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 […]

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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 :: 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 […]