SoCal IP Institute :: September 25, 2017 :: Please join us for a presentation by guest speaker David Harris regarding: Brexit and its impact on European intellectual property

Please join us for our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, September 25, 2016.

SoCal IP welcomes David Harris of Barker Brettell LLP, an intellectual property firm in the United Kingdom. Mr. Harris will lead a presentation addressing the impact of Brexit on EU and UK Intellectual Property Laws.

All are invited to join […]

By |September 20th, 2017|Copyright Ownership, Invalidity, Litigation|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: September 18, 2017 :: DMCA and Physical Merchandise ; Fair Use and YouTube Comedy

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, September 18, 2017, we will discuss the following cases:

Greg Young Publishing v Zazzle, (C.D. Cal, May 1, 2017) (available here). Zazzle is a website that allows customers to upload images and print them on merchandise. Greg Young Publishing (GYP) sued Zazzle alleging they publicly displayed GYP’s copyrighted images on […]

By |September 13th, 2017|Copyright Ownership, Invalidity, Litigation|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: September 11, 2017 :: Censored Videos and the DMCA ; Tea Rose-Rectanus Doctrine ; Assignor Estoppel

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, September 11, 2017, we will discuss the following cases:

Disney Enterprises, Inc. v. Vidangel, Inc., (9th Circuit, August 24, 2017) (available here). VidAngel ran a service that would stream television and movies but removed objectionable content first. To operate their service, VidAngel purchased physical disks of the content they would […]

By |September 6th, 2017|Copyright Ownership, Invalidity, Litigation, Patent, Trademark|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: August 28, 2017 :: Enhanced Damages for Patent Infringement ; IPR Filing Deadlines

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, August 28, 2017, we will discuss the following cases:

Georgetown Rail v. Holland., (Federal Circuit August 14, 2017) (available here). Georgetown Rail owned a patent for a method of inspecting railroad tie-plates and automating the examination of misaligned tie plates. Holland infringed the patent and Georgetown sued. The district court […]

By |August 23rd, 2017|Invalidity, Litigation, Patent|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: August 21, 2017 :: Trademark Infringement ; Computer Memory and Abstract Ideas

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, August 21, 2017, we will discuss the following cases:

Tiffany & Co. v. Costco Wholesale Corp., (Federal Circuit August 14, 2017) (available here). Costco sold non Tiffany rings next to signs that said “Tiffany.” Tiffany sued under the Lanham act for Costco’s profits as well as punitive damages. The court […]

By |August 16th, 2017|Invalidity, Litigation, Patent, Trademark|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: August 14, 2017 :: Doctrine of Equivalents ; CAFC Disagrees with the PTAB

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, August 14, 2017, we will discuss the following cases:
Enzo Biochem v. Applera, (Federal Circuit 2017) (available here). Enzo and Applera had been involved in litigation over patents for genetic testing and labeling since 2004. In a new round of litigation, plaintiff argued under the doctrine of equivalence, that the […]

SoCal IP Institute :: August 7, 2017 :: Inequitable Conduct Reviving a Patent Application ; Inequitable Conduct in Patent Litigation

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, August 7, 2017, we will discuss the following cases:
3D Med. Imaging Sys., LLC v. 3D Med. Imaging Sys., LLC, (N.D. Ga. January 2017) (available here). Plaintiff acquired a patent portfolio and began suing defendant for patent infringement. Defendant raised the affirmative defense of inequitable conduct arguing that one of […]

By |August 2nd, 2017|Invalidity, Patent|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: July 31, 2017 :: Clothing Trademarks ; Functional Designs

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, July 31, 2017, we will discuss the following cases:
In re Critelli, (TTAB. July 24, 2017) (available here). The USPTO refused to register the mark LAVA for outdoor survival clothing. LAVA ACCESSORIES had already been registered for “scarfs; travel clothing contained in a package comprising reversible jackets, pants, skirts, tops […]

By |July 26th, 2017|Invalidity, Likelihood of Confusion, Trademark, TTAB|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: July 24, 2017 :: Law Firm Trademarks ; Expert Testimony and Claim Scope

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, July 24, 2017, we will discuss the following cases:
Merchant & Gould P.C. v. MG-IP Law, P.C. (TTAB decision April 19, 2017) (available here). An IP law firm filed for a trademark to the name MG-IP.  Another IP law firm, Merchant and Gould, petitioned for cancellation of the […]

SoCal IP Institute :: July 17, 2017 :: Adequate Written Description; Trademark Law Still Does Not Cover Copyright Claims

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, July 17, 2017, we will discuss the following cases:
The Board of Trustees of The Leland Stanford Junior University v. The Chinese University of Hong Kong. (Fed. Cir.  June 27, 2017) (available here). The PTAB found Stanford’s claims regarding testing methods for fetal aneuploidies (chromosomal disease) unpatentable for lack of […]

By |July 13th, 2017|Copyright, Patent, Trademark|0 Comments