SoCal IP Institute :: May 8, 2017 :: Means-Plus-Function Standard and No Summary Judgment for Trade Dress Infringement

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, May 8, 2017, we will discuss the following cases:
Williamson v. Citrix Online, LLC (Fed. Cir., June 16, 2015) (available here).  In the original panel opinion for this case, the majority held that use of the word “module” does not invoke means-plus-function language in patent claims, such that the relevant […]

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 :: October 6, 2014 :: Inequitable Conduct and Acquired Distinctiveness in the TTAB

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, October 6, 2014 will be a discussion of a recent inequitable conduct case and a TTAB decision on acquired distinctiveness of trade dress. Brief synopses of the cases appear below.

American CalCar, Inc. v. Honda, No. 2013-1061 (Fed. Cir. Sept. 26, 2014) (available here).  Calcar appealed from a […]