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I ♡ Trademarks NewsletterIssue #311

Bri Van Til | October 18, 2022
2 min read

IP Offices

New, shorter response deadlines may be coming soon to an office action near you!

India’s Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal has vowed to simplify the country’s patent process.

Japan will relax its standards for reviving expired IP starting next year.

Viva la Résistance!

Can diversifying a firm be as simple as striving for authenticity and seeing the value of diverse backgrounds? Well, those things probably won’t hurt.

If they only want to buy your NFTs and not your physical art, I guess burning the physical art is a form of resistance.

Trying to resist going back into the office? The location of remote employees may support a specific venue for lawsuits. I’m willing to volunteer to live in Kauai in case we ever want to use that venue. See how selfless I am?

A union that’s being sued for trademark infringement claims the suit is retaliation for their unionization.


A man who sued his city after he spent four days in jail for creating a parody Facebook account is asking the Supreme Court to hear his appeal.

Can a US court award trademark owner damages for infringing sales made outside the US to non-US customers? The Supreme Court may weigh in.

Oral arguments have begun in Warhol v. Goldsmith. Check out what’s been said so far, including Goldsmith’s brief, which states: “Fame is not a ticket to trample other artists’ copyrights.”

Professional Concerns

Boston Scientific is looking for urology and pelvic health IP counsel. You know, in case you wanted to go into private practice.

Is your current job driving you crazy? Consider applying to be senior IP counsel for the US Automobile Association.

The General Services Administration‘s Office of General Counsel is looking for (yes, seriously) a general attorney. In general, I’d say it’s worth considering.

If you StriVE to work somewhere else, apply to be IP counsel for this health care company.

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

What ethics issues should in-house counsel consider when handling IP matters?

Warning: filing an IPR just to extract payment in a settlement may earn you a sanction by the USPTO.

Does having too many character crossovers create IP problems?

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