SoCal IP Institute MCLE April 22nd Music Modernization Act

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, April 22nd, 2019, we will have a round table discussion on the Music Modernization Act.

To facilitate the discussion we will be going over

The Federal Register (here)

The Bill itself (here)

A report by the Copyright Office (here)

A pamphlet from the Copyright Office (here)

EFF’s comment regarding the act (here)

A […]

By |April 18th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute MCLE April 8th; Trademark Office Comes to Los Angeles.

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, April 8th, 2019, Chris Kopitzke will report on the “Trademark Office Comes to California” program that she attended in Los Angeles this week.  The attached materials cover some key changes in the works that will affect trademark practitioners, as well as advanced practice tips from the […]

By |April 5th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute MCLE April 1; Unauthorized Practice of Patent Law; Dr. Seuss and Fair Use; Music Modernization at the Copyright Office.

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, April 1st, 2019, we will discuss the following cases:

People v. Dak Steiert and Intelligent Patent Services, LLC , (Colo. 2/6/2019)(Available Here). Mr. Dak Steiert opened a law firm in Colorado offering to represent clients before the USPTO. The firm hired patent attorneys by contract, but the […]

By |March 27th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute MCLE March 25; Ethics in attorney client relationship; 101 issues; trademark infringement.

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, March 25th, 2019, we will discuss the following cases:

Falk Pharma Gmbh v. Salix Pharmaceuticals, Inc., (CAFC February 8 2019)(Available Here). Falk Pharma sued Salix Pharmaceuticals for trademark infringement. The litigation resulted in three appeals, defendant motioned to disqualify plaintiff’s law firm in all three appeals. The […]

By |March 20th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute MCLE March 18; Short Cases with Important Reminders.

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, March 18th, 2019, we will discuss the following cases:
Nautilus, Incorporated v. ICON Health & Fitness, (5th Cir. February 22, 2019)(Available Here) Plaintiff exercise bike company sued a competitor for breach of contract when Defendant stopped paying royalty payments. At issue was what the term “product” in […]

By |March 18th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute MCLE March 11; Supreme Court Weighs in on Copyright Law

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, March 11th, 2019, we will discuss the following cases:
Fourth Estate Pub. Benefit Corp. v. Wall-Street.com (U.S. March 4, 2019)(Available Here) Fourth Estate licensed articles to Wall-Street.com. The license was eventually cancelled, but Wall-Street kept the articles on its website. Fourth Estate sued for copyright infringement, but […]

By |March 6th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute MCLE March 4; Sovereign Immunity With State School Patent Plaintiffs ; Joint Venture Trade Secret Misappropriation

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, March 4th, 2019, we will discuss the following cases:
University of Florida Research Foundation, Inc. v. General Electric Company  (CAFC February 26, 2019)(Available Here) The University of Florida sued General Electric for patent infringement on a patent  for Managing Critical Care Physiologic Data Using Data Synthesis Technology […]

By |March 1st, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute MCLE February 25; Default Judgment Copyright Lawsuits ; When is Using a Trademark Not Counterfeiting?

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, February 25th , 2019, we will discuss the following cases:
Boost Beauty v. Woo Signatures (CD Cal February 11, 2019)(Available Here) Plaintiff and defendant both produced cosmetic products. Defendant used Plaintiff’s mark in an ad campaign by purchasing AdWords containing the mark. Plaintiff sued defendant for among […]

By |February 21st, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute MCLE February 11; Hashtag as a Trademarks ; Patent Venue in Texas

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, February 11th , 2019, we will discuss the following cases:
In re DePorter (TTAB January 29, 2019 here) Applicant applied for the mark #MAGICNUMBER108 to be used with clothing. The Trademark Office rejected the application arguing the mark failed to function as a trademark. The TTAB affirmed the refusal to register. […]

By |February 11th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute MCLE February 4; Experimental Use; Patent Term Adjustment

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, February 4th , 2019, we will discuss the following cases:
Barry v. Medtronic, Inc (CAFC January 24, 2019 here) Dr. Mark Barry filed and owned two patents (7,670,358 and 8,361,121) related to scoliosis surgery. He sued Medtronic at the district court level, and a jury found several claims infringed. Medtronic […]

By |January 31st, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments