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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SoCal IP Institute MCLE April 9, Pharrell Williams Infringes Marvin Gaye’s Copyright

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, April 9, 2018, we will discuss the following case:

Pharrell Williams v. Frankie Gaye., (9th Cir. March 21, 2018) (available here). A jury trial found Pharrell Williams’ Blurred Lines, infringed the copyright of Marvin Gaye’s Got To Give It Up. The 9th circuit affirmed. Judge […]

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SoCal IP Institute MCLE April 2, Android’s Use of Oracle APIs Not Fair Use As a Matter of Law

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, April 2, 2018, we will discuss the following case:

Oracle America, Inc. v. Google, Inc., (CAFC March 27, 2018) (available here). Oracle sued Google for copyright infringement. Oracle argued that Google’s use of 37 packages of Oracle’s Java application programming interface (“API packages”) for Google’s […]

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SoCal IP Institute MCLE March 26, 2018 Priority Claims for PCT Patent Applications ; DMCA Safe Harbor for Small Independent Websites

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, March 26, 2018, we will discuss the following cases:

Hologic, Inc. v. Smith & Nephew, Inc. , (CAFC March 14, 2018) (available here). During an IPR proceeding, the examiner rejected several claims of the ‘359 patent as obvious. The patent holder argued the claims were […]

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SoCal IP Institute MCLE March 19, 2018 Who Gets the Pending Billable Hours of a Dissolved Law Firm? ; New York Right of Publicity

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, March 19, 2018, we will discuss the following cases:

Heller Ehrman LLP v. Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, (Cal., March 5, 2018) (available here). A law firm dissolved in 2008 while some matters were still pending. During bankruptcy proceedings, creditors argued they were entitled to […]

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SoCal IP Institute MCLE March 12, 2018 Please Join us for a presentation by guest speaker Barbara Daoust

Please join us for a special CLE event, Thinking Into Results: Recognizing and Transforming Self-Sabotaging Behaviors That Impact the Profession of Law.

This presentation complies with the California Bar Association’s mandate to complete ongoing legal education, by addressing behaviors that impair an attorney’s ability to perform legal services with competence. In particular, self-sabotage harms attorneys, […]

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SoCal IP Institute MCLE March 5, 2018 Premature Claim Constructions ; Narrow Claim Constructions

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

Nalco v. Chem-Mod, (CAFC, February 27, 2018) (available here). Nalco sued Chem-Mod for patent infringement of the ‘692 patent, a method for treating mercury in coal mining plants. The district court created its own claim […]

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SoCal IP Institute MCLE February 26, 2018 Taylor Swift Copyright Infringement ; CAFC Refuses an Antitrust Patent Case

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, February 26, 2018, we will discuss the following cases:

Hall v. Swift, (C.D Cal February 13, 2018) (available here). Plaintiffs Hall and Butler were co-authors of the song Playas Gon’ Play. Taylor Swift wrote a song titled Shake it off. Plaintiff sued Defendant for copyright […]

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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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