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I ♡ Trademarks NewsletterIssue #363

Bri Van Til | November 28, 2023
3 min read

Let’s Get Together (yeah, yeah, yeah)

Alt Legal is going to be hosting a one-day in-person event in New York on March 19th (the day before INTA’s Business of AI event). We’ll announce more details soon, so sign up here to make sure you get email announcements and invitations.

What you don’t know about design patents can hurt your clients and compromise their rights. Join us for this webinar to learn what trademark practitioners need to know about design patents.

Deborah Hampton is a trademark trailblazer, and she’d love to answer your questions. Join us for this semi-structured AMA, where you can learn about being a great TMA, developing your career, getting approval for conferences, or whatever else you’re dying to know.

In case you’ve been hiding under a rock: TESS is going away this week. Here’s a training about the system set to replace it. And, of course, you can find great explanations in this article as well.

Jamaica is not only a beautiful country; it’s also a jurisdiction whose trademark registry can help you gain protection without telling the world your clients’ intents. Sign up for our webinar to learn about Jamaican trademarks.

AI, Yellow Brick Road

Close to twenty countries have signed an agreement about AI safety.

Scarlett Johansson is suing an AI company for its ad featuring AI-generated audio that allegedly sounds like her voice.

Meanwhile, Sarah Silverman’s copyright infringement lawsuit against Meta has hit a snag.

A tech company has demoed AI software that would do contract negotiations on behalf of an attorney, leaving the lawyer just to review and approve the final agreement.

Nonfiction authors are the latest to sue OpenAI for copyright infringement.

Houston, We Have a Problem

Be careful how you pay tribute: The University of Houston’s football team recently wore uniforms that were an homage to the old Houston Oilers, earning them a C&D from the NFL.

We had a blast at the INTA Leadership conference in Houston, and I can’t wait to see you all in Atlanta (or New York before then)!

Whitney Houston’s estate is suing a promoter of a tribute show for the late singer. For one moment in time, they thought they’d be able to use the name. But I have nothing if I let you use her name, the estate says. After all, what are you to do when you believe trademarks are the greatest love of all, and you just wanna dance with somebody?

Professional Concerns

Feeling ready to KIPP out on your current gig? This educational chain is looking for legal counsel.

Current job have you ready to go postal? Make it official by serving as an IP attorney at the USPS.

If you’re tired of your current job, become an IP paralegal at Michelin.

Can you afFord to pass up the chance to be IP counsel for this auto manufacturer?

You can get pharma out of your job if you enjoy it, so get this job as senior IP counsel at Novo Nordisk.

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

What should you get for the trademark practitioners in your life? Check out this year’s fantastic IP gift guide!

UW Madison takes issue with trademark applications for BUCKYNOMICSThey’ve filed an opposition because they want the BUCKY to stop here.

Missouri is changing its bar exam to focus on practical skills required to actually be a lawyer. Weird.

The US Supreme Court has adopted an ethics code for itself, though critics question the value of the code because of its soft wording and lack of an enforcement method.

Are these two beverages similar enough to be infringing? One UK judge will be the de-cider.

This town’s City Counsel has agreed to renew the trademark for the town’s paperclip.

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