IP Offices throughout the world.

The Australian government has bought the copyright for the Aboriginal flag to end disputes about its use.

It just got real: Subway is getting into some MSCHF itself.

China’s saying nuh uh to the metaverse. Also, apparently the Mandarin term for metaverse is yuan yuzhou. I kind of want to call it that from now on.

Bob Dylan is back in the news for selling his entire music catalog. Again. This time, he’s sold his recordings. Now if someone asks him who owns his recordings, he can respond, “It ain’t me, babe.”

Alt Legal just acquired Towergate Informatics’ §2(d) Citation Watch business. We’re excited to welcome their customers into the Alt Legal family!

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