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 :: June 26, 2017 ::Disparagement Clause of Lanham Act Facially Unconstitutional; What Does “Substantial Portion” of Components to a Patented Invention Mean?

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, June 26, 2017, we will discuss the following cases:
Matal v. Tam (Supreme Court, June 19, 2017) (available here). A rock group known as “The Slants” chose their band name in order to reclaim the term from its racist origins. The Trademark Office denied the band’s registration of […]

By |June 24th, 2017|Agreement Interpretation, Noninfringement, Patent, Trademark, TTAB|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: Happy President’s Day!

In honor of President’s Day, we will not have our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting next week. The Institute will resume on Monday, February 27, 2017. Happy President’s Day!

By |February 16th, 2017|Trademark, TTAB|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: February 13, 2017 :: a Few TTAB Decisions

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, February 13, 2017, we will discuss the following:
In re Big Heart Wine LLC, Serial No. 86376188 (TTAB January 20, 2017) (available here).  Here, the TTAB is considering an appeal of a refusal to register the mark 100 PERCENT WINE for goods including “wine” which was refused […]

By |February 10th, 2017|Trademark, TTAB|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: February 6, 2017 :: CA finds attorney bills can be privileged and a trademark registration for white gunpowder

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, February 6, 2017, we will discuss the following:
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County (Cal., December 29, 2016) (available here).  Reversing a lower court opinion, the California Supreme Court found that attorney billing invoices for work in pending and active […]

By |January 31st, 2017|Acquired Distintiveness, Trademark, TTAB|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: Nov. 28, 2016 :: Notification in Inter Partes Review and Use of Trademark in Sale of Two Hats

There will be no SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, November 21, 2016. At our next SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, we will discuss the following:
In re Nuvasive, Inc. (Fed. Cir. November 9, 2016) (available here).  Medtronic filed petitions for inter partes review of Nuvasive’s patents related to spinal fusion implants […]

By |November 17th, 2016|Inter Partes Review, Patent, Trademark, TTAB, Use in Commerce|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: Nov. 14, 2016 :: CSA’s Applicability to Trademark Applications and IPR Partial Institution

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, we will discuss the following:
In re JJ206, LLC dab JuJu Joints (T.T.A.B. October 27, 2016) (available here).  JuJu sought to register the marks Powered by JuJu and JuJu Joints for goods in class 34 explicitly indicating that the mark would be used in connection with […]

By |November 11th, 2016|Inter Partes Review, Patent, Trademark, TTAB, Use in Commerce|0 Comments

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 4, 2016 :: ITC Jurisdiction over “Digital Goods” and Lanham Act Standing without Use

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, April 4, 2016, we will discuss the following cases:
Clearcorrect Operating LLC et al. v. ITC (Fed. Cir. March 31, 2016) (available here) (en banc petition denied).  // // On petition for rehearing en banc, the Federal Circuit denied rehearing of the prior opinion in which a […]

By |March 31st, 2016|Patent, Standing, Trademark, TTAB|0 Comments