SoCal IP Institute :: August 8, 2016 :: A Review of Recent Trademark Decisions in the Central District and TTAB.

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, August 8, 2016, we will discuss the following:
Pom Wonderful LLC and The Wonderful Company v. Robert Hubbard et al. (C.D. Cal June 29, 2016) (available here). Pom Wonderful has been selling pomegranate-flavored juices under the trademarks “POM” and “POM WONDERFUL” since 2002.  The defendant, a competing pomegranate-flavored […]

By |August 5th, 2016|Ethics, Fraud, Patent|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: August 1, 2016 :: Ethics Credit :: Crime Doesn’t Pay for a Fraudulent IP Attorney

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, August 1, 2016, we will discuss the following:
United States v. Throne, No. 16-cr-00073 (D. Colo. April 5, 2016) (available here). Here, Mr. Throne was hired to be Hunter Douglas’ in-house IP counsel in 1993.  He continued in that capacity, with a promotion to IP General Counsel, […]

By |July 27th, 2016|Ethics, Fraud, Patent|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: May 16, 2016 :: News Ethics Decision Regarding Conflict Waivers & Microsoft Patents are Found not Abstract under Alice

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, May 16, 2016, we will discuss the following cases:
Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Mfg Co. (Cal. App. Feb. 26, 2016) (available here). In this unanimous published decision, the Court of Appeal reversed a $1.7 million dollar judgment holding that broad, non specific conflict waivers are invalid.  // //
In Enfish LLC v. […]

By |May 13th, 2016|Attorney's Fees, conflict waiver, Ethics, Litigation, Trademark|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: November 9, 2015 :: The Ethical Implications of Controversial Clients

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, November 9, 2015 will be a video presentation and further discussion regarding the ethical implications of representing controversial clients such as those involved in the medical marijuana or adult entertainment industries.  Materials will be provided during the presentation.

All are invited to join us in our discussion during […]

By |November 2nd, 2015|Ethics|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: June 30, 2014 :: Conflicts of Interest

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, June 30, 2014 will be a video presentation on Conflicts of Interest.

All are invited to join us in our discussion during the SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, June 30, 2014 at Noon in our Westlake Village office. This activity is approved for 1 hour of MCLE […]

By |June 28th, 2014|Ethics|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: June 30, 2014 :: Conflicts of Interest

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, June 30, 2014 will be a video presentation on Conflicts of Interest.

All are invited to join us in our discussion during the SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, June 30, 2014 at Noon in our Westlake Village office. This activity is approved for 1 hour of MCLE […]

By |June 23rd, 2014|Ethics|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: December 16, 2013 :: Ethical Issues in Social Media

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, December 16, 2013 will be a discussion of ethical issues in social media. The discussion will be based upon a video presentation available here.  The discussion is designed to help lawyers and law firms understand the professional ethics rules and other state bar regulations governing the use […]

By |December 15th, 2013|Ethics|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: November 5, 2012 :: Ethical Considerations for Attorneys in the Modern Age

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, November 5, 2012 will be a class on ethical considerations for attorneys relating to new communication technologies.  This MCLE class will address how modern technology, particularly the Internet, computers, networks, cell phones and email, affect modern legal practice.  This class explores some of the issues and pitfalls […]

By |November 1st, 2012|Ethics|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: March 26, 2012 :: Rule 3-300 Avoiding Interests Adverse to a Client

During our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, March 26, 2012, we will have guest speakers Robert Wynner and Don Palazzo from Nevers, Palazzo, Maddux & Packard discussing Rule 3-300 of the California Rules of Professional Conduct: Avoiding Interests Adverse to a Client.

Rule 3-300 states:

A member shall not enter into a business transaction with […]

By |March 22nd, 2012|Elimination of Bias, Ethics|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: July 18, 2011 :: Ethics MCLE :: Inequitable Conduct after Therasense and Inducing Gifts from Clients

We will be discussing one ethics-related case and a recent formal opinion of the California Bar committee for professional responsibility.  The case is the first post-Therasense case addressing inequitable conduct during patent prosecution.  The opinion deals with inducing gifts from clients.  We will discuss the case and opinion in our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting […]

By |July 15th, 2011|Ethics, Inequitable Conduct|0 Comments