SoCal IP Institute :: August 22, 2016 :: Willful copyright infringement and the Written Description Requirement for Patent Claims

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, August 22, 2016, we will discuss the following:
Friedman v. Live Nation Merchandise (9th Cir. August 18, 2016) (available here). Plaintiff Glen Friedman is a photographer who took pictures of the hip hop band Run-DMC during the 1980s. Live Nation is a music merchandising company and is involved in the […]

By |August 19th, 2016|Copyright, Infringement, Patent, Written Description|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: October 28, 2013 :: Patent Infringement and Trade Secret Cases

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, October 28, 2013 will be a discussion of trademark infringement and copyrights in space. Brief synopses appear below.

Ibormeith IP, LLC v. Mercedes-Benz, Case No. 2013-1007 (Fed. Cir. 10/22/2013) (available here). Plaintiff Ibormeith held a patent which aided in alerting drivers when they were becoming sleepy at the wheel. Ibormeith […]

By |October 25th, 2013|Patent, Trademark, Written Description|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: Sept. 9, 2013 :: “Trademark Bully” Facebook Prevails & Craigslist gets no Peace with the TTAB

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, September 9, 2013 will be a discussion of two recent TTAB decisions.

In Facebook Inc. v. Think Computer Corporation (TTAB July 23, 2013)  (available here), FACEBOOK prevailed in opposing Applicant’s mark FACEMAIL, a provider of emails and instant messaging services on the grounds of confusion and dilution.   Applicant called […]

By |August 26th, 2013|Patent, Trademark, TTAB, Written Description, Concurrent Use|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: August 26, 2013 :: Common Law Rights of Publicity and Machine Readable Storage Medium

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, August 26, 2013 will be a discussion of a recent Central District of California decision regarding common law rights of publicity and a precedential case involving the patentability of “machine readable storage medium.” Brief synopses of the cases appear below.

Hebrew University of Jerusalem v. General Motors, Case […]

SoCal IP Institute :: April 8, 2013 :: Trademark Concurrent Use and Design Patents

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, April 8, 2013 will be a discussion of one Federal Circuit case regarding design patents and a TTAB concurrent use proceeding decision. Brief synopses of the cases appear below.

In re Owens, Case No. 2010-1426 (Fed. Cir. March 26, 2013) (available here).

The Federal Circuit affirmed the BPAI’s rejection […]

By |April 4th, 2013|Patent, Trademark, TTAB, Written Description, Concurrent Use|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: November 19, 2012 :: Inventorship and Best Mode

We will be discussing two Federal Circuit cases during our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, November 19, 2012. Brief synopses are presented below.

Hor v. Chu, Case No. 2011-1540 (Fed. Cir. November 14, 2012) (attached).

The defendant, Paul Chu, is a professor at the University of Houston.  He is listed as the sole inventor of […]

By |November 16th, 2012|Patent, Unenforceability, Written Description, Invalidity|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: October 22, 2012 :: Claim Construction and Abuse of Discretion

We will be discussing two Federal Circuit cases during our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, October 22, 2012. Brief synopses are presented below.

Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Case No. 2012-1507 (Fed. Cir. October 11, 2012) (attached).

On February 8, 2012, Apple brought suit against Samsung, alleging that Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus smartphone infringes […]

SoCal IP Institute :: August 6, 2012 :: Claim Construction

We will be discussing two Federal Circuit cases during our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, August 6, 2012. Brief synopses are presented below.

Grober v. Mako Prod. Inc., Case No. 2010-1519, -1527 (Fed. Cir. July 30, 2012) (attached).

Grober owns patent No. 6,611,662 towards a platform for stabilizing a camera for filming motion pictures from […]

SoCal IP Institute :: April 9, 2012 :: Means-Plus-Function and Inequitable Conduct

We will be discussing a Federal Circuit case and a Northern District of California case during our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, April 9, 2012. Brief synopses are presented below:

Ergo Licensing, LLC. v. CareFusion 303, Inc., 2011-1229 (C.A.F.C. Mar. 26, 2012) (attached).

In a patent infringement case over a patent on an infusion system […]

SoCal IP Institute :: April 18, 2011 :: McKesson Split Infringement and Summary Judgment of Invalidity

We will be discussing two recent, relevant opinions in our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, April 18, 2011.  The first case is a further refinement of the on-going development of split infringement jurisprudence. The second case deals with written description and the propriety of summary judgment of anticipation.  A brief synopsis of the […]