No Patents on Card Games Unless you Also Invent a New Deck

Good news for casinos and card clubs from the patent world: you can’t get a patent on a new card game unless you invent a new deck or implement it in a computer. The US Patent & Trademark Office took just that position after the Supreme Court’s Alice decision in mid-2014. For our casino clients […]

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Successful Startups have Patents and Trademarks

According to a new paper published by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology):

“the likelihood of growth [of a startup] is five times higher for firms with trademarks and 35 times higher for firms that apply for patents”
“firms with short names are 2.5 times more likely to grow”
“High-growth startups contribute disproportionately to net job creation and to […]

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SoCal IP Institute :: May 18, 2015 :: Guest Speaker Sheldon Liber

We will be having a guest speaker at our next weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, May 28, 2015:
Guest Speaker:        Sheldon D. Liber, CEO & Chief investment Officer

Chasing Value Asset Management, Inc.

General Partner of the Chasing Value Fund I, LP

This presentation will discuss the alternative investment strategy of the Chasing Value Fund 1, LP, […]

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SoCal IP Institute :: May 11, 2015 :: INTA 2015 San Diego Re-Cap

INTA hosted its 137th Annual Meeting May 2-May 6, 2015 in San Diego.   The entire SoCal IP team was in attendance and hosted a wildly successful reception for over 150 of its foreign associates. Our meeting on Monday, May 11, 2015 will review the firm’s week in San Diego.

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SoCal IP Institute :: November 10, 2014 :: Standing in Patent Infringement cases and Acquired Distinctiveness for Descriptive Trademarks

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, November 10, 2014 will be a discussion of two older cases. The first is a patent case regarding standing and the second is a TTAB case on registering descriptive trademarks.

Autodesk, Inc. v. Lee, (E.D. Va. Oct. 30, 2014) (available here).  Here, Autodesk appealed the Trademark Office’s decision denying registration of […]

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SoCal IP Institute :: August 11, 2014 :: Trade Dress in the Central District; Fed Cir. Reverses Contempt Sanctions

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, August 11, 2014 will be a discussion of a recent trade dress case in the Central District and a recent Fed. Cir. Opinion reversing contempt sanctions. Brief synopses of the cases appear below.

Brian Lichtenberg, LLC v. Alex & Chloe, Inc. Case No.: CV 13-06837 DDP (C.D. Cal. 7/25/14) (available here), involves a case […]

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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 […]

By |July 19th, 2014|Infringement, Trademark, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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 :: March 24, 2014 :: 9th Circuit Reverses Denial of Preliminary Injunction in a Copyright Case; A jury in the Northern District of California has Criminalized the Theft of Trade Secrets

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, March 24, 2014 will be a discussion of a recent 9th circuit decision and a criminal trade secret jury trial.  Brief synopses appear below.

Garcia v. Google et. al., Case No. 12-57301 (9th Cir. Feb. 26, 2014) (available here.).  Here, the panel reversed the district court’s denial of a preliminary injunction.  […]