January 15, 2018 What does it take to find a patent case exceptional ; copyright standards for error

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, January 15, 2018, we will discuss the following cases:

Capital Security Systems, Inc. v. NCR Corp , (N.D. Ga. January 5, 2018) (available here). Capital Security sued NCR for patent infringement on four different patents. NCR successfully defended itself against all four asserting theories of invalidity […]

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. […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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SoCal IP Institute :: July 13, 2015 :: Standard for exceptional case and ownership of a registered trademark as between a foreign manufacturer and a U.S. seller

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, July 13, 2015 will be a discussion of the following cases:
UVeritech, Inc. v. Amax Lighting, Inc., TTAB Cancellation No. 92057088, June 29, 2015 (available here).  In this TTAB cancellation proceeding, the U.S. seller petitioned to cancel the foreign manufacturer’s trademark. The TTAB ruled in favor of the U.S. seller and canceled […]

SoCal IP Institute :: April 20, 2015 :: District Courts Must Articulate Basis for not Awarding Attorneys’ Fees in an Exceptional Case & The Scope of Res Judicata

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, April 20, 2015 will be a discussion of the following cases:
Oplus Tech, Ltd. v. Vizio, Inc. et al. (Fed. Cir. April 10, 2015) (available here, district court opinion available here). This is an appeal to the Federal Circuit from the Central District of California in which the district […]

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SoCal IP Institute :: April 13, 2015 :: A Citeable TTAB Decision (ProMark v. GFA) and Timely Atty Fees Motion in Slep-Tone

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, April 13, 2015 will be a discussion of the following cases:
ProMark Brands Inc. v. GFA Brands Inc. (TTAB  March 27, 2015) (available here). Here, ProMark (later assigned to H.J. Heinz Company) opposed GFA’s trademark application for the plain word mark SMART BALANCE for: frozen appetizers containing poultry, meat, seafood or vegetables […]

SoCal IP Institute :: April 6, 2015 :: Attorney Fees and Motions to Stay based on CBM Petitions

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, April 6, 2015 will be a discussion of two patent cases.
Intellectual Ventures II v. JP Morgan, et. al., No. 2014-1724 (Fed. Cir.  April 1, 2015) (available here). Intellectual Ventures sued JP Morgan on five patents alleging patent infringement. JP Morgan moved to stay the lawsuit on the grounds that […]

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SoCal IP Institute :: Feb. 2, 2015 :: Hana Bank & Pre-Suit Inducement

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, Feb. 2 2015 will be a discussion of:

Hana Financial, Inc. v. Hana Bank et al., Case No. 12-1211 (Sup. Ct. 1/22/15), available here:  Approximately one year ago, we discussed this case when it was at the 9th Circuit.  HFI sued HB and others for trademark infringement; The trial court granted […]

By |January 29th, 2015|Attorney's Fees, Induced Infringement, Patent, Trademark|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, […]