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I ♡ Trademarks NewsletterIssue #316

Bri Van Til | November 29, 2022
2 min read


In case you noticed that extra, old newsletter email I sent last week, don’t worry: AI isn’t taking over the newsletter (yet). It doesn’t have its pun game down well enough to replace me yet. Sorry for the mixup, friends!

Apparently a lawyer is responsible for the gelatinous goo called cranberry sauce.

The chaos stemming from Twitter’s Blue Check system may lead to lawsuits, including for trademark infringement.

Sorry, but most of the crypto assets are missing, says FTX’s attorney.

Complimentary Words

The Supreme Court isn’t going to ignore the issue of whether the Bad Spaniels chew toy is trademark infringement or a parody worthy of free speech protection. I guess it was a squeaky wheel.

Might the Supreme Court decide whether denying the TRUMP TOO SMALL trademark violated the applicant’s free speech?

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Web 3

The USPTO is looking for panelists to participate in a joint study on IP rights and NFTs.

Filings for Web 3-related marks have either soared or waned.

Filers in the US and South Korea are responsible for three quarters of the world’s metaverse patents.

Professional Concerns

Have you been skating around quitting your current job? Set a new goal of working as associate IP counsel for NHL.

Baker McKenzie—a law firm, not a place to get cake—is looking for a trademark associate.

Are you with T-Mobile? If not, maybe you should be. they’re looking for principal counsel.

WarnerMedia—how do media understand warnings anyway?—is looking for a head of IP.

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 is the state of diversity in the legal industry?

Looking for a way to explain to your patent colleagues that trademarks are a great marker of innovation? Check out this research article.

Top law schools are leaving US News’ rankings system in an attempt to bring more equity to legal programs.

Despite having said that “copyright is for losers” and said that he does not intend to use his trademarks, Banksy gets to keep his trademarks. Also, don’t mess with Banksy: he’s encouraging his fans to shoplift from Guess after they allegedly used his art without permission.

What are the best movies in the public domain?

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