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 :: Nov. 7, 2016 :: Fed. Cir. Resurrects Software Patents Previously Found Ineligible Under Alice in Amdocs Case

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, we will discuss the following:
AMDOCS (ISRAEL) LIMITED v. OPENET TELECOM, INC., OPENET TELECOM LTD. (Fed Cir. Nov. 1, 2016) (available here).  In a 61 page opinion, a split federal circuit holds that 4 Amdocs patents were erroneously found ineligible under Alice. Judge Plager authored the opinion and […]

SoCal IP Institute :: October 24, 2016 :: Disavowal of Patent Claim Scope and No Copyright Infringement of “Who’s on First?”

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, October 24, 2016, we will discuss the following:
Poly America, L.P. v. API Industries, Inc. (Fed Cir. October 14, 2016) (available here). Plaintiff brought a patent infringement action, where the district court found that the patent and prosecution history “contain clear and unequivocal statements that the inventor […]

SoCal IP Institute :: July 6, 2015 :: Copyright Interests in Film Contributions & Kickstarter Prevails in Patent Case under Alice

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, July 6, 2015 will be a discussion of the following cases:
Kickstarter, Inc. v. Fan Funded,  11 Civ. 6909, S.D.N.Y, Decided June 29, 2015 (available here).  Kickstarter brought a declaratory relief action against Fan Funded and ArtistShare that U.S. Patent No. 7,885,887 for “Method and apparatuses for financing and marketing a creative work” is invalid […]

SoCal IP Institute :: March 2, 2015 :: Laches Defense Bars Dilution Claim in the TTAB & 9th Circuit Reverses Lower Court in the “Jersey Boys” Case

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, March 2, 2015 will be a discussion of:

Ava Ruha Corporation dba Mother’s Market & Kitchen v. Mother’s Nutritional Center, Inc., Cancellation No. 92056067 (TTAV 1/29/15 (available here).  In a precedential TTAB Opinion, Ava petitioned to cancel Mother’s marks “Mother’s” and “Mother’s Nutritional Center” “Retail grocery stores that exclusively feature foods authorized for […]

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SoCal IP Institute :: January 12, 2015 :: Claiming Copyright Ownership & Copyright Infringement

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, January 12, 2015 will be a discussion of the cases below:

Stan Lee Media v. The Walt Disney Co., No. 13-1407 (5th Cir.  December 18, 2014 ) (available here). Here, the 10th Circuit affirmed the trial court’s dismissal of the action wherein SLM was precluded from alleging ownership interest in the […]