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I ♡ Trademarks NewsletterIssue #378

Bri Van Til | March 26, 2024
2 min read

Social Media

Elon Musk and X have managed to avoid many, but not all, of the contributory copyright infringement claims they face.

Would forcing TikTok to sell its platform or face a ban violate the First Amendment?

A Spanish judge has ordered a block of social media platform Telegram after the platform refused to identify users suspected of piracy.

This explanation of what to do if a social media account is hacked is a good example of relevant but not wholly IP-related content to put on your firm’s site.

Do You Want to Know a Secret?

A Chinese national has been arrested for allegedly stealing hundreds of files containing Google’s trade secrets.

Boeing says Virgin Galactic has stolen its trade secrets. I’d planned to make a joke here, but I forgot what it was. Now I have to wing it.

The Northern District of California is launching a whistleblower pilot program to protect workers who report IP theft.

If you want patent protection, you really have to keep your invention a secret. Merely showing it to someone without requiring their confidentiality may compromise its protection.

Listen to the Music

Obviously there has been a lot of discussion about parody and trademarks recently, but where is the line between parody and copyrights when it comes to music?

This author argues that TikTok’s patent and trademark applications suggest it’s getting into the music business.

An EU court says Europeans aren’t familiar enough with Compton as a cultural icon to invalidate a mark for COMPTON. I guess they have no California Love.

Professional Concerns

Whether you have a mild curiosity or an Extreme need for a new job, consider this commercial counsel position.

Getting this IP contract and litigation position would be Hughley beneficial for you!

It is Paramount that you consider this senior IP counsel position.

Love. It’s what makes a Subaru counsel manager a Subaru counsel manager.

We’ve all wanted to edit attorneys before. Now you can do that as your job at Thomson Reuters.

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

Alt Legal and Corsearch Live last week was incredible. Read all about the event and the sessions here. And I hope you’ll join us next time!

This year’s National High School Debate topic might inspire a whole new crop of IP attorneys: students are set to debate US IP protections.

Congress is coming together on a bipartisan bill to ensure golf course layouts are protected by copyrights. And yes, it is called the BIRDIE Act.

District Courts’ power to issue subpoenas to support USPTO proceedings is limited to the Office’s Rules of Procedure.

New trademark fees may soon be coming to a USPTO near you. If you have something to say about that, weigh in here.

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