SoCal IP Institute :: June 12, 2017 :: Changes to Patent Venue and Google Is Still Not a Generic Term

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, June 12, 2017, we will discuss the following cases:
TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC  (Supreme Court, March 27, 2017) (available here).  Kraft Foods sued TC Heartland for patent infringement in Delaware. The district court denied TC’s motion to dismiss or transfer venue. TC petitioned […]

SoCal IP Institute :: May 8, 2017 :: Means-Plus-Function Standard and No Summary Judgment for Trade Dress Infringement

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, May 8, 2017, we will discuss the following cases:
Williamson v. Citrix Online, LLC (Fed. Cir., June 16, 2015) (available here).  In the original panel opinion for this case, the majority held that use of the word “module” does not invoke means-plus-function language in patent claims, such that the relevant […]

SoCal IP Institute :: May 1, 2017 :: Marking Requirements and Counterclaim Pleading Standards Post-Twombly

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, May 1, 2017, we will discuss the following cases:
Rembrant Wireless Techs., LP v. Samsung Electonics Co. Ltd. et al., Case No 2016-1729 (Fed. Cir. April 17, 2017) (available here). A jury found that Samsung infringed Rembrandt’s asserted patents, which the jury also found not invalid over prior art cited […]

By |April 27th, 2017|Patent|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: April 24, 2017 :: WIPO Review: Voltas Ltd. v. Purewal; BWP Media v. T & S Software Associates

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, April 24, 2017, we will discuss the following cases:
Voltas Ltd v. Purewal, (WIPO 3/20/17) (available here). VL loses domain name dispute over possibility that disputed website had the appearance of an established engineering business.

BWP Media. v. T & S Software, (5th Cir. March 27, 2017)  (available here).  Copyright infringement inferred.  BWP […]

By |April 21st, 2017|Patent, Trade Secret|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: April 17, 2017 :: Safe harbor provisions in the DMCA and copyright infringement

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, April 17, 2017, we will discuss the following cases:
Mavrix Photographs v. LiveJournal, (9th Cir. April 7, 2017) (available here). Plaintiff Mavrix sued LiveJournal, a social media platform, for posting its photographs protected by copyrights. The district court held that the LiveJournal was protected by the safe harbor provisions […]

By |April 13th, 2017|Patent, Trade Secret|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: April 3, 2017 :: Motion Tracking System Used in Fighter Jets Patent Eligible Under Section 101 and Employer Review Website Need Not Disclose User ID

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, April 3, 2017, we will discuss the following cases:
Thales Visionix Inc. v. United States, (Fed. Cir. March 8, 2017) (available here).  Plaintiff asserted infringement of a patent that discloses an inertial tracking system for tracking the motion of an object relative to a moving reference frame against the government. […]

By |March 28th, 2017|Patent, Trade Secret|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: March 27, 2017 :: The Supreme Court on Copyright Separability and Patent Laches

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, March 27, 2017, we will discuss the following Supreme Court cases:
Star Athletica, LLC v. Varsity Brands, Inc. et al. (March 22, 2017) (available here).  We previously discussed this case here when it was before the 6th Circuit. There, the 6th Circuit held that Varsity’s designs for its cheerleader uniforms […]

By |March 24th, 2017|Copyright, Patent|0 Comments

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