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I ♡ Trademarks NewsletterIssue #281

Bri Van Til | March 22, 2022
2 min read


Tom Brady hasn’t just unretired from football; he’s also applied for 26 different trademarks for everything from furniture to food service.

A likely class action lawsuit alleges that the online ordering options on Google listings constitute trademark infringement, among other claims.

It looks like there might be no recourse for Western brands, like McDonald’s and Starbucks, whose trademarks have been stolen in Russia.

And the survey says: nothing. It was a bad survey, says the judge in In-N-Out’s trade dress infringement case against Doll n’ Burger.

You’re the Inspiration

Since Prince famously didn’t drink, does that eliminate the likelihood of confusion for a Purple Rain wine?

This 16-year-old inspiration of an inventor has already accomplished more than some of us do in a whole lifetime.

What might Burger King’s logo have looked like in the 1200s? Check out these great Medieval-inspired illustrations of famous logos.


Lizzo has settled a copyright infringement suit filed by her former collaborators, who alleged they’d cowritten with her a song that she later repurposed into “Truth Hurts.”

During his copyright infringement trial earlier this month, Ed Sheeran sang part of a Nina Simone song to demonstrate how common the melody he allegedly lifted from another artist’s song is.

Dua Lipa is facing multiple copyright infringement suits over her song “Levitating.”

Legal protection for choreography has historically been easier for more traditional forms, but will dance routines in the digital age be copyrightable?

Professional Concerns

Don’t hesitate to Chime in if you’re interested in serving as trademark counsel for this financial tech company.

American Express—which I’m pretty sure is not the sequel to the adorable Christmas movie from a couple decades ago—is looking for IP counsel.

Tired of having your day be all work and no Google Play? Apply to be associate product counsel for this tech giant.

Whatsapp with your search for a new job? This social media company is looking for associate general 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

Here are some practical tips for effectively using Instagram to promote your firm.

Amazon is suing AppSally and Rebatest for allegedly brokering in fake online reviews on the retail platform.

The USPTO is hosting a webinar next week to tell you all about how to file for expungement and reexamination and more. As a reminder, you can find our great breakdown of the filings thus far here.

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