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I ♡ Trademarks NewsletterIssue #337

Bri Van Til | May 16, 2023
2 min read

AI Don’t Know

AI is leading to all sorts of questions about IP protectionIs copyright the answer?

The US Copyright Office had a session to discuss copyrights and AI-generated images.

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman is scheduled to testify before Congress today.

Pretty Uncomfortable

Two companies founded by Indigenous North American producers are fighting over the common stem INDIGI in their company names.

Allen Media Group, the owner of stations including The Weather Channel, is suing McDonald’s for failing to live up to its commitment to increase its ad spend on media companies owned by women and people of color.

Iron Maiden—the band, not the torture device—is opposing a trademark application for MAIDEN WEAR for women’s undergarments.  See the opposition here.

Governor DeSantis’s crusade against Disney may have entered new territory: trademark infringement.

That’s Still a Thing?

Atari—which somehow still exists—is acquiring trademark rights to a lot of its former titles that were initially published by another label.

Blackberry—yep, it’s also somehow still a thing—just sold its non-core patents and patent applications for $170 million.

Sixty years after its first season, Dr. Who is still (or at least again) going strong, and trademark applications suggest it’s going to be an NFT.

Professional Concerns

This position as VP of business and legal affairs probably has NBCUniversal appeal.

You Kuhn check out this opening for an associate.

Trying to Forumulate a plan for your career? Consider serving as an IP litigator here.

Whether you’re currently working somewhere you don’t care for or you’re SANS employment, this IP specialist position might be for you.

I bet this position as deputy counsel for Aerospace pays some real star bucks.

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

It came out at the most recent TPAC meeting that the USPTO is proposing raising trademark fees.

Husch Blackwell is sharing the secret to their amazing revenue numbers: remote work.

The U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board has ruled that the USPTO’s dismissal of a PTAB judge was retaliation and ruled that the judge must be reinstated.

Another law-related Top-Level Domain is available: you can now have a .esq email.

Marvel has requested DMCA subpoenas against Google and Reddit to try to uncover who posted snippets of Ant-Man and the Wasp, spoiling both the plot and, they argue, their revenue numbers.


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