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I ♡ Trademarks NewsletterIssue #315

Bri Van Til | November 15, 2022
2 min read

Precedent of the United States

A recent precedential TTAB case can shed light on how to avoid non-use cancellations.

In this precedential decision, USPTO Director Kathi Vidal sent a warning to companies: don’t abuse IPR or PTAB proceedings to extort money.

TTAB isn’t blowing smoke up… anything. In a precedential ruling, they dismissed an opposition to SMOKES.

The Trademark Modernization Act

Check out this summary of the latest TPAC meeting for the latest from the USPTO, including TMA nonuse proceedings, pendency rates, professional responsibility concerns, and more.

Nerd out with us and our guest blogger Tamara Rabenold: check out all these cool stats about expungement and reexamination proceedings thus far and learn how the proceedings are like Pringles.

To learn about what your expungement and reexamination evidence should contain, make sure to join us for this Alt Legal Connect sessionGet your ticket now, and use the code “newsletter” for a discount.

Looking for more resources about the Trademark Modernization Act? Check out this great collection.

Around the World

Romania is changing its trademark laws. Read all about the changes here.

A Chinese court has sentenced a man to 5 years in prison for manufacturing and selling counterfeit Armani watches.

Here are some tips for getting your Canadian trademark applications processed faster.

Is the World Cup just one big IP tournament?

Professional Concerns

Find your current job Patreonizing? Consider working as senior product counsel for this tech company.

I’m wondering what the job stipulations for Senior Open Source Counsel for Apple must look like. I mean, do you let others do your job for you if they want? Do you not get paid for it? Can you not use the job for commercial purposes? So many questions!

Flowcarbon is looking for associate counsel. I think I’d rather work for Slowcarbon. You know, ’cause of climate change.

This position as IP counsel is Corning, like my jokes.

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

Even if pretending to be featured on a magazine is en vogue, it can lead to trademark infringement claims.

Want to rewind to the era of Blockbuster? A new bar in LA has licensed the video store’s IP to make that possible.

The White House has released an AI Bill of Rights, but it seems aimed at protecting consumers and users. Sorry, Wall-E!

A comic artist is crying foul after the company that licensed his comic to create a board game filed trademark applications for the comic itself.

Be honest about who invented—or didn’t invent—something: otherwise it can invalidate a patent.

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