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I ♡ Trademarks NewsletterIssue #279

Bri Van Til | March 08, 2022
2 min read

The Russian Invasion

We want to start by sending words of love, support, and encouragement to our friends and loved ones in Ukraine. We stand by you in this difficult time.

Might Russia legalize software piracy to mitigate sanctions?

Ukraine’s MP Sviatoslav Yurash wants brands to know that speaking up against the invasion is helpful.

Stolichnaya vodka—whose founder was exiled from Russia over two decades ago for opposing Putin—is rebranding as Stoli.

How might the conflict in Ukraine affect US businesses, and how should they prepare?

The USPTO is cutting ties with Rospatent, Russia’s patent and trademark office.

Copy, right?

Don’t miss this webinar on Thursday, where Tyra Hughley Smith will teach you the top things trademark professionals should know about copyright protection.

Some argue that Kenya’s proposed copyright changes might make it easier for pirates to operate.

This article asks the deep philosophical question: “If a Photograph is Infringed But No One Sees it, is it Still Infringement?”

A group of songwriters is suing Sam Smith and Normani for copyright infringement of their song “Dancing With a Stranger,” which the songwriters allege is “strikingly similar” to their own song with the same title.

It’s So Meta

Why should cannabis brands care about the metaverse?

If you’re feeling tired in the metaverse, Monster has you covered! If you’re tired of the metaverse, though, I don’t know what to tell you.

L’Oreal’s recent trademark applications suggest that they think selling in the the metaverse is worth it.

Even CVS is getting into the metaverse, where the pharmacy might offer medical services.

Chicken wings in the metaverse: the perfect byte-sized snack.

Professional Concerns

I see in your future a job as senior copyright and marketing counsel at Oracle.

Time is running out on this position as marketing counsel at TikTok.

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles is looking for junior IP and privacy counsel. Are you better privacy counsel if you don’t share your personal life with people?

Feel like you’re running out of patience at your current job? Brooks is looking for a legal operations specialist.

This marketing and business development position at an IP boutique is one of the coolest I’ve ever come aFross (Zelnick).

If you know someone looking for a great position as an IP associate, she should apply at Wilson. Elser other options might not be so amazing.

Johnson & Johnson—don’t either of their sons have their own names?—are looking for senior patent 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

This PTAB case about CRISPR technology highlights the significance of reduction to practice in patent applications: the patents were awarded to the Broad Institute.

The Real USFL is suing Fox Sports for trademark infringement for allegedly trying to revitalize the United States Football League—a short-lived league whose last season was over 30 years ago.

It looks like the New York Stock Exchange is entering the world of NFTs.

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