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 […]

By |September 20th, 2017|Copyright Ownership, Invalidity, Litigation|0 Comments

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 […]

By |September 13th, 2017|Copyright Ownership, Invalidity, Litigation|0 Comments

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 :: August 28, 2017 :: Enhanced Damages for Patent Infringement ; IPR Filing Deadlines

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, August 28, 2017, we will discuss the following cases:

Georgetown Rail v. Holland., (Federal Circuit August 14, 2017) (available here). Georgetown Rail owned a patent for a method of inspecting railroad tie-plates and automating the examination of misaligned tie plates. Holland infringed the patent and Georgetown sued. The district court […]

By |August 23rd, 2017|Invalidity, Litigation, Patent|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: August 21, 2017 :: Trademark Infringement ; Computer Memory and Abstract Ideas

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, August 21, 2017, we will discuss the following cases:

Tiffany & Co. v. Costco Wholesale Corp., (Federal Circuit August 14, 2017) (available here). Costco sold non Tiffany rings next to signs that said “Tiffany.” Tiffany sued under the Lanham act for Costco’s profits as well as punitive damages. The court […]

By |August 16th, 2017|Invalidity, Litigation, Patent, Trademark|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: August 14, 2017 :: Doctrine of Equivalents ; CAFC Disagrees with the PTAB

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, August 14, 2017, we will discuss the following cases:
Enzo Biochem v. Applera, (Federal Circuit 2017) (available here). Enzo and Applera had been involved in litigation over patents for genetic testing and labeling since 2004. In a new round of litigation, plaintiff argued under the doctrine of equivalence, that the […]

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 :: May 9, 2016 :: Attorney fees in a trademark infringement case and design patent infringement

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, May 9, 2016, we will discuss the following cases:
Baker v. Deshong (5th Cir. May 3, 2016) (available here).  Baker sued Deshong in the Northern District of Texas for trademark infringement for Deshong’s use of the phrase, “HIV Innocence Group Truth,” and “HIV Innocence Project Truth.” The district […]

By |May 4th, 2016|Attorney's Fees, Litigation, Trademark|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: May 2, 2016 :: Trademarks in Printed Works and Rule 68 Interaction with Attorneys’ Fees

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, May 2, 2016, we will discuss the following cases:
In re Jonathan Roche Fitness Ventures LLC, (TTAB April 15, 2016) (available here).  This is an appeal from the examining attorney’s refusal to register the mark NO EXCUSES DIET for a single book.  In response to the refusal, […]

By |April 28th, 2016|Attorney's Fees, Litigation, Trademark|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: April 25, 2016 :: False Expert Testimony in Patent Infringement Suit and No Bad Faith in Domain Name Dispute

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, April 25, 2016, we will discuss the following cases:
Rembrandt Vision Technologies, L.P. v. Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., (Fed Cir. April 7, 2016) (available here).  In an infringement action involving a patent related to contact lenses, the jury returned a verdict of non-infringement and the […]