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I ♡ Trademarks NewsletterIssue #365

Bri Van Til | December 12, 2023
2 min read

March In

The Biden Administration has announced plans to exercise march-in rights—the ability to seize patents when the research was publicly funded—if drug companies don’t lower their prices.

Check out the explanation here.

The NIST is hosting a webinar tomorrow to discuss the plan and giving people opportunities to weigh in here.

Speaking of things in March (march-in, in March; they’re pretty much the same thing), don’t forget to save the date for March 19th and sign up here to get more information about the in-person CLE and networking event we’re hosting the day before INTA’s Business of AI summit.


Our CEO, Nehal Madhani, is now a member of TPAC!

Our webinar this Thursday about the top trademark issues of 2023 has the distinction of not only being our last of the year but also holding the record for the greatest number of registrants. I hope to see you here on Thursday!

This professional shout-out for an incredible office action response is heartwarming. Check out the OAR here.

Special thanks to all the guest authors of the top articles on the Alt Legal Blog this yearRachael DicksonSteve CooperDaphne Benford-Smith, and John Miranda. If you want to take a stab at a presentation or a guest blog article, please fill out this form.

Whether you’re looking to be recognized as the best gift giver or are just wanting to give the best gifts, check out our IP gift guide for suggestions.

Just Eat It

Cyprus has successfully stopped an Indian company from registering a trademark for HALLOUMI, despite not having a trademark registration for the term themselves.

The NBA launched a City Edition jersey series aimed at showing the teams’ pride in their cities, but the campaign has backfired (or might you say backfried) now that Fred’s Fish Fry is claiming trademark infringement.

On appeal, the EUIPO has found that Haribo’s bear image is distinctive.

Professional Concerns

Like all our other job postings, this listing for a trademark associate is written in (McCarter &) English.

In my best Matthew McConaughey voice, I’ll say: “Alight Alight Alight. Check out this senior counsel position.”

You don’t have to be a Spanish-speaking man to apply for this position at TMBTQ because they’re looking for a SENIOR trademark attorney, not a SEÑOR trademark attorney. Whew, I was worried a lot of you couldn’t apply, but you can, so do it!

If you got this job as associate GC of music product, you could make decisions about hip hop, R&B, pop, and heavy Meta.

I’ll prescribe this senior marketing and IP counsel position at Walgreens for whatever ails you.

I bet Winnie the Pooh would be excited to learn you got this position as senior counsel at Honeywell.

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

Don’t miss my Ask-Me-Anything-style discussion with veteran TMA and INTA vice president Deborah Hampton tomorrow. If you aren’t familiar with Deborah, you’ll soon learn why the webinar is called Deboracle (it’s only partially because of the pun!).

What is Automated Content Recognition, and what role does it play in protecting IP in digital content?

The intersection of Cars for Kids and Kars4Kids is accelerating into a full-on trademark infringement suit.

The Second Circuit has applied the Jack Daniel’s precedent to Vans v. MSCHF. I guess you could say MSCHF jacked up.

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