SoCal IP Institute :: June 12, 2017 :: Changes to Patent Venue and Google Is Still Not a Generic Term

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, June 12, 2017, we will discuss the following cases:
TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC  (Supreme Court, March 27, 2017) (available here).  Kraft Foods sued TC Heartland for patent infringement in Delaware. The district court denied TC’s motion to dismiss or transfer venue. TC petitioned […]

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 :: March 28, 2016 :: Forum non conveniens in intellectual property dispute and standing to sue for infringement of Disney’s Haunted Mansion flickering candle patent

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, March 28, 2016, we will discuss the following cases:
Halo Creative & Design Ltd. v. Comptoir Des Indes, Inc. (Fed. Cir. March 14, 2016) (available here).  // // A Hong Kong furniture manufacturer asserted Canadian defendants infringed their intellectual property and violated Illinois consumer fraud and deceptive […]

SoCal IP Institute :: July 21, 2014 :: Guest Speakers Ari Katz and Yoav Keren to Discuss Online Brand Protection

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, July 21, 2014 will be a discussion by Ari Katz and Yoav Keren of BrandShield Ltd.  BrandShield was established to develop technology and solutions to help businesses protect their brand online from infringement.  The Company is backed by Israel’s Chief Scientist and with an R&D center based in […]

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SoCal IP Institute :: July 7, 2014 :: Copyright infringement and trade secrets

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, July 7, 2014 will be a discussion of a Supreme Court case on copyright infringement and a California Appellate opinion on trade secrets. Brief synopses appear below.

ABC v. Aereo (U.S. June 25, 2014) (available here).  The Supreme Court held that Aereo’s service, which provided subscribers the ability […]

SoCal IP Institute :: June 2, 2014 :: TTAB Says ‘Chanel’ For Real Estate Services Dilutes the Fashion Brand; Altavion, Inc. wins trade secret case against Konica Minolta Systems Laboratory regarding its digital stamping technology

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, June 2, 2014 will be a discussion of a recent TTAB precedential case and state trade secret opinion. Brief synopses appear below.

Chanel, Inc. v. Jerzy Makarczyk (TTAB May 27, 2014) (available here.).  Here, Karczyk (“applicant”), filed an application pursuant to Section 1(a) of the Trademark Act to register […]

SoCal IP Institute :: May 12, 2014 :: Preliminary Injunctive Relief and Trade Secrets

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, May 12, 2014 will be a discussion of a recent S.D. Cal preliminary injunction decision and N.D. Cal trade secret case.  Brief synopses appear below.

In Smith v. San Diego  Americas for Safe Access (SDA), Case No. 3:130cv-01463 (S.D. Cal 4/30/14), available here:

The Court granted SDA’s motion for a […]

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SoCal IP Institute :: Dec. 30, 2013 :: The test for irreparable harm resolved in Herb Reed Case; NBA continues its aggressive litigation stance towards counterfeiters

In Herb Reed Enters., LLC v. Fla. Entm’t Mgmt., __ F.3d __. No. 12-16868, 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 23938, *24 (9th Cir. Dec. 2, 2013), see the case here, the Ninth Circuit  reversed the district court’s grant of a preliminary injunction against defendants’ use of the mark “The Platters” in connection with a vocal group, the panel held that […]

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SoCal IP Institute :: October 7, 2013 :: Trademark Infringement and Copyrights in Space

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, October 7, 2013 will be a discussion of trademark infringement and copyrights in space. Brief synopses appear below.

Trader Joe’s v. Hallatt, Case No. 13-768 (D.Ct. Wash. 10/2/2013) (available here). Plaintiff Trader Joe’s sued Defendant Hallant alleging trademark infirngement, unfair competition and other causes of action. Defendant Hallant owns and […]

By |October 4th, 2013|Copyright, Infringement, Infringement, Ownership, Trademark|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: September 30, 2013 :: Recent Trade Dress Case Law

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, September 30, 2013 will be a discussion of two recent Trade Dress cases.  The first case is from the Sixth Circuit:

Groeneveld Transport Efficiency, Inc. v. Lubecore International, Case Nos. 12-3545/3576 (6th Cir. Sept. 12, 2013) (available here).   The key issue in this case is whether a company can use […]

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