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I ♡ Trademarks NewsletterIssue #321

Bri Van Til | January 17, 2023
2 min read

AI, Captain!

A comic created using AI likely will not qualify for copyright protection, despite the human’s role as a “prompt engineer.”

What IP strategies should one use when creating AI for the health care field?

AI is about to make its first appearance as legal counsel: it will feed arguments into the earbuds of a traffic court defendant.

Suffolk University Law School’s dean says he wants law students to learn about ChatGPT as a tool for writing and legal research.

Good News

I’m happy to announce that lawyers aren’t working as many hours as they used to. I feel like that doesn’t apply to all of you. Sorry if it doesn’t, friends!

Would a  Trademarks for Humanity program to recognize companies with philanthropic models help encourage brands to do good things?

A draft amendment to China’s trademark laws seeks to limit malicious trademarks and trademark squatting.

Journey with Me

Perhaps not surprisingly, Trek is common for both trademark applications and subsequent oppositions.

After journeying through cardiac arrest on the field a couple weeks ago, Damar Hamlin has recovered enough to file trademark applications, including for DID WE WIN, the first words he uttered after regaining consciousness. Purchases of the merchandise will benefit the first responders and trauma center that helped him.

I don’t know if you can say it was an effective parry, but the members of Journey have effectively blocked Steve Perry’s trademark infringement claims: he dropped the suit. The band may’ve gone their separate ways, but don’t stop believin’ things will work out!

Professional Concerns

There is Technipally an opening for IP counsel at this engineering company.

When you want to tie your Shumaker Loop and then tie the string around and through. Also, this firm wants an IP associate.

The Girl Scouts are looking for chief counsel. Think you can negotiate for an allotment of cookies to supplement your salary? Including for the person whose newsletter told you about the opening? If so, I’ll give you my address.

I bet you’re excited to learn Abbott this opening as senior IP 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

Marjorie Taylor Greene said to Dr. Dre: “Let me ride… on your song’s popularity,” so she posted on social media a video including one of this songs. She clearly wasn’t expecting the xxplosive response she got. His legal team’s response probably still has her head ringin’.

Thom Browne’s lawyer argued that adidas “does not own stripes,” and the jury agreed.

If you missed our wonderful webinar last week where Elyssa LeFevre Chayo provided tips for getting your marketing started right this year, check out the recording now.

In November of last year, we expressed surprise that Nike had not yet opposed the JUST DAO IT trademark application, so I suppose hearing that they now have is the least shocking update on the issue.

When all else fails, sue the USPTO for refusing to register your marks.


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