SoCal IP Institute MCLE July 2; Removing Copyright Information ; Foreign Patent Royalties

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, July 2, 2018, we will discuss:

WesternGeco LLC v. ION Geophysical Corp. (US June 22, 2018) (available here).  35 U. S. C. §271(f)(2) imposes liability on those who ship components of a patented invention overseas to be assembled there. The specific issue in this case is whether one suing […]

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SoCal IP Institute MCLE June 25; Color as a trademark; Incomplete manufacturing before infringement

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, June 25, 2018, we will discuss:

Moldex-Metric, Inc. v. McKeon Products, Inc.. (9th Cir June 5, 2018) (available here). Moldex-Metric, Inc. manufactures earplugs made from a bright green color. McKeon Products manufactured its own version of green earplugs, and Moldex sued them for trademark infringment. The district court granted Defendant’s […]

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SoCal IP Institute MCLE June 18; Berkheimer v. HP; Pro Se Patent Cases

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, June 18, 2018, we will discuss:

Berkheimer v. HP, Inc. (CAFC Feb 18, 2018) (available here). Berkheimer owned Patent No. 7,447,713 for digitally processing and archiving files in a digital asset management system. The district court held all challenged claims invalid under 101 (abstract idea). The CAFC affirmed in part and […]

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SoCal IP Institute MCLE June 11; Jay Z Copyright Cases ; Privacy and BitTorrent Copyright Infringement.

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, June 11, 2018, we will discuss:

Fahmy, v. Jay Z ., (9th Cir. May 31, 2018) (available here). In 1957, Plaintiff Fahmy composed a song called “Khosara” which was used by Jay Z in the song “Big Pimpin” almost 50 years later. Ownership of the copyright to […]

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SoCal IP Institute MCLE June 4; Skechers and Adidas Fight Over Shoe Design ; Joint Inventors Lose Out on Patent

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, June 4, 2018, we will discuss:

Adidas America, Inc. v. Skechers USA, Inc., (9th Cir. May 10, 2018) (available here). Adidas America obtained an injunction against Sketchers from selling shoes allegedly infringing and diluting Adidas’s Stan Smith trade dress and Three-Stripe trademark. On Appeal the 9th circuit […]

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SoCal IP Institute MCLE May 14; Dr. Dre Trademark Disputes ; PTO posts NPRM for IPR proceedings

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, May 14, 2018, we will discuss:

Andre Young v. Draion M. Burch DO, (TTAB May 3, 2017) (available here). Applicant registered the mark DR. DRAI for entertainment services. Andre Young (Aka Dr. Dre) filed an opposition against both marks alleging (1) likelihood of confusion (2) […]

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SoCal IP Institute MCLE May 7; Circuit Split with Copyright Law; When is a Copyright Considered Registered to get into Federal Court?

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, May 7, 2018, we will discuss:

Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v. Wall-Street.com, (11th Cir.May 18, 2017) (available here). Plaintiff sued defendant for copyright infringement. Plaintiff’s complaint asserted that it had filed an application to register its copyrights, but the Copyright Office had […]

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SoCal IP Institute MCLE April 30; Supreme Court Weighs in on inter partes review

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, April 30, 2018, we will discuss:

Oil States Energy Services v. Greene’s Energy Group, (US April 24, 2018) (available here). Plaintiff sued defendant for patent infringement. Defendant invalidated the asserted patent by instituting and winning an IPR. Plaintiff argued that inter partes review violates […]

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SoCal IP Institute MCLE April 23; Lindsay Lohan Loses Right of Publicity Claim ; Preamble Saves Pharmaceutical Patent

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, April 23, 2018, we will discuss:

Lohan v. Take-Two Interactive Software, (N.Y. March 29, 2018) (available here). Lindsey Lohan sued Take Two Interactive Software arguing they violated her right of publicity. In a video game: Grand Theft Auto San Andreas, a scene appears in which […]

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SoCal IP Institute MCLE April 16, Overlapping Ranges ; When to Consider but Not Follow Prior Claim Construction

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, April 16, 2018, we will discuss:

In re Brandt, (CAFC March 27, 2018) (available here). Brandt applied for a patent relating to boards for roof making. The assigned patent examiner and PTAB both found the invention obvious in light of prior art disclosing a range […]

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