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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

SoCal IP Institute :: July 10, 2017 :: Attorneys’ Fees for Exceptional Cases; Paying the PTO’s Expenses Includes Their Attorney’s Fees

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, July 10, 2017, we will discuss the following cases:
Adjustacam LLC v. Sakar International Inc. (Fed. Cir.  July 5, 2017) (available here). AdjustaCam is the exclusive licensee to a patent claiming a camera “rotatably attached . . . about a first axis of rotation.” Newegg produced […]

By |July 7th, 2017|Attorney's Fees, Infringement, Patent|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: June 26, 2017 ::Disparagement Clause of Lanham Act Facially Unconstitutional; What Does “Substantial Portion” of Components to a Patented Invention Mean?

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, June 26, 2017, we will discuss the following cases:
Matal v. Tam (Supreme Court, June 19, 2017) (available here). A rock group known as “The Slants” chose their band name in order to reclaim the term from its racist origins. The Trademark Office denied the band’s registration of […]

By |June 24th, 2017|Agreement Interpretation, Noninfringement, Patent, Trademark, TTAB|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: June 19, 2017 ::The Supreme Court on Patent Exhaustion; Housing Design Copyright Trolls

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, June 19, 2017, we will discuss the following cases:
Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc. (Supreme Court, May 30, 2017) (available here). Lexmark makes and sells certain printer toner cartridges. To prevent third parties from reselling used toner cartridges, Lexmark instituted a “buyback” program. Customers received […]

SoCal IP Institute :: June 12, 2017 :: Changes to Patent Venue and Google Is Still Not a Generic Term

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, June 12, 2017, we will discuss the following cases:
TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC  (Supreme Court, March 27, 2017) (available here).  Kraft Foods sued TC Heartland for patent infringement in Delaware. The district court denied TC’s motion to dismiss or transfer venue. TC petitioned […]