Lawsuits are spiking on the issue of whether non-fungible tokens (“NFTs”) qualify as “real” goods for the purpose of trademark protection – May 16, 2022

Non-fungible tokens ("NFTs") - what are they, anyhow? Technically, they are a digital asset.  Again, what does that mean? On Monday, May 16, 2022, SoCal IP Law Group LLP partner Marina L. Lang will lead a discussion on defining the nature of these novel digital assets and discuss the growing litigation over whether these assets [...]

Typeface and Font IP Protection – April 18, 2022

Typefaces - the actual shapes of a group of letters - and fonts - the software used to create a particular typeface - are both protectable under U.S. intellectual property laws. Design Patents in Typefaces The Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (the "MPEP") is remarkably terse regarding typefaces (called Type Fonts just to add to [...]

By |2022-05-06T09:36:52-07:00April 18th, 2022|Copyright|0 Comments

Exceptional Cases in Patent and Trademark – February 14, 2022

On Monday, February 14, 2022 (Happy Valentine's Day!), SoCal IP Law Group partner Jonathan Pearce will present on several patent and trademark cases involving "exceptional case" determinations. Our firm has handled a few litigation matters involving potential or actual exceptional cases recently. As a result, we have some experience in these determinations and thought them [...]

By |2022-02-12T08:45:44-08:00February 12th, 2022|Patent, Trademark, Attorney's Fees|0 Comments

An Overview of Generic Marks – If a Mark was Deemed Descriptive Ten Years ago, is it Generic Now?

  On Monday, February 7, 2022 at 1:00 pm, Marina Lang will present on recent caselaw dealing with Generic trademarks. Eleven years into a dispute, a federal court ruled that the "Pretzel Crisps" brand is a generic.  See the opinion. Ms. Lang will discuss the "not so simple" legal standard that is required for a [...]

By |2022-02-06T18:49:15-08:00February 6th, 2022|Copyright, Patent, Trademark|0 Comments

Recent Patent Decisions

On Monday, January 31, 2022 at 1:00 pm, we will discuss the following cases. The first, from the Supreme Court, Minerva Surgical, Inc. v. Hologic, Inc., 141 S. Ct. 2298 (2021) (Justice Kagan), revisits the assignor estoppel doctrine. “That doctrine, rooted in an idea of fair dealing, limits an inventor’s ability to assign a patent to [...]

By |2022-01-28T17:19:25-08:00January 28th, 2022|Patent, Trademark, Copyright|0 Comments

VGBA 2020-2021 IP Year in Review

On Monday, January 10, 2022 at 1:00 pm, Jonathan Pearce will re-present a recent presentation to the Video Game Bar Association made by himself and fellow practitioner Allison Rothman. Mr. Pearce and Ms. Rothman previously made this presentation during the VGBA's annual summit to provide its members with an update on the state of intellectual property [...]

By |2022-01-10T14:48:22-08:00January 10th, 2022|Trademark, Copyright, Patent|0 Comments

USPTO Crackdown on Trademark Scammers Amazon Crackdown on Counterfeiters

Please join us 9/27/2021 at 1:00pm for a discussion: United States Patent and Trademark Office Crackdown on Scammers. For years, owners of United States Trademark Registrations have been plagued by scam letters requesting payments to renews trademark registrations. Though trademark registrations must be renewed, these letters did not come from the actual USPTO but a [...]

Prosecuting Chinese Counterfeiters: New Enforcement Strategies Learned from Fendi v. Yilang at Shanghai Higher People’s Court

The FENDI Decision is out! After 5 long years, the Shanghai High Court issued its final judgement in the case of Fendi v. Yi Lang. Defendant Yi Lang (no relative of this week's presenter, SoCal IP Partner Marina Lang) can no longer operate his "Fendi" stores in China, stocked with parallel goods.  We will discuss [...]

Sirius Wins on CA State Copyright Claims and Sovereign Immunity Strikes Again

Sirius Gets a Win on CA State Copyright Claims In Flo & Eddie, Inc. v. Sirius XM Radio, Inc., No. 17-55844 (August 23, 2021) (available here), the panel reversed the district court’s grant of partial summary judgment to Flo & Eddie, Inc. in its action against Sirius XM satellite radio, seeking royalties for pre-1972 songs [...]

By |2021-08-30T09:04:18-07:00August 27th, 2021|Copyright, Litigation|0 Comments

Two Gotchas: Derivative Work Denied Copyright Registration; Insufficient Proof of Non-Use in Trademark Cancellation Action

On Monday, August 9, 2021, Chris Kopitzke will lead a discussion of the Copyright Office’s refusal to register the most recent version of the Golden Globe statuette, and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s finding that evidence submitted to prove non-use of a trademark was insufficient to establish a prima facie case of abandonment. In [...]

By |2021-08-05T21:16:43-07:00August 5th, 2021|Copyright, Litigation, Trademark, TTAB, Use in Commerce, Damages|0 Comments
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