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I ♡ Trademarks NewsletterIssue #276

Bri Van Til | February 15, 2022
2 min read

A Matter of Policy

This attorney advises caution when attempting to register trademarks for foreign words.

YouTube is changing its “fair use” policy in response to a YouTuber who received 150 copyright claims in a single day.

Some states have recently enacted laws to allow firms to be owned or partially owned by non-lawyers. What should you keep in mind if you’re considering that option?

The EFF has sent the Copyright Office a letter arguing that robots shouldn’t be filtering content.

Social Justice

Don’t miss out on hearing about the intersection between Black history, IP, and social justice in this great Alt Legal Connect session rebroadcast next week!

In honor of Black History Month, check out a few great inventions—from potato chips to gas masks—made possible by Black inventors.

This feel-good nonprofit group helps Black women business owners register their trademarks.

The ABA’s requirement that law schools teach “courses on racism and bias in the law” has stirred controversy.

The PTAB Boardside chat tomorrow will center on how to join their Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.

Patent Proceedings

On average, how many office actions does it take before a patent is issued?

The USPTO has revamped its patent search tool.

Curious about patent litigation ? Check out this recorded webinar from Knobbe Martens.

As I’m sure you know, the Arthrex decision could dramatically shift the processes for IPRs and post-grant review proceedings, but these authors dove into all the director review cases for the first several months to see exactly what happened.

Can post grant proceedings be used to induce defendants to settle?

Professional Concerns

If you think a new position as general counsel might make you HappyCo, you should applyco.

Stumbling across Roblox at your current position? Consider working as licensing counsel for this video game company.

I wouldn’t Tyz you at all if you were a legal assistant at this law firm.

Let’s pretend you didn’t like your current job. Would you be interested in working as associate counsel for Melissa and Doug?

Would you likey to work at Nike? They need associate trademark and copyright counsel. If not, tell them to take a hikey.

The Pokémon Company is hoping to catch a new IP attorney but probably not all of ’em.

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

This recorded webinar talks about the last year’s top IP cases that in-house counsel should know.

If scientists bring back extinct species, can they patent them?

The USPTO’s recent slew of sanctions didn’t get all the “suspicious low-cost trademark filing platforms,” says WTR.

Don’t forget to join us for our webinar on Thursday to learn best practices for using Alt Legal’s §2(d) Trademark Watch service. Your likelihood of confusion will be greatly diminished afterwards.

Check out this video of The Simpsons explaining the UK’s Fair Dealing exceptions to copyright law.

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