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August 19, 2013 will be a discussion of a recent 9th Circuit decision regarding player likenesses in games and a non-precedential case at the TTAB involving the Morehouse defense.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 [...]

SoCal IP Institute :: December 3, 2012 :: Exclusion of Testimony and Federal Standards of Proof

We will be discussing one Federal Circuit case and one California Supreme Court case during our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, December 3, 2012. Brief synopses are presented below. Sargon Enterprises, Inc. v. Univ. of S. Cal., Case No. S191550 (Cal. Sup. Ct. November 26, 2012) (attached). Sargon Enterprises is a small dental [...]

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SoCal IP Institute :: November 26, 2012 :: Overcoming Prima Facie Obviousness and Standing

We will be discussing two Federal Circuit cases during our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, November 26, 2012. Brief synopses are presented below. Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling, Inc. v. Maersk Drilling USA, Inc., Case No. 2011-1555 (Fed. Cir. November 15, 2012) (attached). This case involves a patent for offshore drilling technology that allows [...]

SoCal IP Institute :: October 15, 2012 :: Geographically Misdescriptive Trademarks and International Comity

We will be discussing one Federal Circuit case and one 9th Circuit case during our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, October 15, 2012. Brief synopses are presented below. In re Miracle Tuesday, LLC., Case No. 2011-1373 (Fed. Cir. October 4, 2012) (attached). Miracle Tuesday filed an intent-to-use trademark application for the word mark [...]

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