SoCal IP Institute :: March 20, 2017 :: Recent patent cases

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, March 20, 2017, we will discuss the following:
Nidec Motor Corporation v. Zhongshan Broad Ocean Motor Co. Ltd., et. al (Fed. Cir. Mar. 14, 2017) (available here).  Nidec appealed the PTAB’s decision finding one of its claims anticipated in an IPR proceeding. The Federal Circuit reversed the PTAB’s ruling finding […]

By |March 19th, 2017|Acquired Distintiveness, Patent, Trademark|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: March 13, 2017 :: A “Non-Commercial” Creative Commons License; Coney Island Specimen Refused in Citeable TTAB Decision

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, March 13, 2017, we will discuss the following:
Great Minds v. FedEx (E.D.N.Y Feb. 24, 2017) (available here).  This case discusses a”Non-Commercial” Creative Commons License.  In sum, FedEx was copying materials made by Plaintiff Great Minds, a math curriculum called “Eureka Math.”  The court granted FedEx’s motion to dismiss […]

By |March 8th, 2017|Acquired Distintiveness, Patent, Trademark|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: March 6, 2017 :: Preliminary Injunction for Riding Lawnmower Patent Affirmed and No Trademark Registration for DEEP! DEEP! DISH PIZZA

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, March 6, 2017, we will discuss the following:
Metalcraft of Mayville, Inc. v. The Toro Company (Fed. Cir. February 16, 2016) (available here).  A manufacturer of commercial riding lawnmowers brought a suit for infringement of a patent disclosing a suspended operator platform for a ride-on lawnmower.  The district court granted […]

By |March 4th, 2017|Acquired Distintiveness, Patent, Trademark|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: February 27, 2017 :: Patent infringement under 271(f) and Copyright infringement

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, February 27, 2017, we will discuss the following:
Life Technologies Corp et. al. v. Promega Corp., No. 14-1538 (S.Ct. February 22, 2017) (available here).  Life Technologies sublicensed Promega’s patent that related to a toolkit for genetic testing. Life Technologies then shipped one of the five components of the […]

By |February 23rd, 2017|Copyright, Infringement, Patent|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: Happy President’s Day!

In honor of President’s Day, we will not have our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting next week. The Institute will resume on Monday, February 27, 2017. Happy President’s Day!

By |February 16th, 2017|Trademark, TTAB|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: February 13, 2017 :: a Few TTAB Decisions

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, February 13, 2017, we will discuss the following:
In re Big Heart Wine LLC, Serial No. 86376188 (TTAB January 20, 2017) (available here).  Here, the TTAB is considering an appeal of a refusal to register the mark 100 PERCENT WINE for goods including “wine” which was refused […]

By |February 10th, 2017|Trademark, TTAB|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: February 6, 2017 :: CA finds attorney bills can be privileged and a trademark registration for white gunpowder

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, February 6, 2017, we will discuss the following:
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County (Cal., December 29, 2016) (available here).  Reversing a lower court opinion, the California Supreme Court found that attorney billing invoices for work in pending and active […]

By |January 31st, 2017|Acquired Distintiveness, Trademark, TTAB|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: January 30, 2017 :: Some of the First Trademark and Copyright Decisions of 2017

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, January 30, 2017, we will discuss the following:
Perfect 10, Inc. v. Giganews, Inc. (9th Cir. 1/23/17) (available here).  Court dismissed 10’s claim for direct copyright infringement awarding Giganews fees and costs. 9th Circuit affirmed. 10 failed to state a claim where the court found that the […]

By |January 27th, 2017|Trademark|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: January 23, 2017 :: Trademark infringement

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, January 23, 2017, we will discuss the following:
Viacom International Inc. v. IJR Capital Investments, LLC (S.D.Texas Jan. 11, 2017) (available here). IJR filed a trademark application for THE KRUSTY KRAB for restaurant services. Viacom then sent a cease and desist letter asking IJR to refrain from using the trademark […]

By |January 19th, 2017|Trademark|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: January 16, 2017 :: An Alice About-Face in S.D.N.Y.

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, January 16, 2017, we will discuss the following:
TNS Media Research, LLC v. TIVO Research and Analytics, Inc., Case No. 11 Civ. 4039 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 29, 2016) (available here). But, before you read that decision, read this one. The November 29, 2016 decision is a vacatur of the earlier, February […]

By |January 12th, 2017|Patent, Statutory Subject Matter|0 Comments