SoCal IP Institute :: January 18, 2015 :: First sale defense for copyright infringement and Patent ineligible abstract ideas

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, January 18, 2016, will be a discussion of the following:
Adobe Systems, Inc. v. Christiansen, (9th. Cir. December 30, 2015) (available here).   Adobe Systems sued Christiansen for copyright infringement as a result of selling Adobe software that defendant had purchased from a third party. Defendant Christiansen asserted that there […]

By |January 15th, 2016|Copyright, Ownership, Patent|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: December 14, 2015 :: Damages in Patent Infringement and ‘Santa Claus Is Coming to Town’ Rights Passed to Author’s Family

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, December 14, 2015, will be a discussion of the following:
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization v. Cisco Systems, Inc., (Fed. Cir. December 3, 2015) (available here).   In a challenge to the district court’s award of damages in a patent infringement action, the judgment is vacated and remanded […]

By |December 10th, 2015|Copyright, Ownership, Patent|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: November 30, 2015 :: Copyright protection in the “Happy Birthday” song and Patent-eligible subject matter

Happy Thanksgiving!
Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, November 30, 2015, will be a discussion of the following cases:
Marya v. Warner/Chappell Music, Inc. (C. D. Cal. September 2, 2015) (available here).  Plaintiffs filed a declaratory judgment action seeking a ruling that defendant’s purported copyright in the Happy Birthday song was invalid. The court held that defendants do not own a […]

By |November 25th, 2015|Copyright, Patent|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: November 23, 2015 :: Copyright protection for work that makes “fair use” of source material and patent specification may be used to determine the knowledge of a person of ordinary skill in the art

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, November 23, 2015, will be a discussion of the following cases:
Keeling v. Hars (2nd Cir. October 30, 2015) (available here).  In a copyright action seeking to enforce plaintiff’s copyright in an unauthorized parody of the movie Point Break, the district court’s judgment for the plaintiff is affirmed.  The court […]

By |November 18th, 2015|Anticipation, Copyright, Patent|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: November 16, 2015 :: Copyright protection in the “Happy Birthday” song and Patent-eligible subject matter

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, November 16, 2015, will be a discussion of the following cases:
Marya v. Warner/Chappell Music, Inc. (C. D. Cal. September 2, 2015) (available here).  Plaintiffs filed a declaratory judgment action seeking a ruling that defendant’s purported copyright in the Happy Birthday song was invalid. The court held that defendants do not own a valid […]

By |November 13th, 2015|Copyright, Patent|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: November 2, 2015 :: Trademark infringement and attorney fees under Section 285 of the Patent Act

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, November 2, 2015, will be a discussion of the following cases:
Multi Time Machine, Inc. v. Amazon, Inc. (9th Cir. October 21, 2015) (available here).  Multi Time machine sued Amazon for trademark infringement, alleging that a customer’s search of “MTM Special Ops” resulted in photographs and links to plaintiff’s competitor’s […]

By |November 1st, 2015|Copyright, Patent|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: October 26, 2015 :: Test for Willful Infringement and No Copyright Protection for Bikram Yoga

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, October 26, 2015, will be a discussion of the following cases:
Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc. (Fed. Cir. October 22, 2014) (available here).  The Supreme Court has agreed to review this Federal Circuit decision, along with the decision in Stryker Corp. v. Zimmer, regarding the standard for enhancing damages […]

By |October 23rd, 2015|Copyright, Patent|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: October 19, 2015 :: Google’s Scanning Fair Use and Ex-Employee’s Patent Inventorship

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, October 19, 2015 will be a discussion of the following recent cases:
The Author’s Guild v. Google, Inc., (2d Cir. Oct. 16, 2015) (available here). Plaintiff-appellants are authors of published books under copyright on appeal from the  judgment of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York […]

By |October 18th, 2015|Copyright, Patent|0 Comments

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 16, 2015 :: Discussion of Blurred Lines copyright infringement verdict

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, March 16, 2015, will be a discussion of the jury verdict in the Blurred Lines copyright infringement case. On March 10, 2015, a jury held that Robin Thicke’s hit song titled, “Blurred Lines” infringed Marvin Gaye’s copyrights. The jury awarded $7.4 million to Gaye’s estate. The jury […]

By |March 14th, 2015|Copyright, Infringement|1 Comment