SoCal IP Institute :: October 24, 2016 :: Disavowal of Patent Claim Scope and No Copyright Infringement of “Who’s on First?”

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, October 24, 2016, we will discuss the following: Poly America, L.P. v. API Industries, Inc. (Fed Cir. October 14, 2016) (available here). Plaintiff brought a patent infringement action, where the district court found that the patent and prosecution history "contain clear and unequivocal statements that the [...]

SoCal IP Institute :: October 17, 2016 :: Preemption Under Section 101 and the Hazards of Copying Attorney Work Product

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, October 17, 2016, we will discuss the following: McRO v. Bandai et al. (Fed Cir. Sept. 13, 2016) (available here). We previously covered this case at the district court level here. It was one of the first substantive Section 101 cases following Alice.  At the district [...]

By |2016-10-17T11:36:14-07:00October 12th, 2016|Copyright, Infringement, Patent, Statutory Subject Matter|0 Comments

UPDATE: SoCal IP Institute :: October 17, 2016 :: Preemption Under Section 101 and the Hazards of Copying Attorney Briefs

Update: The date has been changed to October 17, 2016.  We will have a visiting speaker on October 10, 2016. For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, October 17, 2016, we will discuss the following: McRO v. Bandai et al. (Fed Cir. Sept. 13, 2016) (available here). We previously covered this case at [...]

By |2016-09-30T11:21:22-07:00September 29th, 2016|Copyright, Infringement, Patent, Statutory Subject Matter|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: August 22, 2016 :: Willful copyright infringement and the Written Description Requirement for Patent Claims

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, August 22, 2016, we will discuss the following: Friedman v. Live Nation Merchandise (9th Cir. August 18, 2016) (available here). Plaintiff Glen Friedman is a photographer who took pictures of the hip hop band Run-DMC during the 1980s. Live Nation is a music merchandising company and is involved in [...]

By |2016-08-19T11:19:14-07:00August 19th, 2016|Copyright, Infringement, Patent, Written Description|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: March 28, 2016 :: Forum non conveniens in intellectual property dispute and standing to sue for infringement of Disney’s Haunted Mansion flickering candle patent

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, March 28, 2016, we will discuss the following cases: Halo Creative & Design Ltd. v. Comptoir Des Indes, Inc. (Fed. Cir. March 14, 2016) (available here).  A Hong Kong furniture manufacturer asserted Canadian defendants infringed their intellectual property and violated Illinois consumer fraud and deceptive business practices [...]

SoCal IP Institute :: March 16, 2015 :: Discussion of Blurred Lines copyright infringement verdict

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, March 16, 2015, will be a discussion of the jury verdict in the Blurred Lines copyright infringement case. On March 10, 2015, a jury held that Robin Thicke's hit song titled, "Blurred Lines" infringed Marvin Gaye's copyrights. The jury awarded $7.4 million to Gaye's estate. The jury [...]

By |2015-03-14T16:00:40-07:00March 14th, 2015|Copyright, Infringement|1 Comment

SoCal IP Institute :: March 2, 2015 :: Laches Defense Bars Dilution Claim in the TTAB & 9th Circuit Reverses Lower Court in the “Jersey Boys” Case

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, March 2, 2015 will be a discussion of: Ava Ruha Corporation dba Mother's Market & Kitchen v. Mother's Nutritional Center, Inc., Cancellation No. 92056067 (TTAV 1/29/15 (available here).  In a precedential TTAB Opinion, Ava petitioned to cancel Mother's marks "Mother's" and "Mother's Nutritional Center" “Retail grocery stores that exclusively feature foods authorized [...]

By |2015-02-27T16:53:29-08:00February 27th, 2015|Copyright, Infringement, Dilution, Copyright Ownership, laches|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: September 22, 2014 :: A Glance at Current Copyright Happenings

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, September 22, 2014 will be a discussion of recent copyright cases. Brief synopses of the cases we will discuss appear below. Princeton Payment Solutions, LLC v. ACI Worldwide, Inc. et al, No. 1:13-vc-852 (ED Va. August 15, 2014) (available here). In this computer software copyright case, the Court granted summary [...]

By |2014-10-29T09:51:36-07:00September 20th, 2014|Copyright, Infringement, Ownership|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: April 14, 2014 :: eBook held not to be a new derivative work under Copyright Law; Fed Cir. upholds Rejection of Stone Lion Capitol Trademark.

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, April 14, 2014 will be a discussion of a recent copyright and trademark case:  Brief synopses appear below. Peter Mayer Publishers, Inc. v. Shilovskaya, Case No. 12 Civ. 8867 (PGG)  (S.D.N. Y 3/31/14, ) (available here).  The issue was whether an eBook version of a commissioned English translation of a Russian novel [...]

By |2014-04-12T02:07:46-07:00April 12th, 2014|Copyright, Infringement, Ownership, Trademark, TTAB|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: March 24, 2014 :: 9th Circuit Reverses Denial of Preliminary Injunction in a Copyright Case; A jury in the Northern District of California has Criminalized the Theft of Trade Secrets

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, March 24, 2014 will be a discussion of a recent 9th circuit decision and a criminal trade secret jury trial.  Brief synopses appear below. Garcia v. Google et. al., Case No. 12-57301 (9th Cir. Feb. 26, 2014) (available here.).  Here, the panel reversed the district court’s denial of a preliminary [...]

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