SoCal IP Institute :: August 28, 2017 :: Enhanced Damages for Patent Infringement ; IPR Filing Deadlines

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, August 28, 2017, we will discuss the following cases: Georgetown Rail v. Holland., (Federal Circuit August 14, 2017) (available here). Georgetown Rail owned a patent for a method of inspecting railroad tie-plates and automating the examination of misaligned tie plates. Holland infringed the patent and Georgetown sued. The district [...]

By |2017-08-23T14:29:32-07:00August 23rd, 2017|Litigation, Patent, Invalidity|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: August 21, 2017 :: Trademark Infringement ; Computer Memory and Abstract Ideas

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, August 21, 2017, we will discuss the following cases: Tiffany & Co. v. Costco Wholesale Corp., (Federal Circuit August 14, 2017) (available here). Costco sold non Tiffany rings next to signs that said “Tiffany.” Tiffany sued under the Lanham act for Costco’s profits as well as punitive damages. The [...]

By |2017-08-16T12:24:34-07:00August 16th, 2017|Litigation, Patent, Trademark, Invalidity|0 Comments

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 [...]

SoCal IP Institute :: August 7, 2017 :: Inequitable Conduct Reviving a Patent Application ; Inequitable Conduct in Patent Litigation

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, August 7, 2017, we will discuss the following cases: 3D Med. Imaging Sys., LLC v. 3D Med. Imaging Sys., LLC, (N.D. Ga. January 2017) (available here). Plaintiff acquired a patent portfolio and began suing defendant for patent infringement. Defendant raised the affirmative defense of inequitable conduct arguing that one [...]

By |2017-08-02T09:08:24-07:00August 2nd, 2017|Patent, Invalidity|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: July 31, 2017 :: Clothing Trademarks ; Functional Designs

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, July 31, 2017, we will discuss the following cases: In re Critelli, (TTAB. July 24, 2017) (available here). The USPTO refused to register the mark LAVA for outdoor survival clothing. LAVA ACCESSORIES had already been registered for "scarfs; travel clothing contained in a package comprising reversible jackets, pants, skirts, [...]

By |2017-07-26T09:31:05-07:00July 26th, 2017|Trademark, TTAB, Invalidity, Likelihood of Confusion|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: July 24, 2017 :: Law Firm Trademarks ; Expert Testimony and Claim Scope

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, July 24, 2017, we will discuss the following cases: Merchant & Gould P.C. v. MG-IP Law, P.C. (TTAB decision April 19, 2017) (available here). An IP law firm filed for a trademark to the name MG-IP.  Another IP law firm, Merchant and Gould, petitioned for cancellation of [...]

SoCal IP Institute :: March 23, 2015 :: MobileMedia v. Apple in the Fed. Cir.; S.D. Cal Refutes Forum Shopping Contention

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, March 23, 2015 will be a discussion of: Mobile Media Ideas LLC v. Apple Inc. Case No. No. 1:10-cv-00258-SLR-MPT, (Fed. Cir. March 17, 2015)  (available here).   There were several patents at issue, primarily concerning cell phone technology.  Among other holdings, the Court upheld the jury's nonobvious finding regarding the [...]

SoCal IP Institute :: September 8, 2014 :: Trademarks and Patentable Subject Matter

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, September 8, 2014 will be a discussion of a recent trademark decision and a recent decision on patentable subject matter from the District of Delaware. Brief synopses of the cases appear below. Panda Kroll, Esq., will lead the discussion on the trademark case. Blackhorse v. Pro-Football, Inc., Cancellation [...]

By |2014-10-29T09:51:36-07:00September 8th, 2014|Patent, Statutory Subject Matter, Trademark, Invalidity|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: April 7, 2014 :: Arbitration clauses in licensing agreements and Nonobviousness standards in design patents

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, April 7, 2014 will be a discussion of arbitration clauses in licensing agreements and nonobviousness standards in design patents. Brief synopses appear below. Radware, Ltd. and Radware, Inc. v. F5 Networks, Case No. C-13-02024 (N. Dist. of Cal. 12/23/2013) (available here).  Radware sued F5 for patent infringement in the [...]

By |2014-04-03T23:17:37-07:00April 3rd, 2014|Patent, Venue, Invalidity, Obviousness|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: March 3, 2014 :: Patent Infringement and Venue Cases

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, March 3, 2014 will be a discussion of patent infringement and venue. Brief synopses appear below. Realtime Data v. Morgan Stanley, Case No. 2013-1092 (Fed. Cir. 1/27/2014) (available here). Realtime owns patents relating to compressing data for transmission. The defendants use a standard called FAST which is used [...]

By |2014-03-01T00:30:59-08:00March 1st, 2014|Patent, Venue, Invalidity, Noninfringement|0 Comments
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