SoCal IP Institute MCLE February 12, 2018 More Guidance on Ineligible Subject Matter ; When is a DMCA Policy Not Enough for Safe Harbor Protection?

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, February 12, 2018, we will discuss the following cases:

Finjan, Inc. v. Blue Coat Systems, Inc., (CAFC January 11, 2018) (available here). Finjan sued Blue Coat for infringement of four patents related to providing computer security by attaching a security profile to a downloadable. The […]

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February 5, 2018 Some Guidance on Ineligible Subject Matter ; Obviousness-Type Double Patenting

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, February 5, 2018, we will discuss the following cases:

Core Wireless v. LG Electronics, (CAFC January 25, 2018) (available here). Core Wireless sued LG Electronics for patent infringement on a patent related to an improved display interface. At trial, LG motioned for summary judgment arguing […]

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January 29, 2018 Capacitor Patents ; Disclaiming Challenged Claims Before an IPR

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, January 29, 2018, we will discuss the following cases:

Presidio v. American Technical Ceramics Corp, (CAFC November 21, 2018) (available here). Presidio sued ATC for patent infringement on a patent for a multilayer capacitor design. While the district court case was pending, ATC requested an […]

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January 22, 2018 IPR timing errors are now subject to judicial review; dental trademark fights

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, January 22, 2018, we will discuss the following cases:

WI-FI One LLC v. Broadcom Corporation, (CAFC. January 8, 2018) (available here). Under the AIA, if a litigant is served with a lawsuit for patent infringement, they have one year to request an IPR proceeding from the […]

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UPDATE: SoCal IP Institute for October 3, 2016 Moved to October 17, 2016

We have moved the SoCal IP Institute scheduled for October 3 to October 17.  There will be no SoCal IP Institute on October 3.  Keep your eyes out for our October 10 announcement when we will have a guest speaker.

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SoCal IP Institute :: September 19, 2016 :: “Domino” Copyright Infringement Action and Trademark Infringement of Trader Joe’s

Loomis v. Cornish (9th Cir. September 2, 2016) (available here) In a copyright infringement action, the district court granted summary judgment to Defendant Cornish.  The 9th Circuit affirmed where Plaintiff Loomis failed to put forth admissible evidence establishing copyright infringement against R&B star Jessie J for allegedly stealing a vocal melody from plaintiff’s song ‘Bright Red […]

By |September 16th, 2016|Competency Issues, Uncategorized|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: September 12, 2016 :: Proposed Update of the Antitrust Guidelines for Licensing Intellectual Property (IP Licensing Guidelines)

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, September 12, 2016, we will discuss the Proposed Update of the Antitrust Guidelines for Licensing Intellectual Property (IP Licensing Guidelines), available here.  A redlined version highlighting the changes is available here.

The update reflects:

“For the purpose of antitrust analysis, the Agencies apply the same analysis to conduct […]

By |September 9th, 2016|Competency Issues, Uncategorized|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: August 29,2016 :: Forget Your Troubles, C’mon Get Happy! 

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, August 29, 2016, we will watch and discuss a video from the California Bar featuring Stanford Law professor Deborah Rhode.  Professor Rhode will present regarding happiness in the legal profession and it’s relationship to legal competency. Then we will discuss the presentation and its relevance to […]

By |August 26th, 2016|Competency Issues, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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 […]

By |March 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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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