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Intellectual Property Law

Beyond the Docket: Nancy Mertzel

Beyond the Docket: Nancy Mertzel

Welcome back to Beyond the Docket! This time we are back to interview Nancy Mertzel of Mertzel Law PLLC. Nancy is a litigator and IP attorney who left a large firm to start her own practice. We talk about her 4-year-long litigation case, her involvement with the Women-Owned Law Group, and her 2015 testimony before Congress.

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #151

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #151

McDonald's lost its tradeMc battle with Supermac's in EUIPO court, which denied the chain the exclusive use of the prefix "Mc."

Beyond the Docket: Mike Atkins

Beyond the Docket: Mike Atkins

Welcome back to Beyond the Docket! This time we are back to interview Michael Atkins of Atkins Intellectual Property. Mike is an intellectual property attorney who after working at a large firm in Seattle now successfully runs a completely virtual practice. We talk about him taking his practice abroad as well as his love of teaching and his interest in loud music.

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 #57

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #57

Levi's is suing Vineyard Vines over a tab with a small image of a whale on the back pocket of their jeans.

Podcast Catchup: IP Fridays

Podcast Catchup: IP Fridays

One of our favorite podcasts at Alt Legal is IP Fridays. The podcast is hosted by co-hosts Rolf Claessen and Ken Suzan. The episodes provide a succinct, focused, and, most importantly, interesting look at some of the most relevant topics in intellectual property. In the wintery weather, we are staying in and revisiting some of our favorite episodes including Episode #8 featuring Ed Timberlake, Episode #24 with Paul Banwatt, Episode #57 with John Welch, and Episode #63 with Ron Coleman, who is now working on the Slants case before the Supreme Court. 

Alt Trademarks: Episode 6 - Sonia Lakhany

Alt Trademarks: Episode 6 - Sonia Lakhany

Alt Legal presents the newest episode of Alt Trademarks, a biweekly podcast hosted by Hannah Samendinger. Alt Trademarks discusses the latest news in trademark law, features interviews with prominent trademark professionals, and contemplates the issues trademark professionals face. 

Tongan Shell Game: How Apple and Google File Trademarks

Tongan Shell Game: How Apple and Google File Trademarks

Few product announcements command the same level of attention as Apple’s. Its semi-annual product event this September was mentioned over 2.4 million times on Twitter alone. Fans, competitors, and tech prophets scour whatever sources, including trademark applications, to derive early insight and create predictions. Companies are becoming increasingly savvy as a result, hiding their IP filings using a combination of shell companies and clever trademark filing strategies.