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I ♡ Trademarks NewsletterIssue #383

Bri Van Til | April 30, 2024
2 min read

The Patent and Trademark Office

The USPTO is hosting a webinar to discuss how legal professionals should use AI tools in practice. For more about this topic, including the ethical implications of AI use, check out this article.

How might changes to USPTO patent fees lead to changes in patent strategy?

In not a philosophical or an epistemological context but a practical one, the USPTO has issued guidance defining the word “means.”

Factor2 Multimedia Systems is alleging patent infringement by the USPTO. I guess now a judge will have to assess Factor2’s claim authentication.

Asia Like It

Headlines like this one show China’s efforts to enforce trademark laws, but the USPTO says IP infringement is still a huge issue in the country.

The UAE has seen a dramatic rise in trademark filings this year.

This case in India hinged on whether one party’s alleged nonuse of a trademark would justify another’s injunction. Nope, said the Delhi High Court.

Uzbekistan has been removed from the US Trade Representative’s watch list. Find a summary of the report here, and the full report here.

Sounds Familiar

Who owns the copyrights to songs that AI pens?

A TikTok artist has been ordered to pay over $800,000 for copyright infringement after allegedly using unlicensed samples of another artist’s work.

In a case involving AI deep fakes, China’s Internet Court has moved to protect the “personality rights” of people’s voices.

What is “music laundering”? Some may allege it’s a way to clean out artists’ bank accounts.

Professional Concerns

Hey Mongo apply for this product counsel position. Or, rather, hey Persongo apply for the job.

Be a Dahl and check out this business transactions attorney gig. I don’t know how to make this one less sexist, but don’t let it reflect on the employer; my jokes aren’t their fault.

This AGC position might require you to think inside the Vox.

I know you’re Foley committed to IP law, so consider this IP paralegal job.

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

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals says district courts can rule on trademark applications.

Did you know that BROCCOLINI is a human-created hybrid of broccoli and kale and that it’s a registered trademark? Kale no, you didn’t. But now you do, thanks to their public awareness campaign. And if you’re curious about why a company might launch such a campaign, check out this great recording about genericide from Alt Legal Connect a few years back.

It’s been a year since the Warhol decision. How has it influenced litigation?

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