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I ♡ Trademarks NewsletterIssue #374

Bri Van Til | February 27, 2024
2 min read

Appealing, Eh?

Here are five IP cases the Supreme Court will not be hearing, including the case about RedBubble’s alleged contributory trademark infringement.

Apple is suing a third party who filed oppositions to its applications for REALITY COMPOSER and REALITY CONVERTER, marks the company says are suggestive.

SCOTUS may address whether the discovery rule is applicable in copyright infringement cases.

I’ve Got a Feeing

Apparently there’s a flaw in the USPTO patent fee system: it doesn’t refuse maintenance fees or even give a warning if a patent is expired. If this has happened to you or a client, you may request a refund.

What patent fee increases might the USPTO request next year?

After a lot of back-and-forth about which fees should count, OpenSky has been ordered to pay VLSI over $400k in legal fees after its “attempted extortion.”


Not surprisingly, LSU basketball star Angel Reese’s trademark application for BAYOU BARBIE was not successful.

Casio has been granted trade dress protection in Japan for the shape of its G-Shock watch.

The Guinness World Record holder for the oldest unchanged logo is stopping its streak; Lyle’s syrup will replace its logo featuring bees hovering over a dead lion.

NBCUniversal and DeLorean are heading to trial over NBCU’s use of the DeLorean in its Back to the Future merchandise.

Professional Concerns

I bet if you told your friend about this IP director position, it would Stryker as pretty fantastic!

I wonder what kind of benefits package comes with this senior marketing and IP counsel position at FedEx. Do you think they push the envelope?

Regularly applying for jobs like this senior IP counsel position is a good Abbott to acquire.

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

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This Suburu fan is asking the company not to use any of the names it’s recently filed trademark applications to protect.

Strangely, you wood be able to copyright a grain pattern if it were created by a person.

Here’s an interesting UK government report about how their IP filings indicate they’re progressing towards achieving their goal of net zero carbon emissions.

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