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 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 […]

SoCal IP Institute :: March 27, 2017 :: The Supreme Court on Copyright Separability and Patent Laches

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, March 27, 2017, we will discuss the following Supreme Court cases:
Star Athletica, LLC v. Varsity Brands, Inc. et al. (March 22, 2017) (available here).  We previously discussed this case here when it was before the 6th Circuit. There, the 6th Circuit held that Varsity’s designs for its cheerleader uniforms […]

By |March 24th, 2017|Copyright, Patent|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: February 27, 2017 :: Patent infringement under 271(f) and Copyright infringement

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, February 27, 2017, we will discuss the following:
Life Technologies Corp et. al. v. Promega Corp., No. 14-1538 (S.Ct. February 22, 2017) (available here).  Life Technologies sublicensed Promega’s patent that related to a toolkit for genetic testing. Life Technologies then shipped one of the five components of the […]

By |February 23rd, 2017|Copyright, Infringement, Patent|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: Dec. 5, 2016 :: Copyright infringement and trademark infringement

At our next SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, December 5, 2016, we will discuss the following:
Antonick v. Electronic Arts, Inc. (Fed. Cir. November 22, 2016) (available here).  Plaintiff Antonick developed the computer code for EA’s Madden Football game for the Apple II computer. EA later released versions of the game for Sega and Nintendo. EA […]

By |December 2nd, 2016|Copyright, Infringement, Trademark, Use in Commerce|0 Comments

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 31, 2016 :: Copyrights

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, October 31, 2016, we will discuss the following:
Direct Technologies, LLC v. Electronic Arts, Inc. (9th Cir. September 6, 2016) (available here). Electronic Arts is the maker of a game called The Sims. EA contracted with a company to develop a flash drive in the shape of one […]

By |October 28th, 2016|Copyright, Infringement|0 Comments

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 […]