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Alt Legal IP News - Issue # 156

Alt Legal IP News - Issue # 156

Nintendo's recent patent suggests it might start making foldable JoyCon controllers for the Switch. Meanwhile, Razer Asia Pacific recently filed a patent application for a device similar to the Switch.

Alt Legal IP News - Issue # 154

Alt Legal IP News - Issue # 154

Basketball star LeBron James filed a trademark application for "Taco Tuesday" in classes related 9, 35, 38 and 41, all related to online media. Maybe he just wanted to give us something to taco 'bout. Check out the app here.

The USPTO will require Foreign Applicants to have US Attorneys

After first publishing a proposal to require foreign-domiciled applicants and registrants to use a U.S. licensed attorney in February, the USPTO has made the rule official. Starting on August 3, 2019, filers residing and businesses headquartered outside the United States—including those in Canada—will have to be represented by an attorney licensed in the United States. 

The new rule will also mean that Canadian patent agents will no longer be able to represent trademark applicants, and while Canadian attorneys may continue to be deemed “additionally appointed practitioners,” the USPTO will no longer correspond directly with them.

Generally, this is part of a series of changes that the USPTO is making to ensure that filings are accurate and comply with USPTO expectations and help “safeguard the integrity of the U.S. trademark register.”

Notably, this also applies to any non-US filers whose applications are assigned office actions, even if their applications were filed or their office actions were assigned before the effective date. Those applicants whose application dates were before August 3rd and whose applications are otherwise satisfactory will be granted registration.


2019 Alt Legal/World Trademark Review Study Released

2019 Alt Legal/World Trademark Review Study Released

For the third year in a row, Alt Legal collaborated with the World Trademark Review and other intellectual property experts to publish a study examining IP offices around the world and the innovative tools and services they provide to applicants.

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #63

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #63

A Brooklyn jury found that the graffiti on the 5Pointz complex, despite its transient nature, should be considered art and was illegally destroyed.