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I ♡ Trademarks NewsletterIssue #366

Bri Van Til | December 19, 2023
2 min read

Sport On

The Phillies attempted to trademark BEDLAM AT THE BANK, but the application was issued an office action because of likelihood of bedlam (I think we should start using that expression from now on) with an existing mark.

Nike has sent a cease and desist to a Colorado ski apparel brand whose logo they allege is confusingly similar to the Jumpman.

Manchester United WFC star Ella Toone is the first player on the team to file a trademark application.

It’s the End of the Year as We Know It

To help you kick off your 2024, Phil Cox is hosting this great webinar about how to develop business from your existing contacts.

If you missed our fantastic webinar last week offering a recap of 2023’s biggest trademark cases, check out the recording here, and you can find all our amazing webinars from 2023 here.

How will the Supreme Court’s two trademark decisions this year affect your practice?

The Canadian IP office is raising its rates in 2024, so if you have patents or trademarks to file there, do it now.

Three years after the passage of the TMA, how has its “presumption of irreparable harm” been applied thus far?

Kids’ Stuff

Disney will not continue to fight to extend its copyright protection for Steamboat Willie, so it will have to take other measures to avoid consumer confusion when its iconic character is used by others.

Trademark applications suggest that Pokémon—already the highest grossing media franchise in the world—may be creating a theme park in Europe.

This is a fair warning that the Grinch is still protected by copyright, so be careful about your use of the character.

Professional Concerns

Attaché yourself to a new place by serving as a USPTO attorney advisor in either Ukraine or India.

Go be one Knobbe Martens trademark attorney. I don’t want to force you, but I think it might bring you a new hope.

This position as senior IP counsel at Boston Scientific might have been engineered just for you.

I see no reason not to Publicis position for senior counsel.

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

Sometimes when explaining the nuts and bolts of IP to clients, it can also help to give them other related strategies, like this suggestion about how trademarks might affect tax planning.

The Second Circuit has applied the Jack Daniel’s precedent to Vans v. MSCHF.

The Internet Archive is appealing to the Second Circuit, arguing that its controlled digital lending program is fair use.

Biglaw has been acquiring a lot of smaller IP firms.

I guess the USPTO has Georgia on its mind: Atlanta is getting its own USPTO regional office.

There will be no newsletter for the next two weeks. Happy holidays, all!

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