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 [...]

SoCal IP MCLE meeting May 10, 2021

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, May 10, 2021 will be a discussion of two Federal Circuit cases: Functional Claim “Raises the Bar for Enablement” In Amgen v. Sanofi and Regeneron (Fed. Cir. 2021) (available - Amgen case) the CAFC provided another anti-functional-limitation decision — this time rendering Amgen’s monoclonal antibody claims invalid.  [...]

SoCal IP Institute :: October 23, 2017 :: Please join us for a presentation by guest speaker Ian Tollett ;

Please join us for our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, October 23, 2017. SoCal IP welcomes Ian Tollett of Williams Powell, an intellectual property firm in the United Kingdom. Mr. Tollett is a British and European Patent Attorney with an interest in the patenting of chemical polymers, agrochemicals and medical devices as well [...]

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SoCal IP Institute :: September 25, 2017 :: Please join us for a presentation by guest speaker David Harris regarding: Brexit and its impact on European intellectual property

Please join us for our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, September 25, 2016. SoCal IP welcomes David Harris of Barker Brettell LLP, an intellectual property firm in the United Kingdom. Mr. Harris will lead a presentation addressing the impact of Brexit on EU and UK Intellectual Property Laws. All are invited to join [...]

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SoCal IP Institute :: September 18, 2017 :: DMCA and Physical Merchandise ; Fair Use and YouTube Comedy

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, September 18, 2017, we will discuss the following cases: Greg Young Publishing v Zazzle, (C.D. Cal, May 1, 2017) (available here). Zazzle is a website that allows customers to upload images and print them on merchandise. Greg Young Publishing (GYP) sued Zazzle alleging they publicly displayed GYP’s copyrighted images [...]

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SoCal IP Institute :: September 11, 2017 :: Censored Videos and the DMCA ; Tea Rose-Rectanus Doctrine ; Assignor Estoppel

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, September 11, 2017, we will discuss the following cases: Disney Enterprises, Inc. v. Vidangel, Inc., (9th Circuit, August 24, 2017) (available here). VidAngel ran a service that would stream television and movies but removed objectionable content first. To operate their service, VidAngel purchased physical disks of the content they [...]

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