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 :: April 25, 2016 :: False Expert Testimony in Patent Infringement Suit and No Bad Faith in Domain Name Dispute

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, April 25, 2016, we will discuss the following cases:
Rembrandt Vision Technologies, L.P. v. Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., (Fed Cir. April 7, 2016) (available here).  In an infringement action involving a patent related to contact lenses, the jury returned a verdict of non-infringement and the […]

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 :: March 23, 2015 :: MobileMedia v. Apple in the Fed. Cir.; S.D. Cal Refutes Forum Shopping Contention

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, March 23, 2015 will be a discussion of:

Mobile Media Ideas LLC v. Apple Inc. Case No. No. 1:10-cv-00258-SLR-MPT, (Fed. Cir. March 17, 2015)  (available here).   There were several patents at issue, primarily concerning cell phone technology.  Among other holdings, the Court upheld the jury’s nonobvious finding regarding the ‘078 […]

SoCal IP Institute :: March 9, 2015 :: Disqualification and Distinctiveness of Designs for Service Marks

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

Acacia Patent Acquisition, LLC v. Superior Court of Orange County, Case No. G050226 (Cal. App. 4th 2/27/15 (available here).  Acacia sought the disqualification of the law firm of AlvaradoSmith, which: (1) previously represented another law firm in an attorney fee dispute; and (2) in […]

SoCal IP Institute :: October 4, 2010

Please join us for the SoCal IP Institute meeting, Monday, October 4 at Noon. This activity is approved for 1 hour of MCLE credit. If you will be joining us, please RSVP to  Amanda Jones by 9 am Monday.

We will be discussing the following cases:

Fujitsu Ltd. v. Netgear Inc., (Fed. Cir. Sept. 20, 2010) (case […]