SoCal IP Law Institute MCLE meeting June 20, 2022 – Two CAFC patent cases

Please join us on Monday, June 20, 2022 at 12:00 pm, where we will discuss two recent patent rulings of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.   University of Massachusetts v. L’Oréal S.A., No. 21-1969 (Fed. Cir. 2022) This case is an appeal from the United States District Court for the District of [...]

SoCal IP Law Institute MCLE meeting of June 13, 2022 – CAFC re: Intrinsic Evidence on Indefiniteness and Sanctions; and CAFC re: Damages Calculation.

Please join us on Monday, June 13, 2022 at 12:00 pm, where we will discuss recent Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit action regarding Intrinsic Evidence on Indefiniteness and Sanctions; and regarding Damages Calculation. For CAFC Clarifies Analysis of Intrinsic Evidence on Indefiniteness, Affirms PTAB’s Denial of Sanctions, please see: ClearOne v Shure. For [...]

SoCal IP Law Institute MCLE meeting of June 13, 2022 – CAFC re: Intrinsic Evidence on Indefiniteness and Sanctions; and CAFC re: Damages Calculation

Please join us on Monday, June 13, 2022 at 12:00 pm, where we will discuss recent Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit action regarding Intrinsic Evidence on Indefiniteness and Sanctions; and regarding Damages Calculation For Intrinsic Evidence on Indefiniteness and Sanctions please see: ClearOne v Shure. For Damages Calculation please see: Pavo v. Kingston. [...]

Unmarked Vape Pens and No-Name Pianos with Fake Names

This week we have a pair of IP cases about marking. First, a patent case, Lubby Holdings v Chung, where a vape device company should have marked its products with the patent number. Second, a trademark case, Piano Factory v Schiedmayer Celesta, in which a piano vendor marked its cheap pianos with a fancy name. [...]

The Supreme Court’s 2021 Personal Jurisdiction Decision – presented by Marina L. Lang

Ford Motor Co. v. Montana Eighth Judicial Dist. Ct. 141 S.Ct. 1017 (2021) For our discussion, we will analyze how the Supreme Court expanded personal jurisdiction over out-of-state defendants. The majority held that a Court’s specific jurisdiction standard includes suits that sufficiently “relate to” a defendant’s forum contacts, even in the absence of a "causal [...]

Real Life Clash of Clans – Huge Verdicts are Alive and Well in the E.D. Tex.

Real-Life Clash of Clans - Huge Verdicts are Alive and Well in the E.D. Tex. In Gree, Inc. v. Supercell Oy (E.D. Tex. 2019 and 2020), available here, here, here, here (judgment), here, here, here, and here (jury verdict). Gree, Inc. is (was?) a successful Japanese mobile game developer. Their games have been popular in Japan for at least [...]

SoCal IP Institute :: October 21, 2013 :: Pharrell Williams And Will-I-Am in IP Dispute; Bentley Prevails in Trademark Dispute

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, October 21, 2013 will be a discussion of Singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams lawsuit for declaratory relief that his trademark "I am OTHER" company is not infringing on Will.i.am's "I AM" trademark.  The complaint can be found here, and the Answer with Counterclaims can be found here. We will also [...]

SoCal IP Institute :: September 16, 2013 :: Design patents and Trademark Infringement

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, September 16, 2013 will be a discussion of a recent Federal Circuit decision regarding design patents and a First Circuit decision regarding trademark infringement. Brief synopses of the cases appear below. Dorpan, S.L. V. Hotel Melia, Inc., Case No. 12-1679 (1st Cir. August 28, 2013) (available here). [...]

SoCal IP Institute :: August 19, 2013 ::

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, August 19, 2013 will be a discussion of a recent 9th Circuit decision regarding player likenesses in games and a non-precedential case at the TTAB involving the Morehouse defense. Brief synopses of the cases appear below. Seltzer v. Green Day, Inc., Case No. 11-56573 (9th Cir. August [...]

SoCal IP Institute :: April 15, 2013 :: Exceptional case and willful infringement

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, April 15, 2013 will be a discussion of two Federal Circuit cases regarding patents.  Brief synopses of the cases appear below. Checkpoint Systems, Inc. v. All-Tag Security S.A., et. al. (Fed. Cir. March 25, 2013) (available here). At the district court, the defendant recovered attorney fees and [...]

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