Early yesterday evening, the USPTO announced the immediate shutdown of the TSDR API, one of the primary and most complete sources of USPTO trademark data. The USPTO made this change in response to bad actors scraping the TSDR, which caused usability limitations and outages.
- While the answer to the headline question may be fairly obvious, this is an interesting in-depth breakdown of the value of a celebrity's trademark registrations.
- Above the Law conducted a millennial attorney survey. The survey found that "45% of women strongly agree that law firm culture is sexist, compared to 14% of men."
The 2020 Election is over a year away and campaigns are already in full swing. President Donald Trump has already made it known that he will be running for re-election, but he won’t be alone. Former Massachusetts Governor and Libertarian VP candidate Bill Weld has announced that he will be running on the Republican ticket in 2020. The Democratic Party will be a very crowded race, and over 15 candidates have already announced that they will be running in the 2020 election.
On Monday, April 15th, 2019 the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Iancu v. Brunetti, which will likely address whether Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act’s prohibition on the federal registration of “immoral” or “scandalous” marks is facially invalid under the free speech clause of the First Amendment. Erik Brunetti, a streetwear icon, was barred by the USPTO for receiving a trademark registration because his clothing company FUCT was considered immoral or scandalous.
- The EFF is worried about the ramifications of the Patent Office's new patent eligibility guidelines.
The Alt Legal team is headed to California for events associated with “The Trademark Office Comes to California.” The program is organized by the California Lawyers Association’s Intellectual Property Law Section.