January 15, 2018 What does it take to find a patent case exceptional ; copyright standards for error

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

Capital Security Systems, Inc. v. NCR Corp , (N.D. Ga. January 5, 2018) (available here). Capital Security sued NCR for patent infringement on four different patents. NCR successfully defended itself against all four asserting theories of invalidity […]

December 31, 2017 Deadline to File Online Designation of Agent with Copyright Office to Maintain DMCA Safe Harbor Protection

Have you registered your Safe Harbor agent with the Copyright Office’s new online agent designation system? To limit copyright infringement liability from user-posted content, most companies rely on the Safe Harbor protections of the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act). By December 31, 2017, you must register your designated agent online to maintain Safe Harbor benefits, […]

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SoCal IP Institute :: December 18, 2017 :: Sanctionable 101 Arguments ; Oh the People You’ll Sue!

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

Inventor Holdings v. Bed Bath & Beyond, (CAFC, December 8,2017) (available here). Inventor Holdings sued Bed Bath & Beyond for infringement of several patents directed to methods of processing payments. The trial court granted Bed Bath & […]

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SoCal IP Institute :: December 4, 2017 :: What are Reasonable Measures? ; Romance Novel Copyright Infringement

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, December 4, 2017, we will discuss the following cases:

H.Q. Milton, Inc. v. Webster, (N.D. Cal November 22, 2017) (available here). Plaintiff owns an expensive watch store that sells vintage timepieces. Defendant, a former employee, started his own watch store allegedly misappropriating trade secrets such […]

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SoCal IP Institute :: November 13, 2017 :: Comic Con and the 1st Amendment; Likelihood of Confusion

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, November 13, 2017, we will discuss the following cases:

Dan Farr Productions v. United States District Court, (9th Cir. October 10, 2017) (available here). In a trademark dispute over who may actually use the term “Comic Con”, the Southern District of California gave a “Suppression Order” […]

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SoCal IP Institute :: November 6, 2017 :: Disputes Over College and Battery Trademarks

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, November 6, 2017, we will discuss the following cases:

Savannah College of Art and Design, Inc. v. Sportswear, Inc. , (S.D. Ohio October 3, 2017) (available here). Defendant owned a website where it sold sports apparel affixed with the plaintiff’s trademark for “SCAD” and “SAVANNAH COLLEGE […]

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SoCal IP Institute :: October 16, 2017 :: CAFC Makes it Easier to Amend Claims During IPR ; Right of Publicity and Copyright Law

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, October 16, 2017, we will discuss the following cases:

Aqua Products, Inc. v. Matal, (CAFC October 4, 2017) (available here). In a very fractured decision, the CAFC found 35 U.S.C § 316(e) requires the petitioner to prove all propositions of unpatentability, (including amended claims). Aqua sued […]

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SoCal IP Institute :: October 2, 2017 :: Parodying Dr. Seuss ; Trade Secrets With Independent Contractors

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, October 2, 2017, we will discuss the following cases:

Lombardo v. Dr. Seuss, (S.D.N.Y. September 15, 2017) (available here). Lombardo created a comedic play entitled “Who’s Holiday” based off of the Dr. Seuss book “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”. Lombardo sued for declaratory judgment which the court granted. The court […]

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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 […]

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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