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 :: July 11, 2016 :: Reviewing Ethics Decisions in Patent Law

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, July 11, 2016, we will discuss the following:
Protostorm, LLC. v. Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Ins. Co. v. Antonelli, Terry, Stout & Kraus LLP (VLW 010-3-620), No. 08-CV-931 (E.D.N.Y June 20, 2016) (Memorandum & Order available here; Damages Order Available here). In this case, a judgment of approximately $7 […]

By |July 7th, 2016|Attorney's Fees, Copyright, Inter Partes Review, Patent|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: June 27, 2016 :: Nonappealable Institution Decisions and BRI Proper in IPR and Prenda Law Appellate Affirmation

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, June 27, 2016, we will discuss the following:
Cuozzo Speed Techs. v. Lee, No. 15-446 (June 20, 2016) (available here). Cuozzo sued Garmin International who, in turn, sought inter parties review of a patent owned by Cuozzo.  The Patent Trial and Appeal Board concluded that the claims […]

By |June 22nd, 2016|Attorney's Fees, Copyright, Inter Partes Review, Patent|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: June 20, 2016 :: Damages in Copyright Cases and the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, June 20, 2016, we will discuss the following:
Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, No. 15-375 (June 16, 2016) (available here).  The Supreme Court  took up a copyright damages case where the defendant in this case, Mr. Kirtsaeng, had won a copyright lawsuit brought by John Wiley […]

By |June 17th, 2016|Attorney's Fees, Copyright|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: March 7, 2016 :: Contempt in Copyright Disputes and Infringement of Video Game Pointing Devices

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, March 7, 2016, we will discuss the following cases:
CBS Broadcasting, Inc. et al. v. FilmOn.com, Inc., Docket No. 14-3123-cv (2d. Cir. Feb. 16, 2016) (available here).  FilmOn provides an online streaming service that rebroadcasts, via the internet, broadcast television.  FilmOn offered content from a number of […]

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 :: January 26, 2015 :: Willfulness standard for Copyrights and Copyright Infringement

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, January 26, 2015 will be a discussion of:

Olem Shoe Corp. v. Washington Shoe Corp, Case No. 12-11227 (11th Cir. January 12, 2015) (available here).  In 2009 and 2010, Washington Shoe sent cease and desist letters to Olem Shoe Corp. alleging copyright infringement of designs of Washington Shoe’s Zebra Supreme […]

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SoCal IP Institute :: January 5, 2015 :: Trademark infringement and patent infringement

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, January 5, 2015 will be a discussion of one Ninth Circuit decision and a Federal Circuit decision.  Synopses of the cases appear below:

Pom Wonderful LLC v. Hubbard, No. 14-55253 (9th Cir.  December 30, 2014 ) (available here). Plaintiff Pom Wonderful filed a preliminary injunction motion against defendant Pur Beverages seeking to enjoin defendant […]

By |December 31st, 2014|Attorney's Fees, Patent, Preliminary Injunction, Trademark|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: January 20, 2014 :: Inhale Inc. v. Starbuzz Tobacco (9th Cir. 2014) & In re Kent Pederson (TTAB Dec. 30, 2013)

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, January 20, 2014 will be a discussion of the following cases:

In INHALE, INC. V. STARBUZZ TOBACCO, INC. (9th Cir. 2014), the 9th Circuit held that a copyright for a  hookah water container could not be enforced because it was a useful article and it did not incorporate sculptural features that could […]

By |January 15th, 2014|Attorney's Fees, Copyright, Ownership, Trademark, TTAB|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: August 19, 2013 ::

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, August 19, 2013 will be a discussion of a recent 9th Circuit decision regarding player likenesses in games and a non-precedential case at the TTAB involving the Morehouse defense. Brief synopses of the cases appear below.

Seltzer v. Green Day, Inc., Case No. 11-56573 (9th Cir. August 7, […]