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I ♡ Trademarks NewsletterIssue #333

Bri Van Til | April 18, 2023
2 min read

A Green Party!

Trademarks for Humanity is the USPTO’s initiative to recognize people and businesses working to help the environment. Know someone who’d make a great recipient of the prize? Nominate them here!

Sweetgreen has renamed its menu item to the “Chicken + Chipotle Pepper Bowl” after Chipotle objected to its previous name.

The USPTO has a pilot program to accelerate patent applications related to negating climate change.

When are companies’ attempts at going green simply greenwashing? Note: the article references Canadian trademark law around this subject. For clarification on this in the US, check out the FTC’s Green Guide.

Oh, Canada!

Learn what the Canadian Charter of the French Language might mean for your clients doing business in Canada.

Here’s a detailed FAQ about trademark oppositions in Canada.

Don’t miss this webinar in June, where you’ll learn the latest in Canadian trademark law and its impact on you and your clients.

License and Registration

Franchising and licensing both permit IP use otherwise prohibited by law, so does it matter which type of arrangement you use?  Join us for this webinar next month to learn about the distinctions and why it matters.

Here’s a prime example of the muddiness between franchising and licensing.

How has AI been used in IP licensing, and why does it matter?

Professional Concerns

Come fill the Gap this clothing company has in its licensing department.

I’d like to PRONOUNce that there is an opening for product counsel at Hims & Hers.

If you can’t brag to your friends in person that you’ve gotten a job as associate IP counsel for this medical technology company, send a Teleflex.

Icy this great opening at Fros(t)s Zelnick. Go (soft) serve as an international trademark and copyright associate.

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

If you missed our webinar last week about how to protect clients’ identities, particularly in §2(c)-related office actions, check out the recording here.

A Federal Circuit non-infringement finding hinged on the patent’s description of “a microprocessor,” meaning an invention using multiple processors was found not to infringe. Articles matter, people!

A Saudi chicken factory is in trouble after counterfeiting trademark stickers, thawing frozen chicken to sell as fresh, changing expiration dates, and more.

In honor of World IP Day next week, UIC is hosting a webinar about women in IP.

Software company Rust faced backlash and confusion after issuing a statement outlining trademark policy changes.

After the Charles Bertini v. Apple Inc. case we discussed last week, brands may need a new tacktic for expanding their goods and services.

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