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 :: July 24, 2017 :: Law Firm Trademarks ; Expert Testimony and Claim Scope

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, July 24, 2017, we will discuss the following cases:
Merchant & Gould P.C. v. MG-IP Law, P.C. (TTAB decision April 19, 2017) (available here). An IP law firm filed for a trademark to the name MG-IP.  Another IP law firm, Merchant and Gould, petitioned for cancellation of the […]

SoCal IP Institute :: Dec. 12, 2016 :: APPLE, INC. v. AMERANTH, INC.,

At our next SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, December 12, 2016, we will discuss the following:
Apple Inc. v. Ameranth. (Fed. Cir. November 29, 2016) (available here). In this appeal, the Court reviewed the Patent Trial and Appeal Board decisions in three Covered Business Method (“CBM”) reviews.  Ameranth argued for a substantial evidence standard of review, […]

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SoCal IP Institute :: April 18, 2016 :: Mark Fails to Prove Acquired Distinctiveness at TTAB; Google Adwords Don’t Infringe

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, April 18, 2016, we will discuss the following cases:
Ayoub, Inc. and Ayoub Supply, LLC v. ACS Ayoub Carpet Service (TTAB March 31, 2016) (citable decision) (available here).  In an opposition proceeding, applicant could not demonstrate that “Ayoub” had acquired distinctiveness due to lack of substantially exclusive use, namely […]

SoCal IP Institute :: April 11, 2016 :: Functionality of trade dress and Patent claim construction

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, April 11, 2016, we will discuss the following cases:
Millenium Laboratories, Inc. v. Ameritox (9th Cir. April 4, 2016) (available here).  Millenium sued its competitor Ameritox for trade dress infringement, alleging that Ameritox’s visual layout of its urine-test result data infringed Millenium’s trade dress. At the district court, […]

By |April 6th, 2016|Claim Construction, Functionality, Patent, Trade Dress, Trademark|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: March 7, 2016 :: Contempt in Copyright Disputes and Infringement of Video Game Pointing Devices

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, March 7, 2016, we will discuss the following cases:
CBS Broadcasting, Inc. et al. v. FilmOn.com, Inc., Docket No. 14-3123-cv (2d. Cir. Feb. 16, 2016) (available here).  FilmOn provides an online streaming service that rebroadcasts, via the internet, broadcast television.  FilmOn offered content from a number of […]

SoCal IP Institute :: February 9, 2015 :: The Broadest “Reasonable” Interpretation & Likelihood of Confusion at the TTAB

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, February 9, 2015 will be a discussion of:

In re Imes, Case No. 2014-1206 (Fed. Cir.  January 29, 2015 ) (available here).  Here, Mr. Imes appeals a rejection of his U.S. patent application number 09/874,423 directed to a device for communicating a digital camera image and video information […]

By |February 6th, 2015|Claim Construction, Likelihood of Confusion, Patent, Trademark, TTAB|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: January 19, 2015 :: Nintendo Lost that “Stereoscopic Feeling” and Federal Subject Matter Jurisdiction after Gunn

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, January 19, 2015 will be a discussion of:

Tomita Techs. USA, LLC et al. v. Nintendo Co., Ltd. et al., Case No. 2014-1244 (Fed. Cir.  December 8, 2014 ) (available here).  Tomita sued Nintendo for infringement of U.S. Patent No. 7,417,664 based upon its sales of its 3DS handheld […]

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SoCal IP Institute :: August 4, 2014 :: Patent infringement and Trademark oppositions

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, August 4, 2014 will be a discussion of a patent infringement case and a trademark opposition. Brief synopses of the cases appear below.

Amdocs (Israel) Limited v. Openet Telecom, Inc., No. 2013-1212 (Fed. Cir. August 1, 2014) (available here). Amdocs sued Openet for infringing four of its patents. […]

SoCal IP Institute :: May 19, 2014 :: Updates from INTA’s Annual Meeting

Please join us for our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, May 19, 2014. Mark Goldstein will discuss his trip to Hong Kong for the International Trademark Association’s 136th Annual Meeting held earlier this week.

All are invited to join us in our discussion during the SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, May 19, 2014 […]

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