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I ♡ Trademarks Newsletter Issue #373

Bri Van Til | February 20, 2024
2 min read

Privacy, Please

Does the proliferation of AI technologies threaten our privacy?

Law firm Chestek PLLC argued that the USPTO’s US domicile requirement was “arbitrary and capricious, particularly with respect to its failure to consider issues like privacy,” but the Federal Circuit disagreed.

For more about how to maintain privacy while meeting US domicile requirements, check out this past webinar.

Pharma(ore) Money

The Senate has been holding hearings with pharma companies, whom they accuse of using patents and exclusivity to keep drug prices high.

Some claim that exercising march-in rights—seizing patents of expensive drugs researched using public funds—would jeopardize access.

Are IP rights sabotaging efforts to prevent or combat the next pandemic?

There’s concern that an India-Europe free trade agreement would limit Indians’ access to generic drugs.

Trade Dress Code

Join us for this webinar about registering and defending trade dress.

According to the Fifth Circuit, sales volume can go a long way towards establishing secondary meaning for trade dress.

Kelly Toys is suing Build-A-Bear for trade dress infringement, alleging that Skoosherz are too similar to their Squishmallows.

Professional Concerns

Think your current job is Boeing? It’s plane to see this IP professional job is perfect for you.

This IP transaction associate position at Holland & Hart isn’t in the Netherlands and doesn’t require a cardiologist, but I bet you’d love it, and it’s got benefits others can’t Dutch.

Check out this in-house associate position at Galaxy Media; it’s out of this world!

Either you’re Leason Ellis you’re buyin’, but either way, you should consider being a trademark and copyright admin for this firm.

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

IP myths are fun. Check out this webinar for a bunch of them!

Cloudflare is using bounty seekers—crowdsourced participants that look for prior art—to combat “patent trolling” and even invalidate some patents used to claim patent infringement.

The CAFC says TTAB has a thing or two to learn about likelihood of confusion.

It appears that the Cubs have removed the ® from their jerseys.

Join me for this AMA-style Q&A discussion with long-time TMA and current INTA Vice President Deborah Hampton.

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