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I ♡ Trademarks NewsletterIssue #356

Bri Van Til | October 03, 2023
2 min read

Get It Write

Meta has filed a Motion to Dismiss the suit against it filed by Sarah Silverman and other writers, alleging that the company’s AI platform infringes their copyrights.

The Writers Guild of America has ended its strike. Read this guest blog post about how the strike is likely to impact IP law. 

A judge has found that Ross Intelligence copied headnotes from Westlaw but is leaving a jury to determine if that’s copyright infringement.

Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin and attorney and novelist John Grisham are among several authors who’ve recently filed a copyright infringement suit against OpenAI.

Songwriters want Congress to step in to require AI companies to have licenses to use their works to train AI models.

Unrealized Patential

Design patents can bolster your clients’ trademarks, so come learn what you need to know to advise clients well.

The discussion of the role of AI in IP isn’t limited to just copyrights; the question of whether AI’s inventions should be patentable has been debated for years.

Last week the USPTO issued the millionth design patent. It was for the design of a comb. The owner is now hair to a title she didn’t expect.

We Are Not the Same

A federal district judge has upheld Stone Brewing’s trademark infringement victory over Molson Coors and reaffirmed the micro brewer’s $56 million verdict.

After nine years of legal fighting, Japanese sake brand BISHONEN has stopped an imposter and secured trademark registration in China.

Dunkin’ has filed suit against Vapin’ Donuts for its “nearly identical” branding.

Professional Concerns

If you want to work at a worthwhile biomedical technology company, I (City of) Hope you get this position as VP and deputy IP counsel.

Trying to find a way to utilize your skills that have gone Dorman? Work as senior IP counsel for this auto products company.

Pearne closer inspection, this IP attorney gig seems like a great opportunity.

I guess this company needs help with their IP work real fast; apply to be IP counsel at RapidSOS.

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

Can someone claim trademark rights for the name of a historical figure?

According to the US Court of Appeals, a compilation data or information may be considered a trade secret, even if the individual data points are publicly available.

Here are the latest in the USPTO’s efforts to figure out what to do about AI.

Going to the INTA Leadership conference next month? Brand Action is selling t-shirts to give people in crisis a sporting chance.

Amazon has joined the EUIPO’s Intellectual Property Enforcement Portal to try to combat counterfeits.

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