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I ♡ Trademarks NewsletterIssue #275

Bri Van Til | February 08, 2022
2 min read

Likelihood of Confusion

Sign up for our webinar next week to learn how to make the best use of Alt Legal’s §2(d) Trademark Watch service, including analyzing the reports, filing letters of protest, and more.

Should the concept of “prior art” extend to copyrights as well as patents, or is that just confusing the types of IP?

Check out this amazing series about different strategies for overcoming likelihood of confusion office actions.

We’d love to profile your own experiences overcoming challenging office actions, §2(d) or otherwise. Please fill out this form to participate in this series.

The USPTO has published a list of expungement and reexamination petitions it’s received.

The Apple Core of the Problem

Broadcomm and Apple are likely celebrating this win: the Federal Circuit has vacated a jury verdict ordering them to pay over a billion dollars to Caltech.

Might you one day need to scan your face to use your Airpods?

Apple is opposing a trademark application for APPLE-MANan indie film about a superhero whose power is related to the fruit.

Bragg Live Food Products is sour about the alleged similarity between their packaging and that of another competing apple cider vinegar company.

A Sporting Chance

His untimely death might not stop Kobe Bryant from entering the metaverse; his company has filed for trademarks for metaverse- and NFT-related goods.

In case you missed it, the Washington Football Team finally has a new name, and they’re ordering you to pay attention to it.

LeBron James’s teenage son, LeBron James Jr., has filed trademark applications.

I think there’s some big football game on Sunday. Here’s a reminder about using terms related to its name.

Professional Concerns

No Mattel how much you like your current job, it doesn’t hurt to think about serving as senior counsel for this toy company.

You’d be barking mad to Roverlook this job as associate counsel.

Do you Endeavor to be associate licensing counsel for this entertainment company?

If you have questions about applying for this job as IP counsel for the University of California, just give them a Cal.

I’ve heard this job as counsel at Atomic is the bomb.

Houston First is looking for counsel. I don’t know which position What’s on Second is looking to fill.

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

Feeling charitable? You can apply here to join the USPTO’s TTAB Pro Bono Clearinghouse.

I’m sure you’ve heard that Justice Breyer is retiring; read all about his copyright legacy here.

Just because an applicant is preparing to offer a service doesn’t mean that they’ve rendered said service, says the TTAB.

The Federal Circuit has affirmed TTAB’s ruling that adding “ubiquitous lettering” to “an otherwise generic” mark does not make for a registrable trademark. That .SUCKS for Vox, I guess.

Senator Thom Tillis is considering consolidating the USPTO and the Copyright Office into one agency.

Here’s a summary of the most recent TPAC quarterly meeting.

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