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I ♡ Trademarks NewsletterIssue #340

Bri Van Til | June 06, 2023
2 min read

Chat’s All, Folks

A word to the wise: Chat GPT’s legal citations may look right, but a US District judge is considering sanctions after a lawyer’s brief contained six cases that “appear to be bogus judicial decisions with bogus quotes and bogus internal citations.”

U.S. District Judge Brantley Starr has ordered that attorneys appearing before him certify that they aren’t using chatbots to create their filings, at least without oversight.

ChatGPT may be poised to offer investment advice. Let’s hope it’s better than their legal advice!

Apple has filed an EU trademark application for SIGNCHAT, a service to allow the hearing impaired to chat with sales and service reps using sign language.

More than Words

The EUIPO has issued guidance for 3-D trademarks.

When filing a trademark in China, should you include colors in a trademark?

Here’s a simple (client-friendly) explanation of sonic trademarks in the UK. Here’s an explanation of US sound marks.

For an overview of nontraditional trademarks—including an extensive list of examples—check out this recorded session from Alt Legal Connect 2020.

Take a Sip

Monster Energy has filed an opposition to a personal trainer’s trademark application for MONSTER SQUAD DEL MAR in class 41. You can see the opposition here.

Jack Daniel’s opposed a trademark for a Scottish comedy duo’s whiskey brand named after their characters, Jack & Victor. The UKIPO found in the comedians’ favor.

Miami Heat player Jimmy Butler appears to be considering entering the drink (and drink receptacle) space: he’s filed a trademark application for HIMMY BUCKETS for coffee, soda, water, and beer.

Professional Concerns

I bet this job as IP counsel at Northrop Grumman will take you places. Even if it doesn’t, it should be a blast.

Tired of trying to defend your decision to stay at your current employer? Consider serving as contact and IP counsel for the Defense Information Systems Agency.

Is this opening for contracts counsel the (Mono)type of job you’re looking for?

Do you want your job to change lives or just to change your own? Get this job serving as an IP paralegal for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

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

The Supreme Court will hear the TRUMP TOO SMALL trademark registration case, which hinges on whether §2(c)’s prohibition of trademarks featuring the name or likeness of a living person without their permission violates the First Amendment.

Don’t miss our Canadian trademark updates webinar this Thursday!

Tomorrow, the House Small Business Committee is set to hear about how inflation is affecting small businesses.

Paralegals and other administrators, INTA wants you to fill out this survey about your role.

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