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 :: April 14, 2014 :: eBook held not to be a new derivative work under Copyright Law; Fed Cir. upholds Rejection of Stone Lion Capitol Trademark.

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, April 14, 2014 will be a discussion of a recent copyright and trademark case:  Brief synopses appear below.

Peter Mayer Publishers, Inc. v. Shilovskaya, Case No. 12 Civ. 8867 (PGG)  (S.D.N. Y 3/31/14, ) (available here).  The issue was whether an eBook version of a commissioned English translation of a Russian novel The […]

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SoCal IP Institute :: January 20, 2014 :: Inhale Inc. v. Starbuzz Tobacco (9th Cir. 2014) & In re Kent Pederson (TTAB Dec. 30, 2013)

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, January 20, 2014 will be a discussion of the following cases:

In INHALE, INC. V. STARBUZZ TOBACCO, INC. (9th Cir. 2014), the 9th Circuit held that a copyright for a  hookah water container could not be enforced because it was a useful article and it did not incorporate sculptural features that could […]

By |January 15th, 2014|Attorney's Fees, Copyright, Ownership, Trademark, TTAB|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: October 14, 2013 :: Species Election and Confusing First Impressions

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, October 14, 2013 will be a discussion led by Guy Cumberbatch of our Santa Barbara Office regarding the effects of species restrictions on patent claim scope, a series of TTAB decisions testing whether you can spot likelihood of confusion, and an examiner’s response to a patent claiming […]

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SoCal IP Institute :: Sept. 9, 2013 :: “Trademark Bully” Facebook Prevails & Craigslist gets no Peace with the TTAB

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, September 9, 2013 will be a discussion of two recent TTAB decisions.

In Facebook Inc. v. Think Computer Corporation (TTAB July 23, 2013)  (available here), FACEBOOK prevailed in opposing Applicant’s mark FACEMAIL, a provider of emails and instant messaging services on the grounds of confusion and dilution.   Applicant called […]

By |August 26th, 2013|Concurrent Use, Patent, Trademark, TTAB, Written Description|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: August 26, 2013 :: Common Law Rights of Publicity and Machine Readable Storage Medium

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, August 26, 2013 will be a discussion of a recent Central District of California decision regarding common law rights of publicity and a precedential case involving the patentability of “machine readable storage medium.” Brief synopses of the cases appear below.

Hebrew University of Jerusalem v. General Motors, Case […]

SoCal IP Institute :: August 19, 2013 ::

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, August 19, 2013 will be a discussion of a recent 9th Circuit decision regarding player likenesses in games and a non-precedential case at the TTAB involving the Morehouse defense. Brief synopses of the cases appear below.

Seltzer v. Green Day, Inc., Case No. 11-56573 (9th Cir. August 7, […]

SoCal IP Institute :: August 12, 2013 :: Use of Player Likeness in Games and the Morehouse Defense

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, August 12, 2013 will be a discussion of a recent 9th Circuit decision regarding player likenesses in games and a non-precedential case at the TTAB involving the Morehouse defense. Brief synopses of the cases appear below.

Keller v. EA, Inc., Case No. 10-15387 (9th Cir. July 31, 2013) (available […]

By |August 7th, 2013|Likelihood of Confusion, Patent, Trademark, TTAB|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: August 5, 2013 :: Use of Player Likeness in Games and the Morehouse Defense

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, August 5, 2013 will be a discussion of a recent 9th Circuit decision regarding player likenesses in games and a non-precedential case at the TTAB involving the Morehouse defense. Brief synopses of the cases appear below.

Brown v. EA, Inc., Case No. 09-56675 (9th Cir. July 31, 2013) […]

By |August 4th, 2013|Likelihood of Confusion, Patent, Trademark, TTAB|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: April 8, 2013 :: Trademark Concurrent Use and Design Patents

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, April 8, 2013 will be a discussion of one Federal Circuit case regarding design patents and a TTAB concurrent use proceeding decision. Brief synopses of the cases appear below.

In re Owens, Case No. 2010-1426 (Fed. Cir. March 26, 2013) (available here).

The Federal Circuit affirmed the BPAI’s rejection […]

By |April 4th, 2013|Concurrent Use, Patent, Trademark, TTAB, Written Description|0 Comments