SoCal IP Institute :: November 13, 2017 :: Comic Con and the 1st Amendment; Likelihood of Confusion

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, November 13, 2017, we will discuss the following cases:

Dan Farr Productions v. United States District Court, (9th Cir. October 10, 2017) (available here). In a trademark dispute over who may actually use the term “Comic Con”, the Southern District of California gave a “Suppression Order” […]

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SoCal IP Institute :: November 6, 2017 :: Disputes Over College and Battery Trademarks

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, November 6, 2017, we will discuss the following cases:

Savannah College of Art and Design, Inc. v. Sportswear, Inc. , (S.D. Ohio October 3, 2017) (available here). Defendant owned a website where it sold sports apparel affixed with the plaintiff’s trademark for “SCAD” and “SAVANNAH COLLEGE […]

By |November 1st, 2017|Copyright Ownership, Infringement, Litigation|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: October 23, 2017 :: Please join us for a presentation by guest speaker Ian Tollett ;

Please join us for our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, October 23, 2017.

SoCal IP welcomes Ian Tollett of Williams Powell, an intellectual property firm in the United Kingdom. Mr. Tollett is a British and European Patent Attorney with an interest in the patenting of chemical polymers, agrochemicals and medical devices […]

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SoCal IP Institute :: October 16, 2017 :: CAFC Makes it Easier to Amend Claims During IPR ; Right of Publicity and Copyright Law

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, October 16, 2017, we will discuss the following cases:

Aqua Products, Inc. v. Matal, (CAFC October 4, 2017) (available here). In a very fractured decision, the CAFC found 35 U.S.C § 316(e) requires the petitioner to prove all propositions of unpatentability, (including amended claims). Aqua sued […]

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SoCal IP Institute :: October 2, 2017 :: Parodying Dr. Seuss ; Trade Secrets With Independent Contractors

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, October 2, 2017, we will discuss the following cases:

Lombardo v. Dr. Seuss, (S.D.N.Y. September 15, 2017) (available here). Lombardo created a comedic play entitled “Who’s Holiday” based off of the Dr. Seuss book “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”. Lombardo sued for declaratory judgment which the court granted. The court […]

By |September 28th, 2017|Copyright Ownership, Litigation|0 Comments

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 […]

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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