SoCal IP Institute MCLE November 19; Meme as a Trademark; Printed Publications

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, November 19, 2018, we will discuss the following cases:

In re Grumpy Cat Limited (TTAB October 26, 2018 available here). Around 2012 a family posted a picture of their cat on the internet. The picture became an internet sensation and spawned the meme “grumpy cat”. The family […]

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SoCal IP Institute MCLE October 29; DNA Primer Patents; Attorneys Fees in Patent Cases

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, October 29, 2018, we will discuss the following cases:

Roche Molecular v. Cepheid (CAFC October 9, 2018 available here).  Roche held patent 5,643,723 entitled “Detection of a Genetic Locus Encoding Resistance to Rifampin in Microbacterial Cultures and in Clinical Specimens.” The district court, found the patent was directed to […]

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SoCal IP Institute MCLE October 22; Drug Dosages; Improper Use of ®

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, October 22, 2018, we will discuss the following cases:

Yeda Research v. Mylan Pharm (CAFC October 12, 2018 available here). Yeda was assigned 3 patents relating to the treatment of multiple sclerosis using the drug Copaxone. (‘250, ‘413, and ‘302). The patents were all invalidated during an […]

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SoCal IP Institute MCLE October 15; 101 Eligible Database Claims; Trademark Consent Agreements.

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, October 15, 2018, we will discuss the following cases:

Data Engine Techs. LLC v. Google LLC (CAFC October 9, 2018 available here). Data Engine Tech asserted 4 patents (5,590,259), (5,784,545), (5,303,146)  and (6,282,551) against Google.  The district court ruled all 4 patents were invalid under 101 as […]

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SoCal IP Institute MCLE October 8; Led Zepplein Copyright Issue; Is Corn Thins a Generic Term?

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, October 8, 2018, we will discuss the following cases:

Skidmore v. Led Zeppelin (9th Cir September 28, 2018 available here). Skidmore sued the members of Led Zeppelin for copyright infringement. A band called Spirit toured with Led Zeppelin in the 70’s and wrote a song called Taurus. Led Zeppelin […]

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SoCal IP Institute MCLE October 4; Andrei Iancu weighs in on 101; Time Barred Claims; Cryptocurrency Trademarks

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, October 4, 2018, we will discuss the following cases:

Hyatt v. PTO (CAFC September 24, 2018 available here). Mr. Hyatt sued the USPTO alleging the government acted unlawfully in denying his petition for rulemaking. The district court dismissed Mr. Hyatt’s claims for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. The […]

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SoCal IP Institute MCLE September 24; Exceptional Patent Case; Real Party in Interest for an IPR

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, September 24, 2018, we will discuss the following cases:

In re Rembrandt Techs (CAFC July 27, 2018 available here). Rembrandt Technologies sued a multitude of defendants over several years. These cases were consolidated and after years of litigation a final judgment was entered against Rembrandt as to all its […]

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SoCal IP Institute MCLE September 17; Intellectual Ventures at it Again ; Improper Evidence at TTAB hearing

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, September 17, 2018, we will discuss the following cases:

Intellectual Ventures v. T-Mobile USA, Inc. (CAFC September 4, 2018 available here). Intellectual Ventures asserted U.S Patent No. 6,640,248 against T-Mobile. The U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware granted summary judgment in favor of T-Mobile. The CAFC held […]

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SoCal IP Institute MCLE August 27; Improper Design Patents; Self Referencing Database Not Patent Eligible ; USPTO unveils “strategic plan”

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, August 27, 2018, we will discuss the following cases:

In re Maatita (CAFC August 20, 2018 available here) Petitioner applied for a design patent on an athletic shoe bottom but was rejected. The patent office reasoned that because applicant used a single, two dimensional plan-view drawing  to describe […]

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SoCal IP Institute MCLE August 20; USPTO Attorney Fees in Litigation; Reverse Passing off of Goods.

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, August 20, 2018, we will discuss the following cases:

NantKwest, Inc. v. Iancu (CAFC July 27, 2018 available here) NantKwest applied for a patent at the USPTO but was rejected for obviousness, the PTAB affirmed the rejection on appeal. NanKwest then appealed the board’s decision in district court, […]

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