SoCal IP Institute :: November 27, 2017 :: TC Heartland in Action; Does Yelp Have to Divulge Who Posts?

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, November 27, 2017, we will discuss the following cases:

In re Micron Technology, Inc., (CAFC November 15, 2017) (available here). Micron was sued for patent infringement and filed a motion to transfer for improper venue. The district court denied the motion, Micron petitioned for a […]

By |November 22nd, 2017|Infringement|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: November 20, 2017 :: Ensnarement with Medical Devices; Software and the Communications Decency Act

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, November 20, 2017, we will discuss the following cases:

David Jang v. Boston Sci Corp., (C.D.Cal September 29, 2017) (available here). David Jang patented an intravascular stent and sued Boston Science Corporation for infringement. After almost 10 years of litigation, the district court denied Dr. Jang’s […]

By |November 16th, 2017|Infringement|0 Comments

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” […]

By |November 9th, 2017|Copyright Ownership, Infringement, Litigation|0 Comments

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 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 […]

By |October 11th, 2017|Copyright Ownership, Infringement, 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 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 :: July 31, 2017 :: Clothing Trademarks ; Functional Designs

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, July 31, 2017, we will discuss the following cases:
In re Critelli, (TTAB. July 24, 2017) (available here). The USPTO refused to register the mark LAVA for outdoor survival clothing. LAVA ACCESSORIES had already been registered for “scarfs; travel clothing contained in a package comprising reversible jackets, pants, skirts, tops […]

By |July 26th, 2017|Invalidity, Likelihood of Confusion, Trademark, TTAB|0 Comments

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 :: July 17, 2017 :: Adequate Written Description; Trademark Law Still Does Not Cover Copyright Claims

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, July 17, 2017, we will discuss the following cases:
The Board of Trustees of The Leland Stanford Junior University v. The Chinese University of Hong Kong. (Fed. Cir.  June 27, 2017) (available here). The PTAB found Stanford’s claims regarding testing methods for fetal aneuploidies (chromosomal disease) unpatentable for lack of […]

By |July 13th, 2017|Copyright, Patent, Trademark|0 Comments