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 [...]

Tattoo Copyright Infringement and Post-Brexit Trademark Considerations

Tattoo Copyright Infringement and Post-Brexit Trademark Considerations For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, June 7, 2021, Chris Kopitzke will lead a discussion of the legal issues arising from unauthorized copying of a photograph for a tattoo and will highlight selected trademark responsibilities resulting from Brexit.   What happens when a celebrity tattoo [...]

The Trademark Modernization Act of 2020 – SoCal IP Institute meeting May 24, 2021 @ 1:00 pm

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, May 24, 2021, 1:00 pm PT, Michael Harris will lead a discussion of the Trademark Modernization Act. The Trademark Modernization Act of 2020 (TMA) (tm modernization act) is now law, but it needs PTO rules before TMA will become effective. The proposed rules are at TMA [...]

Two Recent Federal Circuit Patent Cases – SoCal IP Institute meeting May 17, 2021 @ 1:00 pm

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, May 17, 2021 at 1:00 pm, Mark Goldstein will lead a discussion of two recent Federal Circuit patent cases. Free Stream Media Corp. dba Samba TV v. Alphonso Inc. (Fed. Cir. May 11, 2021, 2019-1506, 2019-213) Samba sued Alphonso in two courts, asserting infringement of its [...]

SoCalIP Law Institute Weekly Meeting – April 26, 2021 – Transformative Copyrights and Patent Battles in the Spin World

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, April 26, 2021 we will discuss the following: Second Circuit Finds Andy Warhol’s Use of Prince Photograph Wasn’t All That Transformative After All - See The Andy Warhol Foundation v. Goldsmith, Case No. 19-2420 (2d Cir. March 26, 2021) In a recent decision, the Second Circuit [...]

SoCal IP Institute meeting – Monday, February 8, 2021

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, February 8, 2021 we will discuss the following In re Mohapatra (CAFC, Feb. 5, 2021) (Opinion here) (Patent App Pub here) Federal Circuit finds claims are directed to the abstract idea. Mohapatra’s innovation was to create a more dynamic security code than the 3-4 digit code [...]

An IPR Appellate Plaintiff Must have Standing to Appeal and What Makes for an Adequate Pre-Suit Infringement Investigation

Standing to appeal an IPR is deprived by an agreement of non-infringement Who is entitled to appeal an IPR decision? That is a recurring question in IPR jurisprudence. This still relatively-new process created by the American Invents Act has been found by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to allow "[a] person who is not [...]

SoCal IP Institute :: August 14, 2017 :: Doctrine of Equivalents ; CAFC Disagrees with the PTAB

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, August 14, 2017, we will discuss the following cases: Enzo Biochem v. Applera, (Federal Circuit 2017) (available here). Enzo and Applera had been involved in litigation over patents for genetic testing and labeling since 2004. In a new round of litigation, plaintiff argued under the doctrine of equivalence, that [...]

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