The Curious Lawyer: Legal Lessons From the Remarkable James Bond Litigation History

Please join us at noon Monday, January 22, 2024 where we will view a video describing copyright issues surrounding the James Bond movies and books. video link here Guy Cumberbatch, of counsel to SoCalIP, will present. This activity is approved for 1 hour of MCLE credit. If you will be joining us, please RSVP to [...]

Taylor Swift’s masters controversy and the Copyright Law behind it

Please join us on Monday, November 13, 2023 at Noon, where we will discuss the issue of master ownership and the legal copyright conflicts between record labels and artists.  Taylor Swift may be the first to make this copyright issue truly public, leaving fans wondering who really owns Swift's music and why.  She says she [...]

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

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 [...]

SoCal IP Institute :: June 19, 2017 ::The Supreme Court on Patent Exhaustion; Housing Design Copyright Trolls

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, June 19, 2017, we will discuss the following cases: Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc. (Supreme Court, May 30, 2017) (available here). Lexmark makes and sells certain printer toner cartridges. To prevent third parties from reselling used toner cartridges, Lexmark instituted a “buyback” program. Customers [...]

SoCal IP Institute :: February 8, 2016 :: TTAB rules no fraudulent intent regarding false claim of use in citable decision; Hip Hop Artist’s copyright lawsuit dismissed by 2nd Cir. as Time-Barred

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, February 8, 2016, will be a discussion of the following: Embarcadero Tech. v. Delphix Corp, (TTAB 1/21/16) (available here). At issue was a motion for summary judgment brought by Delphix on Embarcadero's claim that Delphix fraudulently proclaimed use in commerce of its DELPHIX mark. Embarcadero also filed a motion to amend its petition for cancellation [...]

By |2016-02-01T15:35:02-08:00February 1st, 2016|Copyright, Ownership, Trademark, TTAB, Use in Commerce, Damages, Fraud|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: January 18, 2015 :: First sale defense for copyright infringement and Patent ineligible abstract ideas

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, January 18, 2016, will be a discussion of the following: Adobe Systems, Inc. v. Christiansen, (9th. Cir. December 30, 2015) (available here).   Adobe Systems sued Christiansen for copyright infringement as a result of selling Adobe software that defendant had purchased from a third party. Defendant Christiansen asserted that [...]

By |2016-01-15T16:48:25-08:00January 15th, 2016|Copyright, Ownership, Patent|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: December 14, 2015 :: Damages in Patent Infringement and ‘Santa Claus Is Coming to Town’ Rights Passed to Author’s Family

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, December 14, 2015, will be a discussion of the following: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization v. Cisco Systems, Inc., (Fed. Cir. December 3, 2015) (available here).   In a challenge to the district court's award of damages in a patent infringement action, the judgment is vacated and [...]

By |2015-12-10T09:37:42-08:00December 10th, 2015|Copyright, Ownership, Patent|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: July 6, 2015 :: Copyright Interests in Film Contributions & Kickstarter Prevails in Patent Case under Alice

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, July 6, 2015 will be a discussion of the following cases: Kickstarter, Inc. v. Fan Funded,  11 Civ. 6909, S.D.N.Y, Decided June 29, 2015 (available here).  Kickstarter brought a declaratory relief action against Fan Funded and ArtistShare that U.S. Patent No. 7,885,887 for “Method and apparatuses for financing and marketing a creative work” is [...]

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 :: July 14, 2014 :: Liens on IP do not Create Federal Questions and Receivership Over Some George Clinton Recordings Affirmed

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, July 14, 2014 will be a discussion of one 4th Circuit case regarding federal subject matter jurisdiction for liens enforced on intellectual property and a 9th Circuit decision on the appointment of a receiver and that receiver's rights over IP held by an individual. Brief synopses of [...]

By |2014-10-29T09:51:36-07:00July 13th, 2014|Copyright, Ownership|0 Comments
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